The EPA chief scientist

19 February 2018

Chief Scientist Jacqueline Rowarth is leaving the EPA to return to an education role.

Today I have accepted Chief Scientist Jacqueline Rowarth's resignation. She is returning to an education role where she will also continue independent analysis and commentary on issues for New Zealand. The students will undoubtedly benefit from her input.

During her time with the EPA Jacqueline has built up the science team, focusing on supporting other teams with the information they need to make decisions informed by science. In particular she has encouraged staff to get involved – through speaking and writing, starting with [our internal regular feature] Science Corner. She has also spread the word externally about the role the EPA plays in New Zealand.

Jacqueline’s last day of employment with the EPA as Chief Scientist will be Friday 2 March 2018. However, Jacqueline has agreed to undertake specific research/project work for EPA for up to two months after her employment with the EPA ends. The Executive Team wishes her all the best for her future work.

Allan Freeth
Chief Executive