Secretary of State for the Environment, George Eustice, has appointed Dame Glenys Stacey as the Chair of the Office for Environmental Protection.
The appointment follows a pre-appointment scrutiny hearing by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Environment Audit Committees. Dame Glenys will take up the role in February 2021.
The appointment comes as the online complaint system for the regulator goes live.
Dame Glenys Stacey is acting Chief Regulator at Ofqual and has previously served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation and as Chief Executive at Animal Health (now part of the Animal and Plant Health Agency).
The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) will replace the role of the European Commission to provide scrutiny and advice on the implementation of environmental law. The OEP will be able to receive and investigate complaints on alleged serious breaches of environmental law by public authorities and take legal action as a last resort.