About SEPA

SEPA fast facts

Founded in 1996, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s main role is to protect the environment and human health. We do this by regulating activities that can cause pollution and by monitoring the quality of Scotland’s air, land and water.

SEPA is a non-departmental public body, accountable through Scottish Ministers to the Scottish Parliament.

SEPA's pollution hotline and floodline services (both 24 hour) can be contacted on the numbers below.

Scottish Government

  • Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform - Roseanna Cunningham

Corporate Address

Strathallan House

Castle Business Park




Tel: 01786 457700

Fax: 01786 446885



SEPA Agency Management Team

Last updated: December 2016

SEPA’s Chief Executive leads the Agency Management Team (AMT) which includes two Executive Directors and three Chief Officers.

The Agency Management Team (AMT) report directly to the Board, overseeing strategic planning, business management issues and relationships and change management. 

  •   Terry A'Hearn - SEPA Chief Executive
  •   David Pirie – Executive Director
  •   Calum MacDonald – Executive Director
  •   Fiona Martin – Chief Officer People and Property
  •   Jo Green – Chief Officer Performance and Innovation
  •   Stewart McGregor - Chief Officer Finance

More information and downloadable photographs for each AMT member can be found in biographies

SEPA Board Members

Last updated: December 2016

The Board is appointed by Scottish Ministers and comprises a Chairman and ten members, including the Chief Executive. Information on each Board member is available from SEPA’s main website.

  • Bob Downes - SEPA Chairman 
  • Terry A'Hearn - SEPA Chief Executive 
  • Dr Richard Dixon
  • Martin Hill
  • Michelle Francis
  • Dr Jackie Hyland
  • Nick Martin
  • Franceska van Dijk
  • Bill McKelvey
  • Keith Nicholson
  • Dr Lesley Sawers

SEPA Offices

Last updated: August 2014

SEPA has 24 SEPA offices located all over Scotland.

  • Ÿ  Lerwick
  • Ÿ  Kirkwall
  • Ÿ  Thurso
  • Ÿ  Stornoway
  • Ÿ  Dingwall
  • Ÿ  Elgin
  • Ÿ  Fraserburgh
  • Ÿ  Abderdeen,
  • Ÿ  FortWilliam,
  • Ÿ  Arbroath
  • Ÿ  Perth (two locations)
  • Ÿ  Glenrothes
  • Ÿ  Stirling (two locations)
  • Ÿ  Lochgilphead
  • Ÿ  Balloch
  • Ÿ  Glasgow
  • Ÿ  Edinburgh
  • Ÿ  Angus Smith (near Holytown)
  • Ÿ  Galashiels
  • Ÿ  Ayr
  • Ÿ  Dumfries
  • Ÿ  Newton Stewart

Headcount and funding

Figures from the 2012/2013 Annual Report.

At 31 March 2013 we had 1,241 employees.

In 2012-2013 we received:

  • Ÿ  £39,246,000 grant-in-aid from the Scottish Government;
  • Ÿ  £35,151,000 in fees from business and industry for activities related to regulation;
  • Ÿ  £444,000 grant from LIFE+;
  • Ÿ  £3,280,000 other income.

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment.

Other income includes all other monies we receive, i.e. for administering grants under river restoration and work we do for the Environment Agency.

Workforce composition

Last updated: August 2014

Information on workforce composition, pay audit and equalities is available on the Equality page on SEPA’s main website.

Most facts and figures will be found in our Equality mainstreaming report.