Northern Ireland Environment Agency

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is an Executive Agency within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

Strategic purpose

The Agency’s primary purpose is to protect and enhance Northern Ireland’s environment, and in doing so, deliver health and well-being benefits and support economic growth.

The Agency’s key priorities are:

  1. a full compliant regulated industry
  2. freshwater and marine environment at "good status"
  3. a compliant crime free waste sector
  4. good habitat and landscape quality with species abundance and diversity
  5. promote environmentally sustainable development and infrastructure

Business Plan

Annual Reports and Accounts

Organisation and structures

The Agency is headed by a Chief Executive and three Directors:

Role Person
Chief Executive Paul Donnelly
Director of Resource Efficiency Division Richard Crowe
Director of Natural Environment Division Mark Hammond
Director Strategic Planning & Change Division Marcus McAuley

NIEA Board

The Board, consisting of the NIEA Chief Executive and its three Directors alongside representatives of the Policy Divisions, meets on a monthly basis to ensure the Agency carries out its statutory functions and activities.

Members of the public may bring information to the attention of the Board regarding items on the Board agenda by contacting the Board Secretariat:

Customer Service

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