Mr Doug Hulyer – Chair
Doug Hulyer CBiol FSB FRSA
Doug is Chair of the Jurassic Coast Trust and World Heritage Site and Chairs the SW Regional Advisory Board for the National Trust. He is also a Trustee of the Earth Trust and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and Royal Society of Biology.
Doug has been bringing people and the natural environment/heritage together for the benefit of both for over forty years. Beginning his career creating and developing one of the first educational nature reserves for the Wildlife Trusts in Surrey (Nower Wood) in the mid 1970s, in 1984 he moved to work with the renowned naturalist and conservationist, Sir Peter Scott, at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. Over the next 21 years at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, he explored new ways of engaging people with wildlife including leading the creation of the London Wetland Centre (2000), the citizen science programme Pondwatch and the international centres programme – Wetland Link International. He served on the board of Wetlands International and continues as Member of the Commission on Education and Communication for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Following periods on the executive board of the Council for Environmental Education, he was one of the founders of the Real World Learning campaign that led to the creation of the Learning outside the Classroom initiative and advised on the Wild Child initiative. He chaired the Public Engagement Group for DEFRA (biodiversity) from 2003 until 2013 and was a founder member of the National Trust’s Learning and Visitor Experience Panel (2006-2015) and continues as a specialist advisor into 2016.
In 2002, he was appointed to the Council of English Nature, and in 2006 became a Board member of its successor, Natural England, until 2014. Here he held the portfolio for public engagement, learning, recreation, access and biodiversity.
He was a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund (2006-2013); he was the Trustee link for the SW England Regional Committee with a national portfolio for natural heritage, learning and participation, and also chaired the Audit Committee.
He runs a small advisory service and consultancy to not-for-profit organisations in the environment and heritage sectors out of his eco-house in Gloucestershire.