The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, is the Minister with overall responsibility for The Royal Parks. The Secretary of State determines the financial framework and allocation of financial resources, including key targets, and also approves the corporate objectives for The Royal Parks. Day-to-day management of the Royal Parks has been delegated by the Secretary of State to the Chief Executive of the agency.
The Royal Parks' Board sets the strategic direction for the Agency. Appointments to the Board are made by the Mayor of London.
Further information on The Royal Parks' activities and accounts is available in the annual report.
The Board meets quarterly and provides a strategic overview; guiding and challenging The Royal Parks to ensure performance is maintained and improved. Appointments to The Board are made by the Mayor of London.
The Board members are:
Board posts are not remunerated. Agendas and minutes from The Royal Parks' Board meetings are published by the Greater London Authority (GLA).
The Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport manages the parks under powers set out in section 22 of The Crown Lands 1851 Act, which transferred management of the parks from the monarch to the government.
The 1851 Act originally vested those powers in the Commissioners of Works but the powers were transferred to the Minister of Works in 1942. Following a number of transfers, the powers now rest with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Other Acts of Parliament which are also relevant to the management of the Royal Parks include:
Find out more about Royal Parks regulations.