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.
Cortes founded the Gibraltar Union of Students. 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.
Between 1983 and 1991, he was also a civil servant, having reached the post of General Manager of the Gibraltar Health Authority.
He was also a Magistrate for 17 years, and was elected President of the Gibraltar Magistrates' Association in 2009.
In December 2011, with his election to the Gibraltar ...