Paul Leinster, Professor, Cranfield University and Former Chief Executive, Environment Agency

Paul Leinster

Professor Paul Leinster CBE has over 40 years of practical experience in environmental science, policy development and implementation in the private, public and academic sectors. Paul has been Professor of Environmental Assessment at Cranfield since October 2015. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of the Environment Agency from June 2008 to September 2015.

He is a member of the government’s Natural Capital Committee, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology’s Advisory Committee and the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Strategic Advisory Board.

He chairs the Bedfordshire Local Nature Partnership and is a board member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. He is a non-executive director of Flood Re and of Delphic HSE and a Patron of the UK Environmental Law Association.

Prior to joining the EA in 1998 Paul worked in the private sector for over 20 years. This included BP, SmithKline Beecham and Schering Agrochemicals.