Paul Leinster set to retire from the EA

There will be big changes at the top of the environment agencies this year as Paul Leinster leaves his post at the EA and Terry A’Hearn takes the helm at SEPA

Dr Paul Leinster has decided to step down from his position as chief executive of the Environment Agency (EA).

On 15 January, the EA confirmed that Leinster was retiring after 17 years as a senior director and more than six at the regulator’s head.

He initially joined in 1998 as director of environment and protection, later becoming director of operations and then chief executive in June 2008.

EA chairman Philip Dilley said: “I have benefited enormously from Paul’s wise counsel and experience in my early days as chairman of the Environment Agency and I thank him on behalf of all of our staff for his exemplary leadership as chief executive over the past six years.

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