Natural England board members re-appointed

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom has reappointed four Natural England board members for second terms.

Chartered surveyor, agricultural valuer and executive director of the Foundation for Common Land, Julia Aglionby, chief executive of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and chairman of the Marlborough Downs Nature Enhancement Partnership Teresa Dent and non-executive director of Northumbrian Water Group and chairman of World Land Trust Simon Lyster will be reappointed from July 14 for two years. Naturalist and ornithologist Dr Andy Clements, chief executive of the British Trust for Ornithology and also a trustee of National Biodiversity Network has been reappointed for three years.

Andrew Sells remains chairman. 

Board members provide non-executive leadership challenge and support to the executive through regular Board meetings, committees and groups. They also undertake individual lead roles on relevant issues and with local operational teams.

All appointments to the Natural England Board are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. The appointments comply with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Natural England is a non-departmental public body, set up under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. Its remit is to ensure the natural environment is conserved, enhanced and managed for the benefit of present and future generations.

There is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if significant) to be declared. None of the appointees have declared any significant political activity during the past five years.

Natural England Board Members receive £11,808 per annum based on a time commitment of 36 days.


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