David Cowdrey

David Cowdrey

Head of Policy and Campaigns, United Kingdom

David joined IFAW UK in 2016 and manages the Policy & Campaigns team, promoting and advocating IFAW’s international and domestic campaigns covering illegal wildlife trade, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), elephants, whales, companion animals and British wildlife, as well as leading the political lobbying within Parliament and with key Government departments.

Previously David had worked for WWF for over 11 years, partly as the Director of the illegal wildlife trade campaign, which changed the law in the UK and made Control of Trade in Endangered Species (COTES) offences arrestable for the first time and introduced the first ever sentencing guidance for Magistrates in the UK on Wildlife Crime. While working at WWF David also covered communications for international conferences including CITES, Climate Change and International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings as well as leading the Press & Media Relations team in the UK. 

David has worked for Guide Dogs for the Blind as Head of Policy & Campaigns leading successful campaigns to introduce talking buses in the UK, changing street designs and introducing artificial engine noise for quiet hybrid and electric vehicles in the EU. David has also worked as Head of Communications for the RSPCA, coving a range of UK animal welfare issues including companion animals, hunting with dogs and badgers. He also worked for the Environment Agency as a scientist in the hydrology team and then moved in to Communications and Campaigning with the Agency.