Former refuge boss honoured by Charles

By Mark Andrews | Telford | News | Published:

The former head of a refuge for victims of domestic violence met the Prince of Wales this week to receive an honour.

Kathleen Rees, from Telford, was formally appointed an MBE at Buckingham Palace by Prince Charles on Thursday.

She worked for The Haven refuge in Wolverhampton for 24 years, eventually rising to become its chief executive.

The 65-year-old was honoured for services to the protection of women and child victims of domestic violence in the West Midlands and overseas.

Mrs Rees joined The Haven in 1992 as refuge co-ordinator before becoming its chief executive, and oversaw a period of growth.

The award was announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours list last year.

Former colleague Ann Dawson paid tribute to Mrs Rees.

“Kath advocates the sharing of skills and knowledge to improve the lives of women and children and ensure their human rights are upheld.

“Kath is passionate about international work and worked tirelessly to share knowledge, experience and best practice with women’s organisations in countries where services were less developed and the need for service was high.

"Under Kath’s leadership The Haven developed formal international partnerships.”

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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