Emma Howard Boyd appointed Chair of the Environment Agency

Appointment of the Chair of the Environment Agency confirmed.

Emma Howard Boyd has been confirmed as the new Chair of the Environment Agency and will take up the post today (Monday 19 September).

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said:

"Emma brings unrivalled experience, leadership and enthusiasm to the Environment Agency and I very much look forward to working with her."

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, said:

"It’s an honour to be appointed Chair of the Environment Agency. It is a fantastic organisation making a real difference to the environment, wildlife and local communities.

"There are big challenges ahead - ensuring the country is more resilient to extreme weather, protecting and enhancing the environment, and promoting sustainable growth - I look forward to playing my part."

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee published a report approving the appointment of Emma Howard Boyd as the new Chair of the Environment Agency.

The recruitment was carried out in accordance with the ‘Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies’ published by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The panel overseeing the recruitment was chaired by an Assessor appointed by the Commissioner. The Commissioner is independent of government and his role is to ensure that the best people get appointed to public bodies based on merit.

There is a requirement for an appointee’s political activity (if significant) in the last five years to be declared and Emma confirms that she is not a member of any political party and has not made any political donations.

Read the Select Committee’s full report.

Emma Howard Boyd biography

Emma Howard Boyd was Acting Chair of the Environment Agency. She was appointed to the Board of the Environment Agency in 2009 and was made Deputy Chair in 2015.

Emma has spent her 25-year career working in financial services, initially in corporate finance, and then in fund management, specialising in sustainable investment and corporate governance.

As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, Emma was integral to the development of their reputation in the corporate governance and sustainability fields.

She currently serves on various boards and advisory committees including the Future Cities Catapult (Vice Chair), ShareAction (Chair of Trustees), the Aldersgate Group, Menhaden Capital PLC, the 30% Club Steering Committee, the Executive Board of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project and the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel.

Her past board and advisory roles have included being a director of Triodos Renewables PLC; Vice Chair and Chair of the UK sustainable investment and finance association (UKSIF), and a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance, set up by the UK government to make detailed proposals specifically on enhancing the UK environmental industries, technologies and markets.