Did we have a senior moment or was Chris Smith advertised last year to be leaving by June 2014 - and does the extension to September reveal a problem getting a suitable candidate to grasp the poison chalice?
From ENDS Reports (and h/t Henry)
Dilley confirmed as new Environment Agency chair
It's likely (O.K. certain...) that files/reports about Avoncliff will be on Sir Philip's desk sooner rather than later ..... (Google Sir Philip Dilley)
It's caused a bit of spluttering at The Guardian and no doubt when FoE and Greenpeace catch up there'll be a blizzard of ad-hom name calling - then aagain maybe not - he gave £2000 to the Scottish Labour Party.
EDIT From The Role Description: "You will promote a positive and constructive relationship with everyone that works with the Environment Agency including local government and local communities, business and industry, planners and developers, and a wide range of other interest groups. Providing excellent customer service will be core to your role."