area director, West Midlands,
Clare Dinnis is the Environment Agency’s Area Director for the West Midlands and has been with the Environment Agency for a little over 20 years in a variety of roles spanning much of its remit. Most recently Clare was a Deputy Director for Incident Management responsible for securing funding and setting the strategic direction for all aspects of the Environment Agency’s work on incidents from waste fires to water pollution and from drought and flood to air quality. She also played a key incident response role briefing and supporting Ministers, wider government and the media.
Before this Clare worked in Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management where she was instrumental in the EA’s FCERM Strategy driving a new approach to collaboration which shaped the consultation on this ground-breaking piece of work. She helped shape the Cumbria Flood Action plan following flooding in December 2015 and chaired the Flood and Coast Conference Advisory Committee in 2017 and 2018.
Clare’s early career is in various aspects of water management including abstraction reform, water quality regulation, drought management and long-term water resources planning. Clare is a passionate advocate for diversity and in 2018 formed the Women in FCERM initiative which supports women and men in striving for gender diversity across the wider flood and coastal erosion sector.