Tony Hawkhead was appointed as a non-executive member of the board at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in July 2011. He is also chief executive at Action for Children. 
In 2003, Hawkhead was awarded a CBE for services to the environment, and in 2011 he was further honoured with a Knighthood for services to environmental regeneration. 
Previously Hawkhead worked as the chief executive at Groundwork, a charity with a '£140m annual turnover delivering 6000 projects a year, with national reach across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.' 
As well as this, he previously chaired the Department for Work and Pensions Third Sector Welfare to Work Taskforce, and was a member of the Local Government Association Climate Change Commission in 2007.