The Noise Abatement Society

The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) is an extremely active, national UK charity with an international impact. It raises awareness of measured, considered and responsible use of sound. NAS helps to find practical solutions to relieve the physical and mental distress caused by noise, which profoundly affect all aspects of life.

The John Connell Awards, run by NAS, are the only awards of their kind. They acknowledge the importance of the quality of sound in our lives, and champion vital advances in noise reduction for the public benefit. They recognise local authorities, organisations, manufacturers and individuals who have been outstanding in their efforts both in reducing the impact of noise nuisance and in pioneering practical and innovative solutions to noise pollution to enhance the environment.

The John Connell Awards are named after its far-sighted founder, who lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 – when noise became a statutory nuisance in the UK for the first time. Supporters of this bill included John Betjeman, T S Eliot and Spike Milligan.

In 1959, John Connell OBE (1911-99) called noise ‘the forgotten pollutant’. Over fifty years later, the cost of noise to society is immense in its negative effect on productivity, learning, health and social cohesion. Gloria Elliott, John Connell’s daughter, is Chief Executive of NAS. An entrepreneur of many years’ experience, she is the creative force behind the dynamic NAS team.