By Richard B Macrory, on 16 December 2012
On December 12 2012 the Government launched its Triennial Review of the two key environmental national regulators in England and Wales, the Environment Agency and Natural England. Reviews of government agencies are carried out regularly by Government to test both the continued need for the body concerned and the effectiveness of their governance arrangements, but this is the first time there has been a combined review of both environmental bodies.
The actual review is carried out by the sponsoring department, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs but the Secretary of State has appointed a six person independent Challenge Group, under the chair of Dame Deidre Hutton, chair of the Civil Aviation Authority, to provide robust challenges to the assumptions and conclusions of the Review. The Secretary of State has appointed Professor Richard Macrory, formerly a Board Member of the Environment Agency, to be a member of the Challenge Group.