Agency is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment
The Environment Agency’s vision is to create better places for
people and wildlife and support sustainable development. It has three main
- Flood and coastal erosion risk
- water, land and biodiversity;
Environment Agency’s purpose is to create better places for people and
wildlife, and promote sustainable development. We are accountable to Parliament
through Defra and are their biggest non-departmental public body, with around
13,000 staff and an annual budget of approximately £1.7 billion.
Environment Agency’s expertise spans science, local knowledge, environmental
practice, and finance. Our Board help government, businesses and communities to
understand the benefits of particular environmental measures, as well as the
risks of not acting. As a Board member you will be making decisions that will
help create a nation resilient to climate change; with clean air, water and
land; and green growth and a sustainable future. You will be helping the Environment
Agency to focus on delivering outcomes that benefit the people and places we
serve and to implement the long-term goals in our current strategy, EA2025. You
will be working across sectors and government departments to capitalise on the
opportunities presented by the government’s 2023 Environmental Improvement
the Environment Agency Board have the opportunity to impact a wide range of
important environmental issues, from the regulation of waste, water, nuclear
and carbon intensive industries, through to flood risk management. Joining our
Board would be your chance to influence action on our most critical challenges
- water quality and waste crime – and help shape these for the future.
new cohort of Board members we are looking for people with knowledge and
experience in finance, accountancy, audit, digital transformation, innovation
Environment Agency is committed to having an inclusive culture. We have an
ambition to be the best employer for equality, diversity and inclusion in the
country. Being a more inclusive organisation that is representative of the
communities we serve leads to better outcomes for the environment and
communities. We are a place-based organisation and it is important that our
Board members bring a regional presence and local understanding.
for your interest in becoming a member of the Environment Agency Board. I look
forward to hearing from you.
Chair of the Environment Agency
the strategy, drives performance and holds the organisation to account;
positive and constructive relationships with stakeholders;
on building consensus and finding practical solutions;
and encourages the executive team and staff through constructive challenge and
stewardship for public funds and environmental outcomes.
The Board is
made up of a Chair and up to 14 other members.
The Board has a
collegiate style. It works with the Environment Agency’s executive directors to
bring a range of knowledge, expertise and insight to the organisation and
horizon scans for future opportunities and risks.
The Board is
directly accountable to ministers for all aspects of the Environment Agency and
its performance. Ministers provide guidance and direction and expect the Board
to ensure that the organisation fulfils its statutory duties and operates with
propriety, regularity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness.
You can find
the specific responsibilities of the Board in the Environment Agency’s
Board members: provide senior strategic leadership to help the
organisation deliver its long-term strategy EA2025, which encompasses the national
flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy,
climate resilience, the road to net zero and
sustainable growth, to create a better place for people and wildlife;
Board meetings and attend and chair Board committees;
the Environment Agency externally;
as a lead member for one or more of the Environment Agency’s operational areas,
supporting senior staff on the delivery of national and local priorities.
This post is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. For more information, please refer to the Commissioner’s website