Once again, the Queen’s honours list highlights the importance of everyone’s right to peace and quiet. Today Gloria Elliott OBE, Chief Executive of the Noise Abatement Society was honoured at Buckingham Palace with the same award that her father received twenty-six years ago.
John Connell OBE founded the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) charitable foundation in 1959. Following in her father’s footsteps, Gloria was honoured for ‘services to awareness of and solutions to pollution from noise’.
Gloria said “My father realised in the 1950s that the damaging effect of excessive noise on health, productivity and social cohesion was seriously underestimated. Because of his bold actions, noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK, giving people a right to peace and quiet.
Today, vibrancy is exciting and necessary in our fast-paced lives, but that can only be valued if there is also the opportunity to choose the alternatives of calm, quiet and the chance to switch off – working closely with industry and government the NAS offers pioneering and pragmatic solutions for those who wish to exercise choice in an otherwise noisy world.”