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Wales’s green regulator in turmoil as chair quits

Words: Laura Edgar
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The country’s green regulator was plunged into crisis this week as the chair of Natural Resources Wales resigned.

Diane McCrea quit in the wake of a scandal about the sale of timber from publicly owned woodland managed by the organisation, which should have been put up for sale on the open market but wasn’t.

The chair was under pressure after the Wales Audit Office queried the organisation’s accounts for the third time in as many years.

Rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths told AMs the resignation was “an appropriate response”.

The minister said a senior civil servant would be seconded to Natural Resources Wales to help chief executive Clare Pillman implement "the changes necessary to have a delivery organisation with strong governance”.

Griffiths also said she would appoint an interim chair pending the recruitment of a new chair and five new board members.

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