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Meet our Joint Committee

The Joint Committee leads JNCC and has overall responsibility for our work. Members discuss strategic nature conservation and organisational issues as well as making high-level advice, strategy, funding and planning decisions. The Framework Document provides the legal, administrative and financial framework within which the Joint Committee operates.


Members of the Joint Committee as of April 2024

Name Details
Ms Cath Denholm Independent Interim Chair (Equality and Human Rights Commission)
Professor Tom Meagher Independent Member (University of St Andrews)
Professor Julian Orford Deputy Chair of Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside
Professor Colin Galbraith Chair of NatureScot 
Professor Peter Higgins Board Member of NatureScot
Lord Blencathra Deputy Chair of Natural England
Professor Melanie Austen Board Member of Natural England
Professor Rhys Jones Board Member of Natural Resources Wales
Professor Steve Ormerod Board Member of Natural Resources Wales


Register of Interests

Latest information for 2023 to 24


Committee meetings

The Committee meets four times a year, in March, June, September and November. We are committed to the principle of open government and you are welcome to attend as observers, except when confidential issues are being discussed.

The meeting agenda and Committee papers are made available one week ahead of the meeting and draft minutes six weeks later. Meetings are run in accordance with a set of standing orders. If you would like to attend a Joint Committee meeting, please contact us

Committee papers (non-sensitive only) can be downloaded by following the links below. To access papers for meetings held in 2017 and earlier, please visit The National Archives








Inter-sessional papers

Inter-sessional papers provided between Committee meetings, are also available using the links below. To access papers produced prior to 2018, please visit The National Archives.  

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If you would like to attend a Joint Committee meeting, please call 01733 562626 or email the secretariat

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