Our governance

As a non-departmental public body we are governed by our board and team of directors.

The Environment Agency is a non-departmental public body. The board is directly responsible to government ministers for all aspects of our organisation and performance. We are accountable to Parliament through ministers.

Board members

Our board has 11 non-executive members:

  • Emma Howard Boyd (Chair)
  • Richard Macdonald (Deputy Chair)
  • John Varley
  • Lynne Frostick
  • Gill Weeks
  • Maria Adebowale-Schwarte
  • Joanne Segars
  • John Lelliott
  • Robert Gould
  • Caroline Mason
  • Judith Batchelar

All are appointed by the Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The board meets 4 times a year. It delegates day-to-day management to the Chief Executive (Sir James Bevan) and staff.

Our executive directors’ team

  • Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive
  • Toby Willison, Executive Director of Operations
  • Harvey Bradshaw, Executive Director of Environment and Business
  • John Curtin, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management
  • John Leyland, Chief of Staff
  • Sam Lumb, Deputy Director of Governance and Engagement
  • Peter Kellett, Director of Legal Services
  • Mark Funnell, (Defra) Head of Environment Agency (EA) Communications
  • Bob Branson, (Defra) Director of Finance
  • Jen Garrett, (Defra) Deputy Director of Human Resources
  • Keith Spikings, (Defra) Chief Information Officer for the EA
  • Caroline Douglass, Deputy Director of Incident Management and Resilience
  • Anne Dacey, Deputy Director of Integrated Water Planning
  • Steve Moore, Director of Assets and Incidents, National Operations

Working with partners

We invite partners and organisations with an interest in what we do to meet our board so that they can have their say on our decisions.

You can also read our board agendas and papers on this page.

Board meetings

Upcoming board meetings

  • 13 December 2018

2018 board meetings

2017 board meetings

2016 board meetings

2015 board meetings

2014 board meetings

For details of previous board meetings visit the National Archives.

Board minutes