Chair and Ex officio Defra board member

Emma Howard Boyd


Emma Howard Boyd joined the Environment Agency board in July 2009. Emma chaired the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, sat on the Pensions and Flood and Coastal Risk Management Committees and was an Area Board Member. She was appointed as Deputy Chair in July 2015.

Emma currently serves on various boards and advisory committees including the Future Cities Catapult (Vice Chair), ShareAction (Chair), and Menhaden Capital PLC (Board member).

Her previous roles include:

  • Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management
  • Vice Chair and Chair of the UK sustainable investment and finance association (UKSIF)
  • Member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance


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

Ex officio Defra board member


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