SEPA welcomes new Board members

  07 January 2014
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, has today (7 January) announced the appointment of four new members to the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

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.

The appointment of Michelle Francis, Dr Jackie Hyland, Nick Martin and Trisha McAuley, who all started in their new post on a part-time basis from 1 January 2014, will each bring a wealth of new experience and expertise to the SEPA Board.

Michelle Francis is qualified to MSc level in Environmental Science and has worked as an environment and sustainability professional for 20 years in both the public and private sectors. She is currently Director of Sustainability Catalyst Ltd, a small sustainability and environmental consultancy practice.

Dr Jackie Hyland qualified in medicine at Edinburgh University and holds a position as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine with NHS Tayside. She has a strong track record in environmental protection within the health sector, and has been closely involved in reviewing the evidence for improving health through sustainable development as Chair of the Scottish Sustainable Health Network.

Nick Martin is Head of Corporate Development at The Weir Group PLC. He will bring valuable commercial experience in manufacturing and engineering services to the SEPA Board in addition to skills in strategic planning, financial analysis and change management.

Trisha McAuley is currently the Director for Scotland of Consumer Futures, formerly Consumer Focus Scotland. She will bring a wide range of expertise to the SEPA Board including consumer affairs, stakeholder engagement, policy development, regulated industries, strategic business, and change management.

SEPA Chairman, David Sigsworth, said:

I am delighted to welcome these four new members to SEPA’s Agency Board. Together they bring a wealth of experience and expertise across environmental, health, consumer and industrial sectors. They will add considerably to the strengths of existing Board members, helping steer and implement the changes already under way within SEPA and realise our ambition of being a genuinely world-leading environment protection agency.”

Appointments to SEPA's Board are made by Scottish Ministers and are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland. 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.