03 June 2013

Sam Fanshawe the CEO of MCS is awarded the Rachel Carson Prize

MCS Chief Executive becomes first British woman to receive international environmental women’s award for her ‘outstanding’ leadership of UK sea charity. Samantha Fanshawe has become the first British woman to receive the Rachel Carson Prize, an environmental award in memory of the American marine biologist and author, often called the mother of the modern environmental movement. Sam has been Chief Executive Officer of Ross-on-Wye based MCS since 2004. Prior to that she was the charity’s Head of Conservation and also ran the organisation’s flagship Beachwatch programme which works to reduce marine litter. Sam received the prize on June 2nd 2013 in Stavanger, Norway, during the city’s celebrations of World Environment Day. “It’s an incredible honour to be recognized in this way, and to be associated with Rachel Carson, one of the environmental movement’s most iconic pioneers. As a marine biologist, the sea inspired Rachel Carson to study and write of her concerns about how people were impacting the environment. This award recognizes the achievements of all those that I have been inspired by and worked with to take action to protect our seas for future generations,” said Sam