Alan joined Natural England’s predecessor organisation, English Nature, in 1992 with a background in zoology.
Alan has held a number of strategic and operational roles since then, working most closely on the establishment and development of biodiversity programmes, and on Natural England’s work across London and the south east. Alan has enjoyed a broad span of experience across Natural England’s remit, leading at various times on our marine programme, Common Agricultural Policy schemes and land use planning. Leadership of change has been a constant theme across these roles.
Alan took up his previous role as Executive Director, Strategy in December 2014. He was appointed as Chief Officer for Strategy and Reform in March 2015.
Chief Strategy and Reform Officer
The Chief Strategy and Reform Officer is responsible for developing and maintaining a single integrated organisational view of the outcomes Natural England is seeking to achieve and how it will best achieve these ambitions through its conservation strategy. Responsibilities include:
- leading organisational change, the development of new delivery programmes, innovation and reform
- national programme leadership of Biodiversity 2020, Common Agricultural Policy schemes, marine, landscape, access, geodiversity and better regulation
- providing advice to government to inform strategy and policy development
- maintaining Natural England’s legal duties, strategies, standards and guidance
- building sustainable relationships with national stakeholders