Scottish Government seeks applicants for SEPA Board

date02 August 2013

The Scottish Government has today launched a campaign to recruit new members to the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), to take up post in January 2014.

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SEPA protects and improves the environment and aims to be an excellent environmental regulator. We help business and industry to understand their environmental responsibilities and enable customers to comply with legislation and good practice, as well as realising the many economic benefits of good environmental practice.

SEPA's Chairman, David Sigsworth, said:

This is a great opportunity to further augment the experience and skills of an already effective and high profile Agency Board, focused on protecting and improving Scotland's environment. We're looking for people who are not only passionate about the environment, but also understand the importance it has in contributing to the overall economic and social well-being of Scotland."

"This will be a challenging and rewarding role with a real lasting impact, helping to shape SEPA's strategic direction, whilst helping deliver a streamlined environmental regulation system, first class environmental science and excellent customer services."

Appointments to SEPA's Board are made by Scottish Ministers and are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland. Completed applications must be received on or before 30 August 2013, with a successful candidate taking up their post in January 2014. Appointment is normally for a four year term with the possibility of a further term, subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills, knowledge and personal qualities required on the Board at the time of re-appointment.

For full details of what's involved, or to apply online, visit the dedicated public appointments website www.appointed-for-scotland.org/

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Further information

SEPA protects communities by regulating activities that can cause harmful pollution and by monitoring the quality of Scotland's air, land and water. The regulations we implement also cover the keeping and use, and the accumulation and disposal, of radioactive substances.

SEPA is a non-departmental public body, accountable through Scottish Ministers to the Scottish Parliament. SEPA has been advising Scottish ministers, regulated businesses, industry and the public on environmental best practice for over a decade.

We protect the environment and human health through the work of our 1,247 employees who cover a range of specialist areas including chemistry, ecology, environmental regulation, hydrology, engineering, quality control, planning, communications, business support and management functions. Our 22 offices enable us to work across the whole of Scotland from the Highlands and Islands to the Borders and our corporate office is in Stirling.

We monitor and report on the state of Scotland's environment and use that sound scientific understanding to inform our independent regulation of activities that may affect its quality. We also publish a wide range of publications and environmental reports.

We are also responsible for delivering Scotland's flood warning system, helping to implement Scotland's National Waste Strategy and controlling, with the Health and Safety Executive, the risk of major accidents at industrial sites.