John Cortes

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The Hon. Dr.
John Emmanuel Cortes
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John Cortes, Minister for Education, Heritage, the Environment and Climate Change
Government Minister
(Third most senior Minister)
Assumed office
Personal details
Born Gibraltar
Nationality British (Gibraltarian)
Political party Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party (GSLP)
Spouse(s) Valerie
Children Zoe and Mark
Alma mater University of Oxford
Occupation Zoologist
Website John Cortes at the Government of Gibraltar website

The Hon. Dr. John Emmanuel Cortes, MBE, is an ecologist, zoologist, Justice of the Peace and Gibraltarian MP, member of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party. He is married and has two children.[1]


Cortes founded the Gibraltar Union of Students.[1] In 1976, he became the first General Secretary of the Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS), and since 1991, Director of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, positions he held until taking government office in 2011.[2]

Between 1983 and 1991, he was also a civil servant, having reached the post of General Manager of the Gibraltar Health Authority.[2]

He was also a Magistrate for 17 years, and was elected President of the Gibraltar Magistrates' Association in 2009.[2]

In December 2011, with his election to the Gibraltar Parliament, Cortes resigned from all his other public duties,[3] and was appointed Minister of Health and Environment by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.[4]

Academic life[edit]

Cortes graduated in Ecology in London, and received his D.Phil. from Oxford University, in 1983.[2]


  1. ^ a b GSLP (ed.). "John Cortes". Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (ed.). "Profiles of UKOTCF Council Members and other Officers" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  3. ^ Pepe Martínez. Campo de Gibraltar, ed. "John Cortés nuevo candidato a las listas del GSLP de Picardo" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  4. ^ Gibraltar Chronicle, ed. (2011-12-13). "Picardo Announces New Govt. Ministerial Portfolios". Archived from the original on 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 

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