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, 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

Board members

Board meetings

Board meetings will be held on:

  • 11 January
  • 22 March
  • 3 May
  • 14 June
  • 19 July
  • 13 September
  • 1 November
  • 6 December

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

Minutes of board meetings

The minutes are 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