Purpose

Natural Cambridgeshire, the Local Nature Partnership for Cambridgeshire, will work to achieve a high quality natural environment for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

Role

The role of Natural Cambridgeshire is to act as an independent, objective voice for the Natural Environment in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, acting as a conduit to local and central government and other stakeholders. The main focus for the Board will be to provide strategic leadership, coordinating partners to deliver projects and activity that will meet the Partnership’s vision and aims.

Objectives

  • To establish a vision
  • To prepare an action plan, with agreed aims and objectives and to review it annually.
  • To give strategic direction to partners to enable delivery of the agreed vision and action plan.
  • To promote the social, health, economic, environmental and heritage benefits of having a high quality environment for the people of Greater Cambridgeshire.
  • To ensure integration with the Local Enterprise Partnership, Business partners and the Health and Well-being Boards.
  • To support the work of catchment partnerships and take close account of Local Catchment Flood Management Plans on water quality and flooding issues.
  • To fulfil role as consultee for strategic planning.
  • To formally review progress annually and report to the wider LNP and to Government at the annual Ministerial meeting.
  • To secure funding mechanisms to deliver the LNP action plan.

Membership

Membership of the Board to be limited to 15 with 2 Co-opted members. With senior representatives from all relevant sectors to include land owners and managers, nature conservation and environmental organisations, access interests, community interests, social and health partners, economic and business interests, local authorities and research organisations.

A representative from the following organisations has a seat on the Board.

  • Local Enterprise Partnership 1 (Board Member)
  • Business 1 (to be nominated by LEP)
  • Health & Well-Being Boards 2 (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough)
  • DEFRA Agencies either 1 rep for all or one from each)
  • Community representatives 2 (ACRE & Local Access Forum)
  • Farming and land management 2 (CLA & NFU )
  • Nature Conservators 3 (National Trust/Wildlife Trust/RSPB)

Public sector:

  • Cambridgeshire County Council 1 (Councillor)
  • Peterborough City Council 1 (Councillor)
  • Districts 1 (Councillor representing the 5 Cambs Districts)

The Board will have the ability to co-opt additional expertise onto the Board to support particular projects or aspects of the LP programme (2 co-optees to be nominated by the Board after second meeting having undertaken skills audit of Board membership).

There will be Officer support provided by Cambridgeshire County Council, to include; the Community Green Spaces Manager and Business Support Officer.

Meeting arrangements

Meeting frequency

  • The Board will normally meet four times per year.

Papers

  • Meetings of the Board are public, therefore the Agenda and Papers will made available on the County Council, Peterborough City Council and other partners websites at least five working days prior to the meeting. Minutes of the meeting record all decisions made by the Board and will be published as soon as possible following the meeting.

Secretariat Support

  • The County Council will provide support to the Chairman in setting dates for meetings, preparing agendas and minuting meetings.

Governance and accountability

Election of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

  • Board members must elect or re-elect a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson annually.
  • Nominations for the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson role will require a formal proposer and a seconder to submit details of the nominee to a Board meeting.
  • Nominees for these roles must demonstrate that they have the required skills for these positions as outlined in Annex 1, Natural Cambridgeshire Chairperson and Vice Chairperson Job Role.
  • The Board will take a vote on all nominees and record the result in the minutes.
  • The nominees receiving the most votes will be elected as Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson.
  • Board Members will normally stand for 3 years and are allowed to stand for re-election at the end of this period.

Decision making

  • The Board will only be quorate when over 50% of Board members are present.
  • Should ‘written procedures’ be required members will be asked to make a formal response within the time specified by the Chairperson. Responses received after this deadline may not be counted
  • Consideration and approval of project ideas, concepts and business cases will follow the procedures set out within the LNP’s ToR.
  • The Board will seek to reach agreement on recommendations by discussion and consensus. When a formal vote is required each member (or substitute) shall be entitled to one vote and decisions will be made on the basis of a simple majority.
  • The Chairperson will have the casting vote if there is a split decision.
  • Agendas and minutes will also be shared with the Local Enterprise Partnership and Health & Well-Being Board.
  • Regular contact and updates will be provided for those organisations that represent the wider LNP ‘stakeholder’ network and with those Parishes and District Councils not represented on the Board.
  • The Board will be accountable for its actions to its individual member organisations

The Role of the Board Member

  • Representatives will be accountable through their own organisations for the decisions they take.
  • It is expected that Members of the Board will have delegated authority from their organisations to take decisions within the terms of reference.
  • Members should demonstrate that they meet the criteria outlined in Annex 2, Natural Cambridgeshire – Board Member Job Role.

Any matters not covered by this document shall be left to the discretion of the Chair and Board.