Alex Schaap has been appointed as Tasmania’s new Director of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
DPIPWE Secretary Kim Evans said Alex has a long history of senior management with the Agency.
"After a nationwide search for a new Director following the recent retirement of Warren Jones, it was pleasing to find that the skills, depth of experience, knowledge and understanding required for the position could be found here in Tasmania," Kim said.
"Alex knows the Tasmanian environment well. He began his scientific career in fisheries but in more recent years has managed the Resource Management and Conservation Division and the Biosecurity and Product Integrity Division.
"These roles have seen Alex extensively involved in managing programs focussed on protecting our environment and the quality of life we enjoy in Tasmania.
"Alex has a depth of experience in working with a range of industry stakeholders and Boards both locally and nationally.
"Alex is aware of the challenge he has ahead of him.
"Warren Jones and, over the last few months, John Mollison have played vital roles in establishing the EPA as an organisation the community can have confidence in.
"In just a few years its credibility in environmental monitoring and regulation has been established and Alex will play a key role in building on that further.
"The staff at the EPA Division were critical to the successful establishment of the Authority and are critical to its continued success and I know Alex is looking forward to meeting and working with you all.
"The department would like to thank John Mollison for his work as Acting Director of the EPA over the last few months."