Biographies

SEPA Agency Management Team

SEPA's Chief Executive Officer leads the Agency Management Team (AMT), which includes five Chief Officers and one Executive Director.

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.

Jo Green
Acting Chief Executive Officer

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.

David Harley
Acting Chief Officer, Circular Economy

David has worked for SEPA and predecessor bodies since 1991 in a wide variety of roles including ecological assessment, regulation, water policy and water framework directive implementation. Prior to taking up this role in February 2022, David was SEPA’s Head of Water & Planning responsible for SEPA’s land use planning service, river basin management planning, water and land policy, water industry investment planning and river restoration funding.

Bridget Marshall
Acting Chief Officer, Green Recovery

Bridget joined SEPA in 2002 as Head of Operations Legal Team. She was heavily involved in the SEPA Better Regulation work and seconded into Scottish Government for several years to undertake the policy work for both Scottish Government and SEPA on the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. In recent years she has been Head of Regulatory Strategy and Government Relations, which is a strategic legal post focusing on policy and regulatory reform, government relations and international work. Prior to joining SEPA, Bridget worked in private practice as a commercial litigation solicitor and has had an extensive career in public and environmental law and regulation. She started as a senior solicitor in the National Rivers Authority and then the Environment Agency specialising in water, radioactive and waste law.

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.

Ian Buchanan
Chief Officer, Compliance and Beyond

Ian joined SEPA at its formation in 1996 following several years working in Environmental Health with Stirling District Council. Starting as an Environmental Protection Officer, Ian has undertaken a number of roles within SEPA in areas including waste strategy, business management and a number of leadership roles. Prior to taking up the Chief Officer post in 2018, Ian was Head of East Region.

John Kenny
Acting Chief Officer, People and Property

John joined SEPA in 1996 as an Environment Protection Officer in the Perth team, having worked for Perth & Kinross Council as a Waste Regulation Officer. John worked as a Senior Officer and Unit Manager in the Perth team. During this time John completed an MSc in Waste Water Management before undertaking a number of National roles including managing SEPAs Water Unit, Central Regulatory Unit and the Waste and Enforcement function. John was Head of National Operations from 2012 to 2017 before taking up his role as Chief Officer, Circular Economy. John has been a full member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management for more years than he can remember.

David Pirie
Executive Director, Evidence and Flooding

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.