Chair and Ex officio Defra board member

Emma Howard Boyd


Emma Howard Boyd is the Chair of the Environment Agency, an Ex officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and has recently been appointed as the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation.

Emma serves on a number of boards and advisory committees which include:

  • ShareAction
  • Menhaden Capital PLC
  • The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project
  • Green Finance Institute

She has worked in financial services for over 25 years, in corporate finance and fund management. As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, Emma was integral to the development of their expertise in the corporate governance and sustainability fields.

Her previous board and advisory roles include:

  • Vice Chair of Future Cities Catapult
  • a director of the Aldersgate Group and Triodos Renewables PLC
  • Chair of UKSIF (the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association)
  • a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance and the Green Finance Taskforce


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


  1. The importance of disclosure in the climate emergency
  2. Climate change, the challenge of our time
  3. The future for environmental standards in the UK
  4. Coasts on the front line
  5. The new normal: leadership in the climate crisis
  6. The frequency of the unthinkable
  7. Climate change and creating a resilient economy
  8. Restoring Estuarine and Coastal Habitats in the North East Atlantic
  9. Speech for London Climate Week
  10. The tip beneath the iceberg