Natural England chair retires

Andrew Sells has retired as Chair of Natural England after five years.

Sells (pictured) said: “Protecting and enhancing the natural environment has been a considerable challenge, especially in a difficult financial climate, but I am very proud to have given it my best.”

He went on to say he had “nothing but admiration for our knowledgeable and inspirational staff, and I have been fortunate to have the constant support of a high-calibre board," adding: “I believe Natural England is well-equipped to provide the environmental leadership needed to help fulfil the government’s aim of leaving the natural world in a better state."

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it expected to announce Sells’ successor shortly. Deputy chair, Lord Blencathra, will chair the Board in the interim.