The Environment Agency (EA) has appointed Sir James Bevan (pictured) as its new chief executive, following the departure of Paul Leinster.
Sir James has had a long career in government and will leave his current role as the UK’s High Commissioner to India to take up the role of chief executive on 30 November.
Sir Philip Dilley, chairman of the Environment Agency, commented: “I am delighted that Sir James Bevan will be joining the Environment Agency as its chief executive later this year.
“One of the biggest challenges of our time is protecting the environment and promoting growth”
“Sir James will lead the organisation with passion, energy and a clear commitment to continue the great work it does to protect and improve the environment and make it a better place for people and wildlife.”
Sir James said: “One of the biggest challenges of our time is protecting the environment and promoting growth.
“We need to do both, and I look forward to playing my part in that. The Environment Agency is a great organisation, which makes a great contribution to our country. It will be an honour and a privilege to lead it.”
David Rooke, the Environment Agency’s current executive director for flood risk management, will act as chief executive from the end of September, when Paul Leinster leaves his role after 17 years.
In a recent interview with CIWM Journal’s Ben Wood, Paul said: “I hope the Agency continues to focus on delivering outcomes for people and the environment. That’s what it’s there to do. I’ll help my successor in any way I can… but I won’t interfere.”
Steve Lee, chief executive of CIWM said: “Sir James takes on this new role at a crucial time for our industry. We stand poised to be a vital part of delivering a more circular economy with all of the business, social and environmental gains that come with it. At the same time we struggle with tough market conditions and an under-current of waste crime. Sir James is clearly a very senior figure and will bring with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.
“CIWM and its members will be delighted to support him at the Agency in the hope and expectation that he and his team can work with us and other regulators across the UK to deliver better waste and resources management.
“CIWM has already signalled its thanks and appreciation for the out-going chief executive, Paul Leinster and we wish David Rooke well in his role as interim CEO until Sir james picks up by the end of November.”
See CIWM Journal’s upcoming October issue for the full interview with Paul.