Interim Chief Executive

Marian Spain


Marian is Interim Chief Executive of Natural England, the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England. Marian took up the role at the start of December.

Marian has been the Chief Executive of Plantlife International, the UK’s leading wild plant conservation charity, since 2014. She has stepped down from that role during her time at Natural England. Marian was appointed to the board of Natural England in March 2018. This role will also be relinquished whilst she is Interim Chief Executive.

She was until November 2018 a Secretary of State appointed member of the New Forest National Park Authority and was previously a trustee of the Campaign for National Parks.

She was formerly Ofwat’s Senior Director of Policy and Communications (2010 to 2013) and Director of Strategy at the Energy Saving Trust (2007 to 2010). Before that she worked for the Environment Agency and also held a number of roles at the Countryside Agency.

Interim Chief Executive

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

Previous roles in government

  1. Non-executive board member

    • 2018 to 2018