Natural England is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) established by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.
Natural England developed its framework document in partnership with its sponsor department, Defra. The document implements the principles set out in the cross-government code of practice for partnerships between departments and arm’s length bodies. The document sets out Natural England’s:
- purpose and status
- methods of governance and accountability for its activities
- ways of working with Parliament, stakeholders, customers and Defra group
- main duties as an NDPB – for example, the way that it should use and account for public money
Natural England Board
The main roles of the Board are to:
- provide leadership for the organisation – setting strategy and direction, agreeing objectives and overseeing performance
- ensure that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance, internal control and use of public money
The Board is the decision making body for Natural England. The
sets out the matters that need to come before the Board for decision. All other authority is delegated to the Chief Executive.
Members act in accordance with the
Board committees and groups
The Board delivers its duties through regular formal board meetings and through a small number of statutory and time-limited sub-committees.
Committee terms of reference:
Board meetings in 2023 will be held on:
- 28 June - open meeting (St Ives, Cornwall)
- 26 July
- 20 September
- 8 November
Board meetings in 2024 will be held on:
- 21 February
- 15 May
- 31 July
- 25 September
- 6 November
Board meetings in 2025 will be held on:
Some board meetings are open to members of the public. To register your attendance email email@example.com.
Minutes of board meetings (published after confirmation at next meeting):
– includes board paper and supplement
– includes meeting papers and agenda
and associated detail the procedures which govern the conduct of board meetings.
NE Executive Committee
NE Executive Committee operate within the decision-making framework set out in the: