Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss, has announced that Emma Howard Boyd is the Government’s preferred candidate to take up the post of Chair of the Environment Agency following the resignation of Sir Philip Dilley from the role earlier this year.
Howard Boyd is currently the Acting Chair, having been appointed to the Board of the Environment Agency in 2009 and was made Deputy Chairman in 2015. Truss said that she had been selected “following a rigorous process”| which was validated by an independent assessor from the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The appointment process was conducted in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies.
Truss has now invited the EFRA Select Committee to hold a pre-appointment hearing and to report on Howard Boyd’s suitability for the post. These enable select committees to take evidence from preferred candidates for major public appointments before they are appointed and there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Emma Howard Boyd confirms that she is not a member of any political party and has not made any political donations.
Emma Howard Boyd Biography
Emma Howard Boyd is currently Acting Chairman of the Environment Agency. She was appointed to the Board of the Environment Agency in 2009 and was made Deputy Chairman in 2015.
Emma has spent her 25-year career working in financial services, initially in corporate finance, and then in fund management, specialising in sustainable investment and corporate governance.
As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, Emma was integral to the development of their reputation in the corporate governance and sustainability fields.
She currently serves on various boards and advisory committees including the Future Cities Catapult (Vice Chairman), ShareAction (Chairman of Trustees), the Aldersgate Group, Menhaden Capital PLC, the 30% Club Steering Committee, the Executive Board of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project and the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel.
Her past board and advisory roles have included being a director of Triodos Renewables PLC; Vice Chairman and Chairman of UKSIF, the UK sustainable investment and finance association, and a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance, set up by the UK Government to make detailed proposals specifically on enhancing the UK environmental industries, technologies and markets.