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WCMC announces new CEO

06 December 2018
Jonny Hughes Crp2


WCMC is very pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan (Jonny) Hughes as CEO for the Cambridge-based biodiversity charity.

For the last five years, Jonny Hughes has been Chief Executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. He is a global Councillor for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and has chaired their programme and policy committee and private sector task force. He also founded the influential World Forum on Natural Capital.  He will take up the appointment in April 2019.

Welcoming Jonny Hughes, the WCMC Chair of Trustees Dr Robin Bidwell CBE said “the Trustees are delighted that Jonny will be joining us as CEO. These are exciting times for WCMC and we are confident that he will bring the leadership required to ensure that we continue to grow and develop our partnership with UN Environment as a centre of excellence providing biodiversity support to the international community. We would also like to take the opportunity thank the retiring head of WCMC, Tim Johnson, for his leadership over the last two decades”.

WCMC operates in collaboration with UN Environment as the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). The Director of UNEP–WCMC, Neville Ash commented: “I’m extremely happy that Jonny has agreed to take the helm at WCMC, and look forward to building on the on-going close collaboration that underpins the success of UNEP-WCMC’s work around the world. As we celebrate our 40th Anniversary next year there remains much to be done by UNEP-WCMC with our partners to ensure a sustainable future for people and nature!”

Incoming CEO Jonny Hughes said, “We are entering a make or break decade for nature with UNEP-WCMC set to play a pivotal role in ensuring humanity finally begins to reverse the catastrophic loss of biodiversity globally. I am excited and humbled in equal measure by the prospect of leading what is a genuinely world-leading team of experts at WCMC in Cambridge, in collaboration with UN Environment. I look forward to working with all the staff and Trustees to consolidate UNEP-WCMC’s position as the ‘gold standard’ provider of information on nature and natural capital, and to help further grow the Centre’s profile and impact across the world.”