Guy Duke - Joint CommitteeGuy Duke

Role on Committee: Independent Member, Deputy Chair

Date appointed: 01/12/2009 reappointed 1/12/2012



Mr Duke has over 30 years of experience in UK, EU and worldwide conservation and sustainable natural resources management, in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He consults on natural capital and ecosystem services markets, policy, research and knowledge exchange, for example leading research underpinning the recommendations of the UK Ecosystem Markets Task Force, leading research for Defra on offsetting markets, and leading the EU Business & Biodiversity Platform’s Innovation Workstream. He is Director Europe & Research for The Environment Bank Ltd, a company at the forefront of emerging ecosystem markets. He is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and a steering committee member of the large EU research project OpenNESS. From 2002 to 2007 he served as Principal Administrator, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission (EC), with responsibility for biodiversity and ecosystem services policy, including multi-sector mainstreaming. He was lead author of the 2006 white paper that introduced the ecosystem services paradigm to EU policy. He played a key role in launching, for the EC and UN, the major study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). From 1998 to 2002 he was Technical Director, ERM UK Ltd, creating a business area in natural resources and biodiversity with clients including The World Bank, EC and UK Department for International Development. Mr Duke’s early career was spent in the western Himalaya, where he conceived and directed for many years an innovative conservation and development project among the tribes of the remote Palas Valley, in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.


Relevant past and present appointments

  • (2011-ongoing) Senior Visiting Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University.
  • (2010-ongoing) Director Europe & Research, The Environment Bank Ltd.
  • (2008-ongoing) Consultant, ecosystem services markets, policy research and knowledge exchange.
  • (2002-07) Principal Administrator, Biodiversity Policy, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission.
  • (1998-2002) Technical Director, Natural Resources & Biodiversity, International Development Services, ERM UK Ltd.
  • (1991-97) Coordinator and Chief Technical Adviser, Palas Conservation and Development Project (BirdLife International/WWF/EC/DFID).
  • (1985-91) Environmental Consultant and Expedition leader.