A regular occurrence in The New Years Honours List is to see an already outstanding individual being rewarded with a higher honour for continuing to progress their outstanding work and achievements.
This is the case for Dame Professor Teresa Lesley Rees (pictured above) who was awarded a DBE further to her original CBE in 2002.
Dame Teresa Rees is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. She took a leading role in establishing what has become GW4, the strategic alliance of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter Universities.
As the Director for Wales, Dame Teresa has worked closely with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, developing programmes on research leadership. Her research focuses on gender mainstreaming and is designed to inform evidence-based policy to promote gender equality, for example for European Union Member States, international companies and universities.
Dame Teresa is a long-term expert adviser to the European Commission on mainstreaming equalities in universities through structural change, and on integrating a sex and gender dimension into scientific research to improve its quality.
Graduating in 1970 from the University of Exeter Dame Teresa is now an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Learned Society for Wales.
Dame Teresa has been a driving-force in promoting gender equality with her outstanding research and is a prime example of one of the leading ladies bringing distinction to the UK.