Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed Tony Juniper CBE as the new Chair of Natural England.

Tony Juniper CBE is currently Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK and President of Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. To ensure impartiality, Juniper will stand down from these positions following confirmation of his appointment and will not remain a member of the Green Party whilst Chair of Natural England.

As reported on Croner-I, Juniper’s appointment follows the EFRA and EAC committees’ joint report and public hearing into his suitability for the role. Announcing the appointment, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said, Juniper’s career as a dedicated conservationist brings “great experience and passion to Natural England”.

“Natural England has a key part to play in the Government’s 25 year plan for the environment and ensuring we can protect nature for future generations. That is why I am looking forward to working with Tony as he leads the organisation and ensures Natural England can continue delivering the Government’s environmental priorities,” he added.

Natural England is a non-departmental public body and the Government’s statutory advisor for the natural environment in England, set up to help protect England’s nature and landscapes and the services they provide.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity does not play a part in the selection process. Tony Juniper, former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, described his appointment as “a real honour” and looked forward to working with the Natural England teams and partners “in delivering the biggest possible positive impact that we can.”

“As Chair, my aim will be to celebrate, protect and deepen the impact of Natural England’s excellent work, not only for the sake of our wildlife and beautiful landscapes, but also for the huge benefits that our success brings for society,” he said.

Tony Juniper will take up the position as Chair of Natural England on the 23 April 2019.

Last reviewed 13 March 2019