01 August 2014
Professor Curran has been in post since January 2012 and has led some of the most transformational changes the environment watchdog has seen since it was established in 1996. Those changes are continuing, with the development of a new regulatory framework and new funding model, the implementation of new enforcement powers, and new approaches to resolving Scotland’s most pressing environmental issues.
SEPA Chairman, David Sigsworth, said:
James has had a long and illustrious career in environmental protection in Scotland, and was part of the team which established SEPA in 1996. As Chief Executive he has led SEPA through the most transformative changes we have ever experienced and he leaves the organisation in excellent shape to complete those changes over the coming years and firmly establish SEPA as a world-leading environment protection agency.”
Professor Curran said:
I know it will be a real wrench to leave the Agency. I have immense respect for all that it does, and I’ve spent nearly all of my professional life dedicated to its aims. But I feel it’s time to move on. At my age there are still so many exciting things I’d like to try.”
Professor Curran is not immediately moving to a new post, but is considering a range of options. SEPA is currently preparing to find a successor.