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: July 2019

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
  •   Ian Buchanan - Chief Officer Compliance and Beyond

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

SEPA Board Members

Last updated: July 2019

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
  • Nick Martin
  • Nicola Gordon
  • Franceska van Dijk
  • Bill McKelvey
  • Keith Nicholson
  • Dr Lesley Sawers

SEPA Offices

Last updated: July 2019

SEPA has 22 SEPA offices located all over Scotland.

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

Headcount and funding

Figures from the 2017/2018 Annual report & accounts

  • Total head count of 1,265 staff at 31 March 2018
  • The headcount was split 684 (54%) female staff and 581 (46%) male staff.

The 2017-2018 operating resource budget was £37.3m (2016-2017: £38m). SEPA incurred £36.9m expenditure against this limit, underspending by £0.3m. It was agreed with Scottish Government that they would use this underspend in other areas of priority work.

More information can be found within our most recent Annual report & accounts

Workforce composition

Last updated: July 2019

Information on workforce composition, pay audit and equalities can be found in our 'Equality mainstreaming and outcome report' available on the Our Performance page of SEPA’s main website