Our Trustees

Trustees of the Society

Chair of Trustees - Charlotte Moar

Charlotte has been Chair of Trustees since May 2017. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has held Director of Finance roles in the NHS for almost twenty years, including national leadership roles around Continuing Health Care and as the national lead for capital planning. Prior to this, Charlotte studied music at the University of Cambridge. She trained as an accountant in manufacturing, publishing and the theatre. Charlotte is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of NHS Resolution and the Student Loans Company, a Council Member of the University of Bath and an independent member of the Audit & Risk Committees of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the National Community Lottery Fund. Charlotte is also a Trustee and Treasurer of Comic Relief.

Vice Chair of Trustees - Chris Booy OBE

Chris is also Chairman of the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, Chairman of Bristol Bears Rugby Club, Chairman of the English Professional Game Board which controls English Rugby and is a Merchant Venturer. He has been a former Trustee of the SS Great Britain and a Governor of the University of the West of England. He spent 40 years in senior positions in the construction industry operating as a consultant, including Chairman of The Symonds Group and Capita’s Property Business.

Victoria Ash

Victoria has a broad business and entrepreneurial background with particular experience in marketing, business development and coaching.  She currently runs her own business, the RCR Partnership, which helps the owners and directors of small and mid-sized businesses to grow sustainable revenue and profitability.  Victoria has previously worked in London and Paris in a variety of consulting and in-house roles in marketing and communications.  She is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors and has a BA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of Leeds.  Victoria is also a shareholder of the Society and has long-standing family connections with the Zoo.

Professor Olena Doran

Olena is the Associate Dean in Research, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences for the University of the West of England, Bristol.  She has extensive expertise and international reputation in research on genetics and molecular mechanisms of pathological conditions and food quality traits. Olena has over 130 publications and 2 patents.  She has also been leading international initiatives and networks including BBSRC UK/China Partnership on Novel Technologies and the European Association for Animal Production Working Group.  Olena has been a member of the UK Research Council Panels and Advisory Boards, a Scientific Advisor to the Research Councils and funding bodies in New Zealand, Belgium Canada, Slovenia and other countries. She has established and developed collaborations and partnerships with over 100 universities, Research Institutes and Industrial companies in the UK, across Europe, China, Malaysia and USA.

David Esam

David holds a BA Hons degree from Warwick University in English and American Literature. He qualified as a solicitor in 1977 and was previously a partner with DAC Beachcroft, specialising in commercial real estate law. David is a keen birder, volunteering with the RSPB and carrying out surveys for the British Trust for Ornithology. He is a shareholder of the Society.

Sarah Fuller

Sarah is a senior consumer marketing leader with extensive experience of leading commercially accountable marketing & digital teams.  She has worked across a number of sectors (consumer products, retail, telecoms/media, travel and leisure) across all aspects of marketing and enjoys helping organisations drive organic growth by deeply understanding their customers and creating simple strategies, effective marketing plans and distinctive brand & product propositions.  Sarah has recently worked for the BBC, Aviva and Business Growth Fund in interim and consultancy roles and before that in private equity-backed transformations for Wyevale Garden Centres and graze.com.  She has deep understanding of data-led and loyalty marketing, leading customer loyalty programmes for Waitrose, Airmiles and Dixons Carphone plc.  Sarah graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge with a degree in Zoology and is delighted to be applying her experience to supporting Bristol Zoological Society's exciting vision.

Peaches Golding OBE

As Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE is The Queen’s personal representative for the County and City of Bristol.  Her main duty is to support The Queen and Royal Family in all that they do and connect the Palaces to the City.  Peaches is the independent chair of the Bristol Water Customer Challenge Panel, non-executive consultant of Moon Executive Search and a Trustee of the ss Great Britain.   She was graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA with a Biology degree.

Claire Ladkin

Claire is Founder and CEO of Bristol start-up, All About The Cooks, an online platform which makes it easy to buy home-cooked food safely from local people. She is also Chair of Bristol Food Connections CIC, a City-wide initiative which partners widely to support and promote the food sector in Bristol. Prior to this, Claire has spent some 15 years in advertising and marketing, from both agency and client sides, and has had a varied business portfolio.

Mike Lea

Mike has been a Trustee of the Society since July 2019 and takes a particular interest in the financial affairs of the charity. He has been a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor for 34 years; he worked for Smith & Williamson in Bristol for 22 years, 10 of which were spent as managing partner and 2 as senior partner. He then became managing partner of PKF Francis Clark’s new Bristol office before retiring in November 2020. Mike is heavily involved and well known in the charitable sector in the city and is a trustee of 9 other charities.

Andrew Martyn-Johns

Andrew is a Bristol University graduate and a chartered accountant. He spent some 30 years with Deloitte, 20 as an audit partner. For the last seven years of his time with Deloitte, he headed up the firm’s audit service to the social housing and higher education sectors and was also responsible for the audit of several large national charities. Since leaving Deloitte, he has been non-executive director for two housing associations, a trustee of the ICAEW pension fund and has served as a co-opted member of the audit and risk committee of the University of the West of England. He currently serves as independent chair of Community Housing Cymru, the umbrella body representing housing associations in Wales, and is a co-opted member of the audit and risk committee of Shelter UK.

Professor Richard Pancost

Rich received his PhD in Geosciences from Penn State University in 1998 and after a post-doctoral appointment in the Netherlands, joined the University of Bristol in 2000 where he is now a Professor of Biogeochemistry. In 2013, he became Director of the Cabot Institute which engages interdisciplinary approaches to address the major environmental and sustainability challenges of the 21st century, with a particular focus on risk and resiliency in an uncertain world. In that role, he coordinated links not only within the University but with local, national and global partners, contributing to Bristol’s Resilience Strategy and One City Plan and collaborating with Ujima Radio and the Bristol Green Capital Partnership to create the Green and Black Ambassadors. In 2018, he became Head of the School for Earth Sciences, which includes world-leading experts in such fields as climate change, volcanology and the evolution of life.

Prof Sheila Pankhurst

Sheila has a doctorate in Zoology from the University of Cambridge, for research work carried out largely at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park. Her background is in the life sciences and wildlife conservation; she has held academic posts as Deputy Dean at the University of Cumbria and Dean of School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford. She is a past member of the Research Group of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums); she is currently a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and the co-author of a book on zoo animal management (Hosey, G., Melfi, V. and Pankhurst, S. 2013 Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management and Welfare. Oxford: Oxford University Press).


If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please contact Kristina Haldane for more information on khaldane@bristolzoo.org.uk or 0117 428 5302.

Ambassador for the Society

Richard Clarke

Society Ambassador, former Chair of Trustees, shareholder since birth.

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