Our governance

The main decision-making, executive and managerial bodies at the Coal Authority.

Coal Authority Board

The board sets the authority’s strategy and monitors performance. Its members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

It’s responsible for:

  • making strategic decisions
  • managing relationships with stakeholders
  • evaluating the current strategy and improving it

Coal Authority: board responsibilities, behaviours and objectives (PDF, 154KB, 6 pages)

Latest board meeting

Board minutes

The board meets at least 6 times a year.

Minutes are available from each meeting:

Other meeting papers and meeting minutes from 2010 to 2012 are on the Coal Authority’s archived pages.

Board members

Members of the board are appointed by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. They are:

Coal Authority Executive Leadership Team

The executive leadership team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the authority. They meet weekly to talk about what the authority wants to do, how they can do it and how quickly.


The team is made up of the authority’s executive directors. Its members are:

  • Paul Frammingham
  • Philip Lawrence
  • Dr Simon Reed
  • Richard Hughes, director of business development
  • Lisa Lax, director of people and retail client services

Coal Authority Audit Committee

The audit committee works to make sure the authority’s risks are properly managed. They meet at least 4 times a year and are responsible for reviewing the authority’s:

  • risk management
  • main policies
  • annual report and accounts
  • external audit results

Coal Authority Audit Committee: terms of reference (PDF, 61KB, 5 pages)


The members of the audit committee are:

  • Bob Spedding, Chair
  • Steve Wilson
  • Gemma Pearce