Donate Online Oxfordshire NP Proposal

This sets out the proposed purpose, structure, governance and work programme of the LNP as developed by the Working Group.

Purpose

The proposed purpose of the LNP:

“To radically enhance nature, its positive impact on our climate and the priority it is given, helping to make Oxfordshire an exemplar county for people and nature to thrive.”

Implementation

The LNP will work towards its purpose by:

  • developing strategies and plans;
  • influencing relevant local and national government policy and legislation;
  • establishing voluntary working groups and task and finish groups as required;
  • LNP members and others using LNP outputs to guide their work; and
  • LNP members’ using LNP outputs to influence others.

Proposed 2-year work programme

The following are the proposed work streams that the LNP should focus on for its first two years. The final work programme would need to be set by the board.

  • Local Nature Recovery Strategy
  • Natural Capital Investment Plan
  • Strategic Biodiversity Net Gain System
  • Nature-based climate action plan
  • Responses to relevant local and national policy & legislation
  • Networking & knowledge-sharing

Proposed structure

The specific roles of the individual bodies in the structure are expanded on below, but in summary, the Board provides strategic leadership for the LNP, informed by the Forum which contains representatives of all member organisations. The Executive Group is led by the LNP Manager and brings together the chairs of the Working and Task & Finish Groups.

Board

  • Role:
    • Provide strategic leadership for the LNP
    • Responsible for delivery of LNP purpose
    • Manage finances of LNP and report to body accountable for finances
    • Evaluate success of LNP and delivery of work programme
    • Inform, consult and report to the Forum
    • Establish strong relationship with LEP and Growth Board
  • Membership: No more than 10 members (plus the Chair), specifically including senior figures representing local authorities (1), universities (1), health (1), DEFRA family (1), eNGOs (2), businesses (1), AONBs (1), farming (1) and landowners (1).
  • Formation: The board members shall be appointed by representative groups from their sector, identified by the Working Group in consultation with stakeholders. For example, the local authorities shall nominate their own board member.
  • Board members will be responsible for engaging with members of LNP Forum from their sector.
  • Chair to be appointed by the Forum after receiving the recommendation from the Board.
  • LNP Officer to attend board meetings as an observer.
  • Meets at least 4 times a year.
  • The Board will review its own composition after 2 years.

Board Member Terms and Appointment

  • Board members appointed for a three year term and can be reappointed for only one further term of three years.
  • To ensure the entire board does not change every three years, one third of the board will be up for re-election / replacement every year. This would mean initial appointments would need to be for different terms to ensure all terms did not expire in the same year.

Forum

  • Purpose:
    • To ensure LNP decisions and actions are fully informed by the views and experiences of LNP members
    • To provide a vehicle for consultation on LNP work streams
  • Membership to include
    • Local authorities
    • eNGOs
    • LEP
    • Business organisations
    • DEFRA agencies
    • Universities
    • Health organisations
    • Landowners and farmer clusters
    • Umbrella groups
    • Developers
  • Board to review membership criteria of the Forum
  • Attendance: One or two representatives from each member organisation
  • The forum will be chaired by the Chair of the Board, and facilitated by an independent facilitator
  • Meets at least once a year, commencing Autumn 2021, with more frequent meetings anticipated in the early stages of the LNP

Staff

  • LNP Manager. This will be a full-time post.
  • LNP Officer. This will be a full-time post.
  • Administrative support to the LNP Manager, LNP Officer & Board.
    • It is important to have administrative support separate from the LNP Manager and Officer roles so they are free to drive forward the strategic priorities of the LNP.
  • Local authority to host LNP Manager and Officer

Host

  • Local authority to host LNP, LNP funds and act as accountable body.

Executive Group

  • Purpose
    • Support and advise the LNP Manager
    • Oversee preparation of papers for the Board
  • Membership
    • Chairs of working groups
    • Chaired by LNP Manager

Funding

  • Some local authority funding will be essential
  • Other funding streams are also important, and will need to be explored by the LNP Manager and the Board
  • Funding will be needed to cover costs of the:
    • Staff & operational costs
    • Work programme