Professor Teresa Rees CBE has a distinguished record of research and consultancy on gender inequality in fields such as education, training and the labour market. At the 2004 Annual General Meeting, Professor Rees was elected as Honorary President of the NPC.
A former member of Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences and a former Equal Opportunities Commissioner for Wales, Professor Rees's work on equal pay and managing the diversity policies of large corporations has had a major impact on the lives of many women in Wales.
She has also worked as a long-term consultant to the European Commission and various European governments on gender mainstreaming in relation to various policy fields such as higher education, training, labour markets, regional economic development, and most recently science policies.
Currently, she is involved with the work of the Welsh Assembly Government in its commitment to pay 'due regard' to equality of opportunity for all. In 2000 she was invited by the Assembly to chair an independent investigation into student hardship and funding in Wales.
In 2003 Professor Rees received the CBE for services to higher education and to equal opportunities. In 2002 she received the inaugural Val Feld Award at the Welsh Woman of the Year Awards, which recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to promoting the role of women in Welsh life.