NNCG member takes to the chair at Natural England

One of the NNCG founding members, Jake Fiennes has been named as joint chair of one of Natural England’s committees. Alongside Kim Shillinglaw, a senior media executive, Fiennes will be heading the Natural England National Nature Reserves (NNR) Steering Group.

Fiennes is the director of Holkham National Nature Reserve, one of 221 such areas in the UK. NNRs have three core purposes: nature conservation, science and people. Natural England recently committed to declaring 25 new or significantly extended NNRs over the next five years, which will be known as The King’s Series.

NNRs are owned and/or managed by Natural England or by ‘Approved Bodies’ such as environmental organisations and private businesses.

The NNR Steering Group comprises 12 members, representing the range of NNR Approved Bodies. Over the last year the Steering Group has produced an NNR Strategy, setting out a shared vision and strategic priorities for England’s NNRs.

The focus for the NNR Steering group for the next three years will be to deliver the NNR Strategy, working together to drive nature recovery at scale.

Following the announcement of his appointment, Fiennes said: ‘NNRs are amazing places. They are where nature, people and science all come together and they are at the heart of the new approach to revive our depleted natural world.

‘Holkham Estate is the largest privately-owned NNR and an approved body; as Director I am enormously proud of what we are achieving for nature recovery not only here but across all NNRs.’

As well as the NNR Steering Group, Natural England also appointed two new chairs to its Science Advisory Committee: Professor of Marine Ecosystems and Governance, Clare Fitzsimmons and Lynn Dicks, who is an Associate Professor in Animal Ecology at Cambridge University. .