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

Board meetings

Selected board meetings are open to members of the public. Board meetings will be held on:

  • 17 June 2015
  • 15 July 2015
  • 16 September 2015
  • 4 November 2015 – open to members of the public
  • 2 December 2015

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 chief officers. 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