The ENDS Report names 10 individuals who made a mark on environmental policy in 2018.
Michael Gove, environment secretary
Gove has confounded expectations by transforming from “Voldemort to Dumbledore” in the eyes of many. Commentators and NGOs in particular were concerned his appointment to DEFRA would serve as merely a stepping stone from which he would bound, made saintly by his new green credentials, into a more powerful cabinet post, potentially even as the new Tory leader. Such concerns have melted away, with Gove now regarded as the most effective environment secretary in years. Nevertheless, the minister has yet to etch any major policies in stone - the 25-Year Environment Plan remains largely a plan for plans, the waste and resources strategy is a greatest hits compilation pending consultations and the draft environment bill has yet to see the light of day.