Natural England - Board Members

Body: Natural England (NE)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Various
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £328 per day (up to £11,808 per annum). The appointment is non-pensionable. Reasonable travel and overnight expenses are paid.
Time Requirements: 36 Days a Year (3 days per month)

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    28/07/2022 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    Early August

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Natural England is the Government’s statutory adviser, independent regulator and central delivery body for the natural environment in England. We help to protect and restore our natural world for present and future generations through sustainable development.

We work on a wide range of projects and partnerships, conserving nature, wildlife, access, landscapes, cultures and developing our scientific evidence to inform future decisions.

We support and deliver the Government’s 25-year environment plan, which sets out goals for leaving the environment in a better state within a generation.

We aim for:

• a well-managed Nature Recovery Network across land, water and sea;

• nature-based solutions and ecosystem services contributing fully to tackling environmental threats;

• improvements in the natural capital to drive sustainable economic growth;

• partnerships to help nature’s recovery.

Our projects are many and varied: from a new £10m fund to drive private sector investment in nature to the launch of the new Countryside Code.

Board Members should complement each other in terms of their skills and experience. They are specifically responsible for:

· Establishing and taking forward the strategic aims and objectives of Natural England consistent with its overall strategic direction within the policy and resources framework determined by the Secretary of State;

· Setting the long-term direction for the Executive team and the tone and pace needed to deliver the agreed strategies and plans;

· Agreeing an Action Plan for each year that sets out Natural England’s specific delivery commitments and approving the appropriate allocation of resources;

· Receiving and reviewing regular performance information concerning the ongoing delivery of Natural England against its agreed Action Plan;

· Ensuring that the responsible Minister is kept informed of any changes which are likely to impact on the strategic direction of Natural England or on the attainability of its targets, and determining the steps needed to deal with such changes;

· Ensuring that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control and demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times;

· Ensuring that any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds are complied with; that the Board operates within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with Defra, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds; and that in reaching decisions, the Board takes into account any relevant guidance issued by Defra or by the Government more broadly; and

· Approval of all matters not delegated to the Chief Executive under the Natural England Schemes of Delegation.

· Following a Board skills review, two areas of expertise were identified that could strengthen future direction and decisions: engaging diverse communities with nature and place-based delivery.

Person Specification

Candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:

• Understanding of the work delivered by Natural England and support for its purpose, values and strategic direction.

• An ability to analyse issues at a strategic level in ways which are impartial, creative, and focused on finding solutions.

• An ability to provide constructive and independent leadership, challenge, and support within a complex organisation.

• Exceptional communication skills, along with the ability to influence, engage, and inspire confidence across a strong and diverse network of stakeholders nationally.

• One vacancy will require experience in nature conservation science with the ability to play a science leadership role, along with the ability to find innovative ways of communicating science to wider audiences.

1_NE Candidate Pack
2_Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of interest conduct and advertising Questionnaire)
3_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Questionnaire)
4_Public Appointments Guidance Notes
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