Stephanie Hilborne OBE

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Chief executive
The Wildlife Trusts

Stephanie Hilborne OBE has worked in nature conservation for over 20 years and is passionate about leaving the planet in a better state for future generations.  The Wildlife Trusts is a movement of more than 830,000 members, 43,000 volunteers with an exceptional reach into communities across the UK.  She has established the shared mission of The Wildlife Trusts to secure Living Landscapes and Living Seas, and has led work to increase the value placed on the natural world.

Under Stephanie’s leadership the movement campaigned successfully for the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and has championed the need for nature's recovery. On land, this means restoration of whole landscapes and The Wildlife Trusts’ vision led to the Lawton Review 2010 and publication of the landmark report Making Space for Nature. Stephanie went on to call for a White Paper on the Natural Environment, which was published in 2011. The White Paper established the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to be “the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than it found it”.

Stephanie served on the government’s Forestry Panel and Defra’s Smarter Environmental Regulation Review. She is vice chair of the UK Green Building Council.  She previously led Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Wildlife and Countryside Link. She has a degree and honorary doctorate from Bristol University, an MSc in conservation from UCL, and was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to nature conservation.