Lord Blencathra appointed deputy chair of Natural England

Environment secretary, Michael Gove, has appointed Lord Blencathra as deputy chair of Natural England (NE) until his term as an NE board member ends on 11 March 2021.

Lord Blencathra (pictured) has been a Conservative life peer since February 2011. As David Maclean he was MP for Penrith and The Border and was formerly minister of state at the Home Office and a minister at the Department of the Environment in the 1990s.

He was appointed to the board of NE in March 2018.