Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. A prominent organisation globally, with programmes from Boston to Beijing, EDF has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, innovative partnerships and market-based solutions to environmental challenges. EDF is highly ambitious, diverse, vibrant, and focused on outcomes. Global income was in excess of $134 million in 2014. As part of its 2015-20 strategy, EDF is building a strong presence in Europe, and retained Prospectus to lead the search for the organisation’s first Executive Director Europe.
The Executive Director Europe is responsible for developing and articulating EDF’s Europe-wide strategy, elevating the presence with policy makers and business leaders and driving income growth, whilst advancing agendas for oceans and climate and energy in particular.
Following a Europe-wide search covering the environment, government and responsible business sectors, EDF interviewed a shortlist of candidates during the summer and autumn of 2015. The successful candidate was Baroness Bryony Worthington, one of the UK’s most known and respected environmental campaigners. She is a life peer and at the time of appointment was Shadow Minister, Department for Energy and Climate Change, in the House of Lords. Baroness Worthington is the founder of Sandbags, Vice President of Globe International, an Ambassador for Blue Foundation, and a Trustee of UNICEF UK. She joined EDF in January 2016.