« Jonathan Hughes is the CEO of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scotland’s leading environmental charity, and an elected global Councillor of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest conservation organisation. Since being fascinated by wildlife from the age of four, Jonathan 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.
In 2013, Jonathan co-founded the World Forum on Natural Capital, a global initiative led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust in partnership with United Nations Environment, IUCN, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Natural Capital Coalition. The UN has said of the World Forum that it has ‘been successful in creating an awareness of the critical role natural capital plays for the economy, including for business and finance’.
Jonathan also is a non-Executive Director of Corrour Estate, board member of the government agency Architecture and Design Scotland and scientific advisor to the European Outdoor Conservation Association.
In his spare time, Jonathan plays squash competitively, if averagely, and getting out in the wilds to pursue his interests in natural history and landscape. He is also passable amateur Italian Renaissance art historian.