Ross Clark Ross Clark

Wanted: someone with a grounding in PR, dam-building and Caribbean geography

The tragedy of Sir Philip Dilley’s short reign as chairman of the Environment Agency, which ended when he resigned today, is that until he chose to stay in Barbados rather than travel back to Britain to take control of the response to the floods, he was unusually well-qualified for the job.

With his appointment in September 2014 we finally had an engineer in charge of the nation’s flood defences.

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