WA EPA appoints new Deputy Chair

Western Australian Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has welcomed Lee McIntosh as Deputy Chair of the state’s Environmental Protection Authority.

McIntosh was successful in her nomination as Member and Deputy Chair of the EPA Board for a term of five years beginning 18 November. She will replace Robert Harvey who has been Deputy Chair for almost eight years.

“I welcome Lee McIntosh to the EPA Board. She brings a broad range of experience in environmental law and has a vast knowledge on environmental due diligence issues, heritage, offsets and assessment and approvals processes,” Dawson said.

“I also wanted to acknowledge and thank outgoing Chair Dr Tom Hatton and Deputy Chair Robert Harvey for the dedication and expertise they have brought to the Board in recent years.

“In particular, of note was Dr Hatton’s leadership in overseeing changes in environmental impact assessment and policy that led to the EPA being recognised with an International Association for Impact Assessment award last year.”

McIntosh has more than 20 years’ experience practicing as an environmental lawyer, has held roles on several government and community boards, and provided advice on the environmental approval and social licence issues associated with some of Western Australia’s most significant projects.

The EPA’s operations are governed by the Environmental Protection Act 1986 which stipulates an objective of the EPA is to ‘use its best endeavours to protect the environment’.

Recruitment for a replacement for outgoing Chair Tom Hatton, who completed his five-year term this week, is underway.

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