Peter Churchill is an environmental scientist.
He started work in 1979 as an academic at Cranfield University UK, researching forest applications of remote sensing.
He then became a consultant for a UK based company undertaking natural resources surveys in Africa, South East Asia and Europe.
In 1988 he joined the European Commission's Joint Research Centre as a scientist, becoming a Head of a series of earth observation, environmental science and administrative Units from 1996.
In 2010 he joined the JRC's headquarters staff, where he is currently the Adviser on Scientific Development to the Director General.