Jonathan Hughes

Jonathan (Jonny) Hughes is currently the CEO of WCMC, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, based in Cambridge. Prior to this Jonny was the CEO of the Scottish Wildlife Trust for 5 years having previously worked for the Woodland Trust and Westminster City Council.

From September 2012 to June 2020, Jonny was an elected global Councillor of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) where for four years he chaired the Council’s policy and programme committee and the EU policy advisory group. He is also a non-Executive Director of Corrour Estate, a large upland estate in Scotland, and chair of the Ecological Advisory Board of Ardtornish Estate. He is also chair of two Trusts within the People’s Postcode Lottery family – the Postcode Heroes Trust and Postcode Sports Trust.

Since being fascinated by wildlife from the age of four, Jonny has devoted his life to helping create a world where nature and people prosper together. Throughout his career he has pioneered new ideas in nature conservation, challenged received wisdom and focused on turning words into action.

He holds a B.A in Geography and Biology from Keele University, an MSc in Ecology completed at the University of Florence on an Erasmus scholarship and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. In April 2019, Jonny became an Ambassador for the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Jonny plays squash, tennis, five a side football and table football. Other interests include Italian Renaissance art, early 20th century American literature and urban design.
Jonny and his partner Emmi Hartikainen have three children, two twin boys and a daughter.

Jonny was appointed an Honorary Fellow in 2019.

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