A KEY figure on the Capital’s cultural circuit has been honoured for her lifelong commitment to environmentally friendly projects.
Lady Susan Rice CBE was given a lifetime achievement award at the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland Awards (Vibes), which took place at The Hub, Castlehill, earlier this week.
The managing director of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland also chairs the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh Festivals Forum.
She was presented with the award on Tuesday by David Sigsworth, chairman of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).
Lady Rice said: “Vibes provides an essential bridge between business and the public sector on matters of environmental excellence.
“It’s not for me to judge my achievements, but I do know how deep a passion I have for the efficient use of resources, for sustainable development, and for justice in the way we address these issues.
“I’m genuinely grateful for this recognition and, with it, salute so many others who do so much for the environment.”
The 67-year-old was born on Rhode Island in the United States and went on to become the first woman to head a UK clearing bank when she joined Lloyds. She is also a board member of the Bank of England and in May was appointed a non-executive director at supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.
Lloyds Banking Group ranked ninth in Bloomberg’s World’s Greenest Banks 2012 – the highest ranking of any UK bank.
And as well as playing a leading role in addressing the group’s own carbon emissions and supporting low carbon energy initiatives, Lady Rice is also vice-chair and founding member of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Change Group.
Her credentials for the lifetime achievement award were boosted further by her role as the first woman president of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.
Vibes chair Gillian Bruce said Lady Rice was a deserving recipient of the prestigious honour.
She said: “Our lifetime achievement award is given to individuals who have dedicated their careers to environmental excellence within their business and beyond. In addition to being a hugely influential woman in business, Susan is a committed advocate of sustainable business practices.
“We believe her understanding of the impact Scotland’s emissions have on the rest of the world makes her truly deserving of this award.”
Away from work, Lady Rice is a keen hill-walker and lists her other interests as attending the opera, viewing modern art, reading and fly fishing.
She is married to Sir Duncan Rice, the vice chancellor emeritus of Aberdeen University.