New Appointment to Natural England Board

Body: Natural England Board (NE)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Various
Number of Vacancies: N/A
Remuneration: £328 per day (£11,808 pro rata) for a time commitment of approximately 3 days a month.
Time Requirements: Approximately 3 days a month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

New appointment to the Natural England Board

Defra Ministers have appointed Clare Fitzsimmons to the Natural England Board for a three-year term. Her first term will begin on 12 September 2021 and will run until 11 September 2024.

Following six-month extensions to their first terms, Lord Blencathra, Catherine Dugmore and Henry Robinson have all been reappointed for a second term. Their second terms will run from 12 September 2021 until 11 March 2024.

Board members play an important role in supporting and encouraging the executive team in improving Natural England’s delivery for the natural environment by driving forward substantial change to deliver value for money, excellent customer service and better collaboration with partners.
Natural England plays a key role in delivering Government’s environmental priorities. Its general purpose is to ensure the natural environment is conserved, enhanced and managed for the benefit of present and future generations.

The appointment and reappointments have been made in accordance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments published by the Cabinet Office. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.

There is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if significant) to be declared. Clare Fitzsimmons, Catherine Dugmore and Henry Robinson have declared that they have not taken part in any significant political activity in the past five years. Lord Blencathra declared that he takes the Conservative Whip in the House of Lords. He does not make speeches on party political matters or issues related to Natural England.

Date: 10/09/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    14/11/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    10/09/2021 at 14:00

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Campaign Ref: APPT06-19

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