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Jonny Hughes

Chief Executive Officer, WCMC | Senior Management Team

Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Hughes has overall leadership responsibility for WCMC whilst fostering seamless collaboration between the charity and the UN Environment Programme as UNEP-WCMC (known collectively as the Centre). As leader of WCMC, Jonny is responsible for building a high-performance culture that ensures quality outputs and measurable impact for UNEP-WCMC as it strives towards its vision for a ‘sustainable world for biodiversity and people’.

Jonny reports to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WCMC.

Previous experience & expertise

Before joining WCMC Jonny was the CEO of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scotland’s leading environmental charity, and had previously worked for the Woodland Trust and Westminster City Council.

Jonny has been an elected global Councillor of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2012, spending four of those years as chair of the Council’s Policy and Programme Committee. He is also a non-Executive Director of Corrour Estate, a large upland estate in Scotland, and a trustee at the People’s Postcode Lottery.

He holds a B.A in Geography and Biology from Keele University, an MSc in Ecology from the University of Florence which he completed on an Erasmus scholarship, and an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. Jonny coaches squash and plays tennis, five-a-side football, table football and has wide interests including green urban design, Italian Renaissance art and early 20th century American literature.