Environment Agency - champion of gender equality

From firsthand experience I know just how important equality and inclusion are for women in their careers. When I joined the Environment Agency in 2009, the percentage of women in senior roles had not changed in the last 10 years. I’m proud that we have gone from 23% female executives in 2007 to 35% in 2014. We have done this by championing gender diversity from the top, and through our Women’s Network which was awarded a Civil Service Diversity and Equality Award 2014. Our work focuses on ensuring everyone is engaged in gender diversity.

- Miranda Kavanagh,
Executive Director of Evidence and Executive Champion for gender

The Environment Agency is a non-departmental public body, established in 1996 and sponsored by the United Kingdom government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with responsibilities relating to the protection and enhancement of the environment in England.

We have national offices in Bristol and London with other offices spread across England. We employ around 10,600 staff and we work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all we do and value the diversity of our workforce, customers and communities. Our over arching principle is

"To be an organisation where everyone can be themselves, enabling their individuality to benefit people and the environment."

We acknowledge the importance of having strong leadership so we have executive champions who lead on protected characteristics and who are personally responsible for taking action, as well as acting as role models internally and externally.

Learn more about corporate diversity and inclusion objectives at the Enviroment Agency