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 long term aims of our strategic direction and the annual objectives set by the Secretary of State both of which are then translated into the corporate plan which is approved by the Board.

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) and the board standing orders (PDF, 41.8KB, 6 pages) detail the procedures which govern the conduct of board meetings. 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 broad framework within which Natural England operates.

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

The next board meeting is on Wednesday 25 March. Please note this not an open meeting.

Email boardservices@naturalengland.org.uk if you would like to attend one of our open board meetings.

The agenda and papers for open board sessions will be published a week before the meeting.

Board minutes

From 2015, minutes of all board meetings will be published after confirmation at the next meeting:

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