Hilary’s role is to manage and lead the Centre's authoritative work in producing assessments and analyses on the current and future state of biodiversity and ecosystems. This information is created and then packaged to support policymakers in their planning and decision-making, and in such a way as to promote environmentally sound decision-making to become a mainstream activity.
Hilary’s background has been in UK environmental policy and communications. She was Director of Policy at the Woodland Trust for 17 years and has participated in several government-led processes on forest and tree health policy as well as leading advocacy work to enhance policy on woodland conservation. She is a former chair of Wildlife and Countryside Link, and also worked briefly for the National Trust and the Nature Conservancy Council. While woods and forests have played a large part in her professional life she also has a PhD from Cambridge in coastal salt marsh evolution.
The Programme runs a number of important partnerships on biodiversity and ecosystem assessments including the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership and Sub-Global Assessment network.
The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets are also a key driver for the Programme’s activity, especially Target 17 which requires countries to have developed, adopted and commenced delivery of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) by 2015. The Programme provides guidance and capacity building to many countries across the world on NBSAPs.
The Programme is also involved in areas of activity around providing information to support the growing world-wide interest in ecosystem accounting and this looks to be an important development area in future along with work on identifying the impacts of trends in agricultural production on biodiversity.