John has a coordination role for the Centre’s activities relating to National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, in support of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets. This work largely focuses on capacity building at the regional and national level, and increasingly on mainstreaming of biodiversity by facilitating cross-sectoral working.
Before joining WCMC John worked at Defra managing a portfolio of research programmes in support of Animal Health and Welfare policy. This involved prioritization and maintenance of national research capabilities and coordination of research at the European and global levels. Previously he worked at the British Trust for Ornithology where he managed research and resources, and was instrumental in developing the Trust’s Strategy. John has spent three years working for the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation on field-based conservation projects and has an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation for which he studied introduced predator impact on an endemic New Zealand frog.
John coordinates activities in support of the NBSAP Forum, including establishment of a ‘help desk’ facility, development of thematic sections of the NBSAP Forum portal and technical guidance, and work on mainstreaming biodiversity and development in NBSAPs.
John is responsible for delivery of activities to support NBSAP revision and implementation through the NBSAP Forum with a particular focus on the development of ready-to-use spatial data and guidance on spatial planning, and supporting workshops and webinars for capacity building.