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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 Nature Conservation Committee as at May 2019
Professor Chris Gilligan CBE Independent Chair – University of Cambridge
Dr Hilary Kirkpatrick Chair – Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside
Lord Blencathra Deputy Chair – Natural England
Professor Colin Galbraith Independent
Professor Ian Bateman OBE Independent – University of Exeter
Dr Mike Cantlay OBE Chair – Scottish Natural Heritage
Professor Marian Scott OBE  Independent – University of Glasgow
Professor Melanie Austen Independent – Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Mr Charles Banner QC Independent – Landmark Chambers
Ms Cath Denholm Deputy Chair – Scottish Natural Heritage
Professor Michael Winter Board Member – Natural England
Professor Steve Ormerod Board Member – Natural Resources Wales
Sir David Henshaw Chair – Natural Resource Wales


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, 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 The National Archives




Inter-sessional papers provided between Committee meetings, are also available using the links below. To access papers for meetings held in 2018 and earlier, please view our archive.  


JNCC 1932 Appointment of an external member to the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee (released August 2019)

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If you would like to attend, please call 01733 562626 or email the secretariat

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