Dame Glenys Stacey is the preferred candidate to chair the new independent Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), says Defra secretary of state George Eustice. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the EFRA and Environmental Audit select committees.
The OEP will be created through the Environment Bill which is currently before Parliament. The independent statutory body’s role is to contribute to environmental protection and the improvement of the natural environment. It will scrutinise and advise on the implementation of environmental law, while monitoring and reporting on progress against Environmental Improvement Plans and targets. It will also investigate alleged serious breaches of environmental law by public authorities, with the ability to take legal action as a last resort.
A solicitor, Dame Glenys is acting chief regulator at examinations body Ofqual until the end of 2020. She has previously been chair of the Professional Standards Authority; chief inspector of probation; and chief executive at Animal Health, now part of the Animal and Plant Health Agency.
In 2019, Dame Glenys chaired an independent review of farm regulation at the request of the then Secretary of State for Defra.