Philip Duffy Named New Environment Agency CEO

Philip Duffy has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Environment Agency (EA) and will start in the role on 1 July.

Philip has had a long career in the civil service and joins from HM Treasury where he was Director-General of Growth and Productivity, leading work on the environment, transport, productivity, business support and culture. In this role he oversaw the Treasury’s work on spending and policies to create sustainable growth across the UK.

As Chief Executive, Philip will lead the EA’s work in tackling some of the biggest challenges facing the environment, from climate change and extreme weather events through to improving the health of England’s waters for the benefit of people and wildlife.

The appointment follows a competitive recruitment round.

Commenting on his appointment, Philip Duffy said:

“I am delighted to be taking on leadership of the Environment Agency. The Agency’s mission – to protect and enhance the environment and support sustainable development – has never been more critical. ­

“The Agency can be proud of its record. And as it approaches its 30th anniversary, I look forward to hearing from all sides about what should come next, and what more the Agency could do to make this the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than it inherited.”

Chair of the Environment Agency, Alan Lovell, said:

“We’re very excited to have Philip joining the Environment Agency. As climate change and population growth increase the pressures on England’s precious resources, we have a vital role delivering for people, nature and the economy. Philip brings considerable experience from the Treasury and will head up a truly excellent Executive team.

“The Board and I are grateful to James Bevan for his leadership over the last seven years and look forward to building on strong foundations to help the Environment Agency deliver even more in the years to come.”

Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey said:

“I want to thank Sir James for his service as Chief Executive of the Environment Agency over the last seven years.

“I congratulate Philip on his appointment and look forward to working with him as we continue to deliver on our shared national endeavour to improve the environment.”

Sir James Bevan will step down as Chief Executive on 31 March 2023 as planned, after over seven years in post. EA Executive Director for Local Operations John Curtin will be Chief Executive until Philip Duffy starts in the role on 1 July.

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