Chief Executive

James Cross


James Cross is the Chief Executive of Natural England, the government’s expert advisor on the natural environment for England; and a member of Defra’s Executive Committee.

James was previously the Chief Executive of the Marine Management Organisation, the marine regulator and manager for English seas, and a former HM Assistant Chief Inspector of Court Administration for England and Wales with the Ministry of Justice.

James is a Chartered Director, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Association of Chief Executives.

James was appointed to the Natural England Board as an ex officio Board member on 1 January 2016, and chairs the Board Natural Flood Management subgroup.

Chief Executive

The Chief Executive, Natural England is responsible for the day to day management of the organisation.

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Executive Officer, MMO

    • 2010 to 2014