Our boards and committees

Who's who on our board and committees.

The Environment Agency's boards and committees are arranged in the following way:

The Board

The Environment Agency is a non-departmental public body (NDPB). Legally, the Board constitutes the Environment Agency and is directly responsible to Government Ministers for all aspects of our organisation and performance. We are accountable to Parliament through Ministers.

We have a board of 12 members, including the Chairman and Chief Executive, who are accountable to Ministers for organisation and performance. All are appointed by the Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, except for Madeleine Havard, the Board Member for Wales, who is appointed by the National Assembly for Wales. The Board meets six times a year and delegates day-to-day management to the Chief Executive and staff.

Ministers expect the Board to ensure that we fulfil our statutory duties, in the light of the guidance and directions which they provide, and to ensure that the organisation operates with propriety, regularity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness. The Board delegates the Environment Agency's day-to-day management to its Chief Executive and staff.

The Directors

A team of seven directors is chaired by the Chief Executive. They oversee and co-ordinate the formulation of national policies. Each region also has its own regional director.


In each region, three committees advise on the operational performance of our functions, regional issues of concerns and regional implications of national policy proposals.  

These committees are the Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee (RFERAC), Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) (which has replaced the Regional Flood Defence Committee (RFDC))and the Regional Environment Protection Advisory Committee (REPAC).  

There is also an advisory committee for Wales. Committee members are appointed under statutory membership schemes designed to achieve representation from a wide range of our stakeholders.  

All REPAC meetings are advertised locally and the public is welcome to attend.