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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 January 2023

Name Details
Professor Colin Galbraith Independent Chair
Mr Charles Banner KC Independent Deputy Chair (Keating Chambers)
Professor Melanie Austen Independent Member (University of Plymouth)
Ms Cath Denholm Independent Member (Equality and Human Rights Commission)
Professor Tom Meagher Independent Member (University of St Andrews)
Dr Hilary Kirkpatrick Chair of Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside
Professor Julian Orford Deputy Chair of Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside
Ms Aoife Martin Deputy Chair of NatureScot 
Professor Peter Higgins Board Member of NatureScot
Lord Blencathra Deputy Chair of Natural England
Dr Clare Fitzsimmons Board Member of Natural England
Sir David Henshaw Chair of Natural Resource Wales
Professor Steve Ormerod Board Member of Natural Resources Wales


Register of Interests

Latest information for 2022-23


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


  • Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 March – virtually
  • Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 June – Northern Ireland
  • Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September – Aberdeen
  • Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 November – virtually






Inter-sessional papers

Inter-sessional papers provided between Committee meetings, are also available using the links below. To access papers produced prior to 2019, 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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