Public appointments: member reappointed to board of Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

Public appointments news release.

Member reappointed to the board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency

The Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson, today announced the reappointment of Nicola Gordon as a Member of the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.


Nicola Gordon is a chartered engineer with over thirty years’ experience in the global energy industry. Through her background of business leadership, she has built significant expertise in setting strategy, managing risk and leading organisational change. She now deploys her skills and serves in a number of non-executive roles, supporting both private and public sectors, including charitable and academic institutions.


This reappointment will be for four years and will run from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2025. This reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £270.90 per day for a time commitment up to thirty days per year. OTHER MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENTS Nicola Gordon does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Nicola Gordon has had no political activity in the last five years.


The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is responsible for delivering two core services - regulation and flood risk management. One Planet Prosperity - Our Regulatory Strategy, sets out how SEPA will tackle environmental crime; support operators in driving up compliance, and help those who want to go beyond compliance to reap the benefits of environmental excellence. As Scotland’s authority for strategic flood risk management, SEPA will implement Scotland’s Flood Risk Management Strategies with their partners, develop new flood warning schemes, and further improve flood forecasting to help people and businesses protect themselves and their property from the impacts of flooding.

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