James Bevan (diplomat)

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His Excellency
Sir James D. Bevan
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Chief Executive of the Environment Agency
Assumed office
Preceded by Paul Leinster
High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to India
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Richard Stagg
Personal details
Born (1959-07-13) 13 July 1959 (age 57)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Janet Purdie
Children Jo, Lottie and Rosie
Alma mater Sussex University
Occupation Diplomat

Sir James Bevan KCMG (born 13 July 1959) is a British diplomat and public servant. Since 2015, he has been the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency.

Early life[edit]

Bevan was born on 13 July 1959. He was educated at Sussex University.


He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1982 and served in Kinshasa, Brussels, Paris, and Washington, as well as various posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard (2006–07) and the Chief Operating Officer of the FCO (2007–11). He became High Commissioner to India since 2011, preceded by Richard Stagg.[1][2]

Bevan undertook a new role of Chief Executive of the Environment Agency from 30 November 2015.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Sir James is married to Janet Purdie. They have three daughters: Jo, Lottie and Rosie.


Bevan was appointed CMG in 2006 and knighted KCMG in 2012.