Environment Agency hires O’Neill in PR role

The Environment Agency has appointed Brian O’Neill from the Engineering Council to the post of director in a newly-enlarged corporate affairs department.

The Environment Agency has appointed Brian O’Neill from the

Engineering Council to the post of director in a newly-enlarged

corporate affairs department.



In his new role O’Neill will head a team of 40 in Bristol and London,

covering public affairs, media relations, publishing, new media, events

and the work of the agency’s eight regional PR teams.



The brief of the corporate affairs department will also expand under his

stewardship to include Parliamentary affairs and national and

international relations - with local authorities in the UK and European

bodies - for the first time.



A spokesperson said: ’The Environmental Agency is moving to develop a

more influential role. We believe environmental thinking needs to be at

the heart of everyone’s work and we need to influence a broad range of

thinking on the subject. Brian will have a key part in this.’



O’Neill will also work closely with the agency’s chairman Sir John

Harman, who has taken a keen interest in this initiative.



’Another key challenge for him will be to maximise the use we make of

new media in our publishing activities,’ the spokesperson continued.



O’Neill takes over from Miles Wilson who has been in the post since the

agency was founded in 1996. Wilson will remain within the agency. He

heads a special project team looking at educating businesses on how

improved environmental management can actually deliver benefits to the

bottom line.



O’Neill will also be a member of the agency’s directors’ group sharing

responsibility for the strategic development and management of all

aspects of the business, which has an annual budget of pounds 600

million.



O’Neill, a former journalist, has previously worked for The Royal

Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the United Kingdom Atomic

Energy Authority.



He joined the Engineering Council where he was director of public

affairs in 1996. In his new job he will report to chief executive Ed

Gallagher.



The Environment Agency is a non-departmental government body with

responsibilities for protection and improvement of the environment in

England and Wales.



It employs 10,000 staff, including those who are actively involved with

improving water and air quality.



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