The Hon. Dr John Cortes MP is Minister for the Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change, Heritage and Culture, HM Government of Gibraltar. Formerly he was the Director of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens (1991-2011) and General Secretary, Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (1976-2011). His other appointments have included Justice of the Peace and President, Gibraltar Magistrates’ Association (2008-2011).
John has a BSc. (Hons) Botany and Zoology from Royal Holloway College, University of London, 1979, and a D.Phil from Magdalen College and Animal Ecology Research Group, Oxford, 1983. In 2003 he was awarded an MBE for services to ecology and conservation.