The Governing Board of EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) Victoria has appointed a new Chief Environmental Scientist.
Professor Mark Patrick Taylor has been appointed to provide expert advice to the authorities’ leadership team as well as the Minister for Environment.
The Chair of the EPA Governing Board, Professor Kate Auty said that Taylor’s appointment will help to advise the existing leaders within the authority, as well as oversee future projects.
“Professor Taylor is a strong advocate for environmental health,” the professor said.
“His work regarding the management of contaminated sites with a focus on the management of per fluorinated chemicals will ensure EPA Victoria remains at the forefront of emerging contaminant science.”
As part of the role professor Taylor will provide advice during environmental emergencies which contain high levels of risk to the community.
Taylor believes his previous experience will enable him to positively contribute to the authority.
“My life’s work has been focused on the prevention of harm to the community by reducing environmental health risks,” he said.
Taylor’s previous work includes:
- Professor of Environmental Science and Human Health at Macquarie University, Sydney, specialising in environmental contamination – October 1999 – 2021.
- Commissioner, Land and Environment Court, Sydney – August 2008 – August 2009.
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, October 1998-October 1999.
Professor Taylor will commence his new role on 26 July this year.