Boyd joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 1982 and served in the Department of Agriculture.  In 1985, he was seconded to the Diplomatic Service as Agricultural Attaché at the British Embassy in Bonn, then capital of the Federal Republic of Germany.  On leaving Bonn, Boyd transferred to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and spent the next forty years on the move, serving in Seoul, Ankara, Ottawa, Düsseldorf and Kuala Lumpur, before taking up the appointment as Governor of the British Virgin Islands (2010-14).  His London postings included Director of Estates and Director of Roll-out for a major new accounting and procurement system for the FCO.

Boyd has had a life-long interest in flora and fauna.  As High Commissioner in Malaysia (2006-10), he worked closely with a number of organisations involved in researching and protecting the country’s environment, including the Royal Society’s South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme, which had a wonderful research centre in Danum Valley, Sabah.

As Governor of the British Virgin Islands, Boyd was again heavily engaged in conservation issues, such as the head-start programme for the Anegada rock iguana and the eradication of non-invasive species to protect the magnificent frigate-bird colony on Great Tobago.  He collaborated closely with the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands and local NGOs, with UKOTCF and with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Kew Gardens.

On retiring from the Diplomatic Service in 2014, Boyd moved to a small village in Hampshire, where he aims to explore the local environment, while retaining an interest in wider conservation matters.