Deputy Chair

The Rt Hon Lord Blencathra


Lord Blencathra is a Member of the House of Lords where he chairs a Select Committee and has been appointed to the Council of Europe.

He was formerly Minister of State at the Home Office and a Minister at the Department of the Environment in the 1990s. At the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 he led for the UK and launched the Darwin Initiative. He formerly represented England’s largest rural constituency as the Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border. Lord Blencathra has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair.

Lord Blencathra’s appointment to the Natural England board is until 11 March 2021.

Deputy Chair

Non-executive Board Members of Natural England have collective responsibility for the strategic direction and overall performance of the organisation. They make sure that Natural England is properly and effectively managed and provide stewardship for the public funds entrusted to the organisation.

Previous roles in government

  1. Non-executive board member

    • 2018 to 2018