A graduate in environmental science with and post grad in environmental assessment, Chris began his career in the planning department of a local authority in Cheshire, England, where he still lives. He moved to the voluntary sector as Conservation Manager of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust and became Director, Chief Executive and Managing Director of the charity’s ecological consultancy. In 2007 he set up his own consultancy business, Chris Mahon Environment (CME), and later Cheshire Landscape Enterprises Ltd. (CLE), delivering a wide range of environmental projects.
Chris was elected Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s UK National Committee (IUCN NCUK) in 2008 and held this post until April 2012 when he was subsequently confirmed as its Chief Executive. He is a also a Member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and is Chair of the NCUK’s Protected Areas Working Group.
He has attended international conferences including the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg and its Prep-Coms in New York and Bali (where he helped judge the Equator Initiative award), Convention on Biological Diversity COP7 in Kuala Lumpur, IUCN’s World Conservation Congress in Barcelona 2008 and chaired a session at the EU Presidency and European Commission Conference on Wilderness and Large Natural Areas in Europe in Prague in 2009.
At the local level Chris spent over a decade as Chair of the Sustainable Cheshire Forum and its Climate Change Action Group, and helped start the first meetings of the Cheshire and Warrington Low Carbon Community Network.