Adrian Long has been appointed from his role as interim director of corporate affairs at the agency. He has held the position since Helen McCallum departed in November to become director of policy at Which?. Long heads up a team of 115.
Long said: 'The Environment Agency has come a long way in the past five years but the stakes are getting higher.'
He pinpointed a need over the coming year for the Environment Agency to develop its flood awareness comms, in light of the devastating effects of last summer's floods in places such as Tewkesbury and Gloucester.
'The spotlight has been on us,' said Long. 'We do need to make sure people at risk of flooding are receiving the right information.'
Long's department will focus on helping people adapt to climate change and doing more work to protect the environment. Long added that the organisation needs greater clarity and focus in its internal comms.
From 2001 to 2003, Long was head of comms at the Soil Association. Before that he was a special adviser to John Prescott and Lord Gus McDonald at the former Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (now the Department for Food and Rural Affairs).
In the mid-1990s, Long was an award-winning TV producer who was responsible for BBC's On the Record.
The Environment Agency is the public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales.