Our governance

The Natural England Board and the Senior Leadership Team 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.

Vacancy for Natural England Board member: science specialism

The Secretary of State is seeking applications for a new Natural England Board member to join the board in June 2016. See the cabinet office website for full details.

The Board acts in accordance with the strategic statement of board role (PDF, 31.2KB, 2 pages) and the board standing orders (PDF, 39.9KB, 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

Board meetings

Board meetings will be held on:

  • 20 January 2016
  • 24 February 2016
  • 23 March 2016
  • 11 May 2016
  • 22 June 2016
  • 20 July 2016
  • 21 September 2016
  • 2 November 2016 – open to members of the public (to be held in Cambridge)
  • 7 December 2016

Some board meetings are open to members of the public. Email boardservices@naturalengland.org.uk if you’d like to attend. The agenda and papers will be published a week before open meetings.

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.

Senior Leadership Team

The Senior Leadership Team gives overall leadership by setting plans, reviewing performance and overseeing resourcing. The team assists the chief executive in carrying out their responsibilities.

Senior Leadership Team members