Chair - Paul Leinster, CBE, FIEMA, CEnv

Professor of Environmental Assessment - Cranfield University


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Paul has over 40 years of practical experience in environmental management, policy development and regulation. Paul joined Cranfield in 2015 as Professor of Environmental Assessment. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of the Environment Agency and before that had been Executive Director of Operations and Executive Director of Environment and Business at the EA. Paul worked in the private sector for over 20 years, before joining the EA, for companies including SmithKline Beecham, BP and Schering Agrochemicals.

He has a particular interest in translating research into effective policy, regulatory, operational and governance measures and in natural capital and ecosystem service approaches to environmental management.

He chairs the bpha housing association and the Bedfordshire Local Nature Partnership. He is a member of the government’s Natural Capital Committee and a non-executive director of Flood Re, Delphic HSE and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Paul has a BSc in chemistry and a PhD in environmental engineering both from Imperial College, London and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is a chartered environmentalist and a chartered chemist.