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.
Hilary was part of the UNEP-WCMC team which co-ordinated the publication of four state of biodiversity reports, regional versions of Global Biodiversity Outlook – 4, which were launched at the UN Environment Assembly in May 2016. The reports covered Africa, West Asia Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific.
Hilary is currently acting as Chapter Co-ordinator to the Biodiversity thematic and policy effectiveness chapters which will contribute to UN Environment’s flagship global integrated environmental assessment to be published in early 2019.