Paul Leinster

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Paul Leinster

Dr Paul Leinster joined the Environment Agency (EA) in 1998, and served as chief executive from June 2008 to September 2015. [1] He has also served as director of environment protection and director of operations at the EA.

Since leaving his post, Leinster has worked as professor of environmental assessment at Cranfield University,

Before working at the EA, he was environmental services director at the pharmaceutical company SmithKline Beecham from 1994-1998.

Controversial pay rise

In July 2014, Leinster received a pay rise from around £240,000 to £245,000 a year. The announcement came as the government body was criticised for failing to prevent and properly manage flooding in households of large parts of England, while at the same time the agency had cut 400 jobs. [2]


  1. Linked In, Linked In, accessed 21 December 2016.
  2. £2,000 pay rise for Environment Agency boss despite home owners still flooded out, The Telegraph, 2 July 2014, accessed 21 December 2016.