Established in 1996 to protect and improve the environment, the Environment Agency works to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development. Environment Agency is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). Within England we’re responsible for regulating major industry and waste; treatment of contaminated land; water quality and resources; fisheries; inland river, estuary and harbour navigations; and conservation and ecology. In addition we are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.
Jon Hollis is an experienced Programme Manager working for the Environment Agency. Originally a cartographer, he moved into programme management in 2007, and has developed, monitored and managed several programmes. He’s had roles in business planning and allocations. The £15m Natural Flood Management (NFM) Programme Jon manages is learning more about NFM measures to make more use of them. The programme has enabled Jon to work with practitioners and ministers alike. He’s passionate about sharing that knowledge to encourage and enable others to do more. He has an international network, and is developing tools to make information about NFM more accessible to all. Having grown up in the fens, Jon has always loved the outdoors and it’s no surprise that his career in in the environment sector. Out of work you will likely find him walking in the countryside with a camera around his neck trying to capture landscape and wildlife pictures.