The Environment Agency (EA) has announced a new director of environment and business, who will take responsibility for ensuring that companies work to protect the environment.
Ed Mitchell, who has previous experience in the public and private sectors, took up the position on 17 June.
He replaces Tricia Henton, who held the position since March 2005 and will lead the EA regulation programmes on water, waste, climate change, sustainable development, land and the natural environment.
Commenting on his priorities in his new role, Mitchell said: “We know that it’s been a tough time for businesses, and we want to make it as easy and efficient as possible for them to comply with their environmental obligations.
“I want to cut red tape so that they can concentrate on their bottom line while performing well environmentally.”
Previously Mitchell held positions at RWE Thames Water and GlaxoSmithKline as well as being non-executive director for water and sanitation at not-for-profit organisation Urban Poor.