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.

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

Board meetings

Board meetings will be held on:

  • 4 November 2015 – open to members of the public (the board meeting agenda and paper (PDF, 276KB, 30 pages) are available to view)
  • 2 December 2015
  • 20 January 2016 – open to members of the public (to be held in York)
  • 24 February 2016
  • 30 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 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.

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