Chief Executive

Marian Spain


Marian was appointed Chief Executive of Natural England in May 2020, having carried out the role on an interim basis since December 2018. She joined the board of Natural England in March 2018 before relinquishing this role on becoming Interim Chief Executive.

Marian was previously the Chief Executive of Plantlife International, the UK’s leading wild plant conservation charity, and also a Secretary of State appointed member of the New Forest National Park Authority and a trustee of the Campaign for National Parks.

She was formerly Ofwat’s Senior Director of Policy and Communications and Director of Strategy at the Energy Saving Trust. Before that Marian worked for the Environment Agency and also held a number of roles at the Countryside Agency, having started her career at the Countryside Commission, one of Natural England’s predecessors. She holds degrees from the University of Liverpool and University of London (Imperial College).

Chief Executive

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

Natural England

Previous roles in government

  • Interim Chief Executive
  • Non-executive board member