Dr. George Hughes, "finished a BSc (Hons) in Zoology in 1968 and pursued a higher degree in Zoology by studying sea turtles throughout the south-western Indian Ocean... George was CEO of the Natal Parks Board and then Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, and is the recipient of numerous awards including a lifetime achievement award from the International Sea Turtle Society. He has led many official South African delegations to conservation conferences with objectives as diverse as sustainable use, CITES and conservation economics issues. Having retired after 42 years in conservation work, he continues to be involved in sea-turtle conservation." 
- Chief Executive, KwaZulu Conservation Trust 
- Patron, Wildlands Conservation Trust 
- Former Advisor, Wilderness Conservancy
- Hon Vice-President, Boy Scouts of SA
- Member, Commission on National Parks & Protected Areas, IUCN
- Trustee, Green Trust, Johannesburg
- Trustee, Open Africa Initiative, Cape Town
- Founder member of the International Conservation Union ( IUCN) Sea-turtle Specialist Group.
- Consultant | Kwa Zulu Natal Wildlife]] 2001 - 2002
- Chief Executive Officer | KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife 1998 - 2001
- Chief Executive | Natal Parks Board Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal | 1988 - 1998
- Deputy Director | Natal Parks Board Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal | 1986 - 1988
- Assistant Director | Natal Parks Board Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal | 1980 - 1986
- Research Officer | Natal Parks Board Pietermaritzburg | 1974 - 1975
- Between the Tides: In Search of Sea Turtles by George Hughes (2012).
- Hughes, George. 2001. The Natal Parks Board Experience in South Africa. In The Politics and Economics of Park Management, ed. Terry L. Anderson and Alexander James. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Resources and articles
- jacana.bookslive In Between the Tides George Hughes Shows How the Plight of Sea Turtles Reflects That of the Planet, organizational web page, accessed January 10, 2013.
- Advisors, Wilderness Conservancy, accessed June 15, 2010.
- KwaZulu Conservation Trust Home, organizational web page, accessed January 10, 2013.
- Wildlands Conservation Trust Home, organizational web page, accessed January 10, 2013.