Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive, Environment Agency

Sir James Bevan is the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency. In this briefing, entitled "Is Climate Change The New Brexit?" he will:

  • explain why resilience to climate change needs to be at the top of everyone’s agenda -  government, business, NGOs, the public;
  • and set out how to seize the opportunities and mitigate the risks of climate change.

About the Speaker

Sir James Bevan joined the Environment Agency (EA) as Chief Executive in late November 2015. The Chief Executive is the leader of the EA and is responsible for the day to day management of the organisation.

Sir James has had a long career in government. His previous roles include:

  • UK High Commissioner to India
  • Chief Operating Officer, UK Foreign Office
  • Visiting Fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard

He has also held a number of senior posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office including posts in Washington, Paris and Brussels.

Sir James has a BA Honours in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex.

He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2006 and was awarded a Knighthood in 2012. Sir James was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sussex University in 2012.

 

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