SEPA chief executive quits after ‘conduct allegations’

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The chief executive of Scotland’s public body responsible for protecting the environment has stepped down amid ‘conduct allegations’.

Terry A’Hearn today quit his role of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

Bob Downes, the chairman of SEPA, confirmed the move.

He said: ‘Following conduct allegations, Terry A’Hearn has stepped down and left his position.

‘SEPA has a clear code of conduct and takes conduct allegations very seriously indeed.

‘In order to protect anonymity, SEPA is unable to comment further.’

Mr Downes confirmed that recruitment for a new chief executive would begin shortly.

Chief officer Jo Green has been named as acting chief executive in the interim.