A VOLUNTEER with the Moelfre branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has received his medal after being appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Dr Peter Jones was appointed an MBE in the 2024 New Year Honours List.

On Wednesday (April 16), he, his wife Sharon, and his daughter Ellie made their way to Windsor Castle so that Princess Anne, could present him with his award.


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He is the lead specialist adviser for peatlands at Natural Resources Wales, and was appointed a MBE for services to Welsh peatlands and the community in Wales.

Moelfre RNLI said: “Peter is a crucial member of our team here in Moelfre, being one of our head launchers, and his daughter Ellie is a crew member on both of our lifeboats.

His wife, Sharon, added: “We are proud of Peter and what he has achieved.

“We were also highly impressed with how we were treated by all involved in making the day so special.”

North Wales Chronicle: Peter JonesPeter Jones (Image: NRW)

With a career spanning more than 27 years, Peter has played a pivotal role in advancing understanding of peatland ecosystems and advocating for their protection.

Peter graduated with a first-class honours degree in botany and has a PhD in wetland ecology, both from Cardiff University.

He helped establish the National Peatland Action Programme, which is being delivered by NRW to help address the nature and climate emergencies.

Recalling when he received his letter telling him he had been awarded the honour, Peter said: “It was completely unexpected; it doesn’t feel real and I am very humbled by it.

“I am just one of many committed people at NRW working to safeguard and improve our wonderful peatland resource and the wider Welsh environment.”

Clare Pillman, Natural Resources Wales’ chief executive, added: "I am delighted that Pete has received this honour as it acknowledges the importance of working for the environment to our society.

“He has dedicated his career to understanding, restoring and promoting our understanding of peatlands.”