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Darwin Expert Committee


The Darwin Expert Committee is one of the Biodiversity Challenge Funds Advisory Groups, and further information for these groups can be found on the Resources for Advisory Groups Members page.

The Darwin Expert Committee consists of a range of experts from our stakeholders advising Defra on the development of the initiative, reviewing applications and making technical recommendations.



  • EJ Milner-Gulland | University of Oxford


  • Anastasiya Timoshyna | TRAFFIC
  • Amy Dickman | University of Oxford
  • Chris Lyal | Independent
  • Chris McOwen | UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
  • Chris West | Independent
  • Debbie Pain | Independent
  • Dilys Roe | International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • James Gordon | WWF
  • Jo Elliot | Fauna & Flora
  • Katharine Abernethy | University of Stirling
  • Matthew Gollock | Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
  • Mark Infield | Independent
  • Mike Harrison | Independent
  • Nigel Asquith | Natura Bolivia Foundation
  • Patricia Davis | C3
  • Patricia Mupeta Muyamwa | The Nature Conservancy
  • Serah Munguti | Fauna & Flora
  • Susan Snyman | African Leadership University

Ex-officio members

  • Ed McManus | Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)
  • Professor Monique Simmonds | Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


2024 Darwin Expert Committee Recruitment Pack