Franceska van Dijk announced as new Deputy Chair of SEPA Board

  13 April 2022
Franceska brings a wealth of experience in sustainability and has been appointed to the Board until the end of her term on 31 December 2023.

The Scottish Government has appointed Franceska van Dijk as new Deputy Chair of the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Franceska’s term runs from March 2022 until the end of her term on 31 December 2023.

Appointments to our Board are made by Scottish Ministers and are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland. The appointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

The Board is responsible for the overall direction and performance of our organisation, including our efficiency and effectiveness as a public body and continues to meet virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members come from a variety of business, environmental and health backgrounds, and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise, as well as passion for environmental issues, all of which helps us to deliver our statutory purpose and One Planet Prosperity approach to regulation.

Franceska van Dijk Biography

  • Fran helps companies to become more effective sustainability leaders and to manage risk and opportunity to build lasting value.
  • She is CEO at sustainability consultancy One Stone Advisors Ltd, a founding B Corp, with listed and non-listed clients across a range of sectors.
  • Fran was a Research Manager at ENDS Carbon and a senior consultant at SustainAbility Ltd.
  • Fran holds an MA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Environmental Management from the European Association for Environmental Management Education.
  • She served on the board of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute from 2004-2011, on Montanaro Asset Management’s advisory board from 2018-2021 and chairs the Macaulay Development Trust.

Bob Downes, SEPA Chair, said:

“SEPA plays an important role in the life of Scotland and we are changing and adapting, creating a world class environment protection agency fit for the challenges of tomorrow.

“Now more than ever we have a critical role to play in helping support Scottish businesses to adapt and focus on a drive towards tackling climate change.

“With Franceska’s experience in all aspects of sustainability, she will play a critical role in helping our people deliver our ambitious One Planet Prosperity agenda.”

Franceska van Dijk, SEPA Deputy Chair, said:

"It is a privilege to take on this role and I look forward to helping ensure SEPA supports Scotland to get through the current COVID crisis and in delivering our One Planet Prosperity strategy as part of our own recovery.

“Companies with a green ethos and sustainable practices will thrive in a modern Scotland. We are heading towards a low carbon economy and SEPA has a special role to play supporting and advising businesses as part of that.”


Notes to editor:

  • The Board Chair Bob Downes is responsible for overall leadership and is personally responsible to Scottish Ministers.
  • There are currently 10 Board members, who attend Board meetings, as well as ad-hoc strategy meetings, working groups and other meetings. They also meet with SEPA staff to discuss key strategic issues, attend relevant seminars and events run by SEPA or partner organisations.
  • Our Chief Executive sits on the Board and is responsible for the day-to-day management of SEPA. The CEO is responsible for delivering our strategic outcomes and long term objectives that have been approved by the Board, as well as making decisions relating to the daily operation and performance of the organisation.
  • Further information on the Board can be found here Our Board | Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Every day the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) works to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment, helping communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet.  This is called One Planet Prosperity.

SEPA has been given a unique and visionary Statutory Purpose: to protect and improve the environment in ways that, as far as possible, also create health and well-being benefits and sustainable economic growth. It’s a very powerful purpose for an environment protection agency and delivering this successfully requires new ways of thinking and new ways of acting. SEPA is responsible for delivering two core services - regulation and flood risk management.

Led by One Planet Prosperity – Regulatory Strategy, environmental compliance is non-negotiable and SEPA work with as many businesses as possible to go even further by encouraging innovation and through partnerships like Sustainable Growth Agreements.

SEPA helps Scotland to prepare more powerfully for future increased flooding and are the national flood forecasting, flood warning and strategic flood risk management authority.

Working in partnership, SEPA develops flood risk management plans that set the national direction of flood risk management, helping to target investment and co-ordinate action across public bodies.  Through nationally important flood forecasting and warning work, SEPA has developed over 60 targeted local flood warning schemes and provides free advance notice of flooding through a 24/7 service, Floodline, helping people and businesses protect themselves and their property from the impacts of flooding.

As an organisation, SEPA has adapted to operating in a completely new set of circumstances and will continue to make changes to set themselves up to deliver their role in the most powerful and effective way.  Following from the global health pandemic and a criminal cyber-attack, SEPA are focused on building for the long term and in a stronger way.