Emma Howard Boyd has been confirmed as the new Chair of the Environment Agency.

Howard Boyd has served as Acting Chair since January, following the resignation of Sir Philip Dilley who resigned last winter after being criticised by the media and politicians for not returning to the UK immediately following serious flooding in the north of England – he had been on holiday in Barbados at the time.

Howard Boyd was appointed to the board of the Environment Agency in 2009 and was made Deputy Chair in 2015.

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “Emma brings unrivalled experience, leadership and enthusiasm to the Environment Agency and I very much look forward to working with her.”

Howard Boyd said: “It’s an honour to be appointed Chair of the Environment Agency. It is a fantastic organisation making a real difference to the environment, wildlife and local communities.

“There are big challenges ahead – ensuring the country is more resilient to extreme weather, protecting and enhancing the environment, and promoting sustainable growth – I look forward to playing my part.”

Howard Boyd has spent her 25-year career mostly working in financial services, initially in corporate finance, and then in fund management, specialising in sustainable investment and corporate governance.

As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, she was integral to the development of its reputation in the corporate governance and sustainability fields.

She currently sits on various boards and advisory committees including the Future Cities Catapult (Vice Chair), ShareAction (Chair of Trustees), the Aldersgate Group, Menhaden Capital PLC, the 30% Club Steering Committee, the Executive Board of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project and the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel.

Her past board and advisory roles have included being a director of Triodos Renewables PLC; Vice Chair and Chair of the UK sustainable investment and finance association (UKSIF), and a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance, set up by the UK government to make detailed proposals specifically designed to enhance the UK environmental industries, technologies and markets.