Non-executive board member

Peter Unwin


Peter Unwin is an ex-civil servant with 10 years Board level experience as Director General at Defra and DCLG and a spell as acting Permanent Secretary at Defra. He worked across a wide range of policy areas, including the natural environment, climate change, agriculture, local government and planning.

After leaving the Civil Service in 2015 he spent 4 years as Chief Executive of the Whitehall & Industry Group, an independent charity promoting leadership development and understanding between government, industry and the not for profit sector.

Peter was awarded a CB for services to the environment in 2011 and is a member of the Aldersgate Group.

Non-executive board member

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.

Natural England

Previous roles in government

  • Director General for Environment, Rural and Marine