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 (NDPB). 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 9 non executive members:

  • Emma Howard Boyd (Chair)
  • Richard Macdonald (Acting Deputy Chairman)
  • Peter Ainsworth
  • Karen Burrows
  • Clive Elphick
  • John Varley
  • Lynne Frostick
  • Gill Weeks
  • Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

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

Our directors

We have a team of 5 executive directors. They oversee, co-ordinate and put into effect national policies.

Board meetings

Upcoming board meetings

Please note, you must register your interest in advance of the meeting. If you would like to attend, please email BoardDO@environment-agency.gov.uk.

  • 7 February 2017
  • 23 May 2017
  • 18 July 2017
  • 24 October 2017

2016 board meetings

2015 board meetings

2014 board meetings

2013 board meetings

For details of previous board meetings visit the National Archives.