Our governance

The Natural England Board and the executive board are our main decision-making and managerial bodies.

Natural England Board

The board ensures that Natural England fulfils the aims and objectives set by the Secretary of State.

The main roles of the board are to create Natural England’s strategy, approve its direction and review performance.

The board acts in accordance with the strategic statement of board role (PDF, 31.2KB, 2 pages) . Members act in accordance with the board code of conduct (PDF, 117KB, 8 pages) , and subject to the board retained authority (PDF, 45KB, 3 pages) .

The current management statement and financial memorandum (PDF, 377KB, 60 pages) sets out the spending and how well the agency has met its objectives.

Terms of reference for the board’s committees and groups

Natural England board members

  • Andrew Sells (Chairman)
  • Professor David Hill (Deputy Chairman)
  • William Cockbain
  • Dr Joe Horwood
  • Nigel Reader CBE
  • Teresa Dent
  • Dr Simon Lyster
  • Dr Andy Clements
  • Dr Julia Aglionby

Board meetings

Natural England board meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend and/or receive copies of the papers please email boardservices@naturalengland.org.uk.

The next board meeting is on 25 February 2015.

Board meeting agenda and papers:

For details of previous meetings see The National Archives.

Executive board

The executive board has a chief executive and 4 executive directors. The board assists the chief executive in carrying out their responsibilities. The executive board gives overall leadership by setting plans, reviewing performance and overseeing resourcing.

Executive board members

  • James Cross, Chief Executive
  • Guy Thompson, Executive Director, Local Delivery
  • Alan Law, Interim Executive Director, Strategy
  • Tim Hill, Interim Executive Director, Science and Evidence
  • Paul Lambert, Executive Director, Corporate Services