Agent of change: Interview with SEPA chief executive Terry A'Hearn

Business needs to move beyond simply complying with the law to improving the world, and environmental protection agencies must evolve to help, says Terry A’Hearn, chief executive of SEPA. He talks to Rachel Salvidge about restructuring, waste crime and improving enforcement

Terry A'Hearn, chief executive, SEPA
Going beyond compliance: Terry A'Hearn, chief executive, SEPA

We need to move into the “second phase of environmental protection agencies (EPAs)”, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) chief Terry A’Hearn tells me.

We meet for coffee on London’s South Bank on yet another glorious summer’s day, and A’Hearn is optimistic about the future for SEPA. He is in the midst of trying to “get a radical new business model entrenched” to prepare the agency for a future in which businesses move “beyond compliance”.

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