The Government has decided to appoint Laura Burke as the new director general of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She succeeds Dr Mary Kelly, who took up a new role as chairperson of An Bord Pleanála in August 2011.
Laura Burke has been a director of the EPA since 2004, initially serving as the agency’s director of communications and corporate services and more recently as director of the Office of Climate, Licensing, Research and Resource Use. Prior to joining the EPA, she worked in the private sector. She is a graduate chemical engineer of University College Dublin and holds an MSc from Trinity College, Dublin.