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Area Director (8 roles)

UK Animal and Plant Health Agency

UK Animal and Plant Health Agency

United Kingdom


Government, policy, lobbying, or legal






Senior management

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About the Role

We are proud to advertise 8 exciting senior leadership roles as Area Directors.

This role is a great opportunity to nurture and develop people and to create even more diverse and inclusive teams, especially as the majority of the Environment Agency's people are led by our Area Directors.

You will lead one of our Areas in East Anglia, Solent and South Downs, Thames, Wessex, West Midlands, or Yorkshire, overseeing the delivery of the Environment Agency’s work on regulation, flood risk, sustainable growth, and incident management.

Job description
As a member of the wider team of 16 other Area Directors who collectively lead over 7,000 people across England from the Scottish borders to the Isles of Scilly, you will help drive a fantastic organisation, working together to shape the environment across England and playing a critical role in responding to the climate and nature emergencies.

You will be accountable for harnessing £multi-million budgets and developing sustainable strategies for some of the most at-risk parts of the country in terms of flood risk, social deprivation, and economic growth.

Person specification
To excel in this prominent position, you’ll have extensive leadership experience in a large operational business, demonstrating skills in strategic thinking, and translating this into effective delivery and business improvement.

We’re looking for applicants who believe that providing great leadership is fundamental to our ability to protect the environment and effectively serve the communities we live in. You’ll be calm in a crisis, have excellent communications skills, good judgement, and be a great collaborator and facilitator.

You’ll be emotionally intelligent & resilient and able to build consensus, influencing senior level stakeholders to make the best choices for the environment and our business.

You must have experience in leading and improving Health & Safety culture, as well as being passionate about developing others, being innovative in your thinking and a team player.

You’ll have a strong understanding of effective crisis management and knowledge of how to manage large-scale incidents and emergencies.

About the Organisation

The Animal and Plant Health Agency, formerly known as the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, is an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom.

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