Julie Foley is Director of Flood Risk Strategy and National Adaptation in the Environment Agency. Julie has led the development of the Environment Agency's National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy working with government, risk management authorities and other partners.
Julie was formerly Area Director for the Environment Agency's Kent and South London Area. Her accountabilities included leading over 500 staff who work on issues relating to flood risk management, spatial planning advice, pollution control, water abstraction licencing, industry regulation, environmental crime, fisheries and biodiversity, waterways as well as incident management response. The Area's operational responsibilities include the Thames Barrier Tidal Defences and the Medway navigations.
Before joining Kent, South London & East Sussex Area, Julie was Area Director for the Environment Agency's Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire Area which encompasses the River Great Ouse Catchment.
Julie has been in the Environment Agency for about twelve years and was previously Deputy Director for Sustainable Places with national oversight for the Environment Agency's work on spatial planning and sustainable development. Her background prior to that was in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) where she worked on a range of strategic policy issues including climate change, flooding and water management. Julie has also held roles working for public policy think tanks.
Julie is educated to Master's Degree level in environmental technology and management and is one of the Environment Agency's diversity leads for race and ethnicity.