Biographies

SEPA Agency Management Team

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

AMT reports directly to the Board, overseeing strategic planning, business management issues and relationships and change management.

The chief officers, also members of AMT, lead on delivering and reviewing business operations. They work extremely closely with the SEPA directors both on “normal” business as well as on the leadership and management of change over the next two years.

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Terry A'Hearn

Terry A'Hearn

Chief Executive

Terry has over 20 years’ experience in the environment profession, having held senior roles in Melbourne with the Environment Protection Authority in the Australian state of Victoria, in London with the global consulting firm WSP and, most recently, in Belfast as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency before he joined SEPA. In all this work, Terry has strongly focussed on bringing environmental and economic aims together, supporting business and social innovation and getting tougher with the worst environmental performers. Terry is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Footprint Network and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors.

David Pirie

David Pirie

Executive Director

David joined SEPA in 1996 as a Senior Chemist. He became South West Chemistry Unit Manager in 1999, Chemistry Services Manager in 2001 and Head of Chemistry in 2004. His career has included posts with the Water Research Centre, University of Aberdeen and the Clyde River Purification Board. David has a degree in Chemistry form the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Glasgow. He is a Chartered Chemist and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Calum MacDonald

Calum MacDonald

Executive Director

Calum joined SEPA in 1996 as Divisional Manager in the former west region. He became Environmental Regulation and Improvement Manager for Highlands, Islands & Grampian, then Environmental Development Manager in the Strategic Planning Directorate in 2001. He became Acting Director of strategic planning in 2003. His career has included various posts with City of Glasgow Council, in environmental health and pollution control. Calum is a member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland and Chairman of Council of the National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection.

Fiona Martin

Chief Officer People and Property

Fiona joined SEPA in 2004 as Human Resources Manager. Chief Officer Resources with responsibility for Organisational Development (OD), Procurement and Facilities. Fiona works closely with the Senior Management Team and Chief Executive on building staff engagement and leading the HR and OD transformation. Fiona is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has worked in a range of posts within the local government and retail sectors. Fiona is also a qualified and practising mediator.

Jo Green

Chief Officer Performance and Innovation

Jo joined SEPA in 1999 and has held a number of senior operational and organisational roles, working in parallel in recent years in roles in the social enterprise and voluntary sectors. Prior to joining SEPA Jo spent 10 years in the private sector, including working internationally from a Scottish base in a major consultancy. She has also worked at Scottish Enterprise on economic regeneration and inward investment in Scotland.

Stuart McGregor

Chief Officer Finance

Stuart rejoined SEPA in 2014 as Chief Officer Finance, having previously been employed between 1996 and 2007, firstly as Financial Controller then latterly as Head of Finance. Stuart is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and has worked in a number of posts within local government, Scottish policing, and the retail, manufacturing and engineering sectors.