McGlade was appointed executive director in 2003 for a five-year term, which was renewed in May 2008 for a second term.

An EEA spokesperson told edie that the EEA will be replacing McGlade in early June but did not provide details of possible candidates or future plans for McGlade.

In her 10 years at the agency, McGlade orchestrated much of the topics and themes covered by the EEA, which now include all aspects of environment and climate policy, including related policies in green economy, transport, energy, agriculture, fisheries, tourism and urban development.

Chair of the EEA Management Board, Karsten Sach, said: “Jacquie’s abundant energy and intellectual acuity have been a great inspiration to all of us that have worked with her. Personally, I relied on her support and insights, and greatly valued her extensive experience and dedication.

“She has positioned the EEA as one of the world’s leading providers of environmental information. She has been the driving force behind many projects and initiatives. For example, she was instrumental in setting up the network of Environmental Protection Agencies, which has become extremely important in supporting the implementation of environmental policy across Europe.”

McGlade has overseen a significant increase in the coverage and extent of data and information processed and analysed by the EEA/Eionet, and a doubling of the resources for the agency to support this work.

Leigh Stringer

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