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Re-appointments to the Environment Agency

Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury has been re-appointed as Chair of the Environment Agency for a further three years by Environment Secretary Caroline…

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Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury has been re-appointed as Chair of the Environment Agency for a further three years by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.

Lord Smith, who was appointed Chairman on 14 July 2008, will now continue in his role until 13 July 2014. On re-appointment he will receive £100,813 pro rata for 2011/12, based on working three days per week.

Dr Andrew Brown has been re-appointed as Deputy Chair of the Environment Agency until the end of his term as an EA Board Member on 9 October 2012. Andy was originally appointed as an EA Board Member on 10October 2006 and was appointed Deputy Chair on 1 July 2009. On re-appointment Dr Brown will receive £21,002 pro rata for 2011/12, based on working five days per month. Dr Brown will also receive a responsibility allowance of £4,199 per annum.

The Environment Agency is a Non-Departmental Public Body, set up under the Environment Act 1995 to take an integrated approach to environmental protection and enhancement in England and Wales. It has major responsibilities in flood management, water resources and quality, climate change, land quality, chemicals, pollution prevention and control, waste, conservation and biodiversity, fisheries conservation, air quality and navigation.

These appointments have been made by the Secretary of State in conjunction with the Welsh Government. They comply with the code issued by the Independent Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments.


Lord Smith

Lord (Chris) Smith was elected as a councillor for Islington in 1978. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1983 as MP for Islington South and Finsbury and was appointed to the Environment Select Committee. His Private Members Bill - the Environment and Safety Information Act - became law in 1988. In the 1990s, he served two years as shadow spokesman on environment protection. From 1997-2001 he was a member of the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. He was appointed to the House of Lords after standing down as an MP in 2005 and currently sits as a non-affiliated Peer on the crossbenches. Lord Smith founded the Clore Leadership Programme in 2003 and was appointed Chair of the Advertising Standards Authority in 2007. He was also President of the SERA from 1992-2007. He has held two previous Ministerial appointments, as member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life (2001-04) and member of Committee of Privy Councillors reviewing terrorism legislation (2002/3), both of which were unpaid.

Dr Andrew Brown

Dr Brown has been the Chair of the UK Biodiversity Information Group, Chair of the IUCN UK Committee, Vice Chair of the National Biodiversity Network Trust, Member of the Rural Climate Change Forum and a Member of the World Heritage Site Review Panel. He is a Council member of the RSPB and Chair of their Conservation Committee, a Trustee of the Invertebrate Conservation Trust, a Fellow of the Linnean Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Biology. He was previously the Chief Executive of English Nature and of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Dr Brown has not declared any political activity in the last 5 years.

Published 29 June 2011