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President: Judy Ling Wong CBE. FRSA. HonFCIWEM. HonPhD.


Judy Ling Wong is the UK President of Black Environment Network, with an international reputation as the pioneer in the field of ethnic participation in the built and natural environment. Judy lives in Llanberis, a village set against the dramatic landscape of Snowdonia in Wales. BEN works across diverse sectors in the context of sustainable development, integrating social, cultural and environmental concerns. Current themes include natural conservation, urban design, history and heritage, identity, health, employment, and access to the countryside and urban green spaces.

Judy is a major voice on policy towards social inclusion. Her contribution has included membership of the DCMS Historic Environment Executive Committee, ODPM Urban Green Spaces Task Force, National Trust Council for England and Wales, Wales Assembly Government Environmental Strategy Reference Group, Scottish Museums Council National Access and Learning Steering Group, and the IUCN/WCPA Task Force for Cities and Protected Areas.

The groundbreaking methodology developed by BEN to engage urban-based ethnic minorities has influenced mainstream work with the full range of disadvantaged social groups as a result of shared issues and contexts. BEN's most recent pioneering work is the development of methodology to engage ethnic minorities in the countryside with the environmental and heritage sectors, opening up access to enjoyment, volunteering and employment.

Judy has worked extensively in various sectors - in the arts, in psychotherapy and in community engagement. This multiple background means that she is uniquely place to take forward the development of an integrated approach to environmental participation, bringing together different fields and sharing cultural visions. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1997 in recognition of her contribution to contemporary environmental thinking. She was awarded an OBE as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2000 in recognition of her pioneering work in establishing ethnic environmental participation. In 2003, she was made a Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management. In 2005, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Gloucester. She was received a CBE in the Birthday Honours 2007 for services to heritage.


Chief Executive Officer: James Friel


BEN Birmingham Office:
James Friel


Tahaira Ali 




The Warehouse

54-57 Allison Street, Digbeth

Birmingham B5 5TH

Tel. 0121 643 6387


BEN Manchester Office:
Saleem Oppal





Bridge 5 Mill

22a Beswick Street

Manchester M4 7HR 

Tel: 0161 273 1970

Mobile: 07952 062912


Coventry Office

Marie Wellings




Koco Building

16, The Arches,

Spon End

Coventry, CV1 3JQ

Tel: 02476675211


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