Consumers' Association director Dame Sheila McKechnie has died of cancer after a long period of illness. McKechnie, who died at the
age of 55, had lived with cancer since 1997.
She joined the Consumers' Association in 1995 after a nine-year spell as director of housing charity Shelter. In 2001 she was made president of the European umbrella consumer body BEUC. She was awarded an OBE in 1995 for her services to housing and homelessness and made a Dame in 2001 for her work on behalf of consumers.