Chair and Ex officio Defra board member

Emma Howard Boyd


Emma Howard Boyd is Chair of the Environment Agency, an Ex officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and interim Chair of the Green Finance Institute.

She is also an Adviser to the Board of Trade, and a UN Global Ambassador for Race to Zero and Race to Resilience ahead of COP26.

Emma serves on several boards and advisory committees which include:

  • The Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (co-Chair)
  • The European Climate Foundation
  • The Council for Sustainable Business
  • The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project
  • Menhaden PLC

Emma was the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation from 2018 until January 2021.


The Chair of the Environment Agency is responsible for leading the organisation and making sure that it fulfils all of its goals.

Environment Agency

Ex officio Defra board member

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs