Air Quality - Shaun Gallagher, Director-General, Strategy Delivery, Defra
Join us to hear from Shaun Gallagher, Director-General, Strategy Delivery, who will cover the Government’s programmes of action to improve air quality, including Clean Air Zones to tackle diesel vehicle emissions, and the wider actions in the Clean Air Strategy, which will tackle pollution from industry, transport, domestic heating and agriculture.
You will have an opportunity to put your questions to Shaun after the briefing.
About the Speaker:
Shaun Gallagher has been Director, Environmental Quality in Defra since March 2016. His responsibilities cover a range of environmental policy areas, in particular:
Air Quality – delivering the national plan on tackling emissions from diesel vehicles, supporting local towns and cities throughout the country to deliver local plans including Clean Air Zones; and more widely the Clean Air Strategy (published May 2018) setting out ambitions for tackling the key sources of air pollution, across transport, industry, energy generation, agriculture and domestic heating.
Waste and Resource Efficiency – developing a national Resource & Waste Strategy by the end of 2018, which will set out the Government’s plans to increase recycling, tackle waste from plastics, and introduce new incentives for a circular economy and more efficient use of resources and materials.
Overseeing EU Exit as it affects environmental policies – ensuring continuity of EU legislation on environmental standards, preparing for new national functions as needed (including regulation of chemicals), and developing legislation on environmental principles and governance post-Exit, including a new environmental watchdog to hold Government to account.
Shaun has worked in central Government for most of his career. Before Defra he was Director, Access to Justice in the Ministry of Justice, and prior to that, a range of roles in the Department of Health, including Director of Social Care Policy. Other Department of Health roles included working as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State, four years as a Board Director in the pharmaceutical industry regulator, and a period of secondment to an NHS Trust.