Dave Pritchard is an independent consultant in both the environment and culture sectors, and is a persistent champion of stronger links between the worlds of environmental policy, cultural heritage and the creative arts. He has worked for 35 years in national and international policy and law with bodies including UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme, the Foundation for International Environmental Law & Development, the Ramsar Convention, Biodiversity Convention, Bern Convention, Migratory Species Convention and BirdLife International, and has been a non-executive Director of both Wetlands International and the UK Government’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee, in which he has chaired Programme & Science and Audit & Risk Management Committees respectively.
As one of the longest-serving members of the Ramsar Convention’s Scientific & Technical Review Panel, for several years he chaired its working group on assessment, monitoring and reporting, and has originated much of the Convention’s technical guidance on these subjects, as well as editing the Convention’s 4th edition guidance Handbooks. Dave has authored or edited several books. In 2008 he was awarded the Wetland Conservation Award and Evian special prize, and in 2011 was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
Dave also coordinates the Ramsar Convention’s Culture Network, serves on the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and its Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values, is a member of the international Ecoart Network and formerly a jury member of the Ecofilms Festival. In the UK he chairs the Arts & Environment Network, is a member of the UNESCO UK National Commission’s Expert Network, the Landscape & Arts Network and World Heritage UK, is a Trustee of Queens Hall Arts and a research collaborator with several universities. He has also been an independent review member of the Northumberland National Park Authority, a Trustee of the Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World, Vice-Chair of Bedford Creative Arts, an Arts Council England Assessor and an arts adviser to the Forestry Commission.