Our Zoo in the heart of Bristol, is run by around 170 staff and 300 wonderful volunteers that run the Activity Centre and our animal encounter and outreach sessions. Our team engages with local community groups, schools and supports conservation projects within the field.
Our shareholders elect 12 trustees to govern our society, the director and senior managers all report to the trustees.
Dr Bryan Carroll CEO of Bristol Zoological Society - Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project
Owain Cassidy - Marketing and Commercial Director
A CIM qualified, commercially driven senior marketing professional with over 16 years’ experience. Currently Marketing and Commercial Director for the Society. Owain has worked within several industries including the private sector (retail, IT, creative), charity, visitor attraction and local government. Also a Board member of Clifton BID and a Board member of Destination Bristol.
Carol Groves - Director of HR
Carol’s career in HR began as a recruitment consultant for a High Street agency before she qualified as a member of the CIPD whilst working as a HR generalist in a not for profit organisation. After running her own freelance HR business securing work with a wide variety of industries, she gained valuable experience through an HR contract with First Choice during their merger with Thomson, which brought about substantial business and cultural change.
Carol then had a three year period as a General Manager in the aviation security industry, managing multi-site contracts based throughout the UK, followed by fixed-term management contracts in the transportation and hospitality sectors.
Her experience in a variety of industry sectors, both as a HR specialist and general management positions, prior to her appointment as HR Director adds significant value to the partnership between HR and other business areas within the Society.
Tom Hedges MRICS BSc (Hons) PGDip Surv - Director of Estates
A multi award winning chartered surveyor with 12 years’ experience in land and landscape management including; estates management, facilities management, construction, project management and health and safety.
Tony Lawlor FFCA - Interim Director of Finance
Dr Christoph Schwitzer - Director of Conservation
Dr Christoph Schwitzer has been Director of Conservation at the Bristol Zoological Society since May 2014. Prior to this he was BZS’ Head of Research for seven years. Before coming to Bristol, Christoph worked as part of the primatological research group at Cologne Zoo, Germany, and spent two years in Madagascar building a field station and heading a lemur research and conservation programme for a French NGO. Christoph gained his PhD in Zoology from the University of Cologne in 2003 and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England since 2013. He is the Deputy Chair and Red List Authority Coordinator of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group. He was a Vice President of the International Primatological Society between 2012 and 2016 and is currently the Vice President of the Association Européenne pour l’Etude et la Conservation des Lémuriens, a consortium of European zoos dedicated to lemur conservation. Christoph’s recent research has focused on how different critically endangered primates are coping with habitat degradation and fragmentation with regard to their behaviour patterns, food intake, population density, and parasite burden.
Joe Allotey - Head of Maintenance
Michelle Barrows - Head of Veterinary Services Bristol Zoo
Paul Pritchard - Head of Marketing
Simon Garrett - Head of Learning
James Kitto - Head of Guest Services
Dr Gráinne McCabe - Head of Field Conservation and Science
Eddie Mole - Head of Horticulture
John Partridge - Senior Curator of Animals
Nigel Simpson - Head of Operations Wild Place Project
Chair of Trustees - Charlotte Moar MA (Cantab), FMCA
20 years’ experience as Finance Director/Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Trusts including in Bristol and Cardiff. Currently Director of Transformation and Efficiency at NHS England. Prior to this Charlotte worked in manufacturing, the arts and publishing. Non Executive Director of NHS Resolution. Non Executive Director Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trusts. Member of the Audit and Risk committees of the Medical Research Council, the Big Lottery Fund and Bath University.
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. She has previously worked in London and Paris in a variety of consulting and in-house roles in marketing and communications. She is a member of the Worshipful Company of Marketors and has a BA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of Leeds. She is also a shareholder in BZS, and has long-standing family connections with the Zoo.
Chris Booy OBE BSc. DEng (honoris causa) FRICS FFB
Chairman of The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust; former Trustee of the ss Great Britain; Chairman of Bristol Rugby; Merchant Venturer. Spent 40 years in the construction industry as a consultant, being Chairman of The Symonds Group then Capita P & I (Capita’s property business).
Malcolm Broad MBE
Former HSBC Senior Commercial Manager, with specialism in the Charity sector. National Leader of Governance for the Department of Education. Chair of Governors at St John’s CE Primary School, Keynsham and Trustee of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust. Governor at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Bristol. Treasurer of the Bristol Baptist College and Keynsham Baptist Church. Director of the Baptist Insurance Company plc and former Treasurer of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
BA Hons degree from Warwick University in English and American Literature. Qualified as a solicitor in 1977. Previously a partner with DAC Beachcroft, specialising in commercial real estate law. Keen birder, volunteering with the RSPB and carrying out surveys for the British Trust for Ornithology. He is a shareholder of the Society.
Chief Executive Officer – Above and Beyond charity which supports the Bristol City centre hospitals. Previously Chairman Bristol Community Health CIC , Managing Director Bristol United Press PLC. Paul has also been involved with a wide variety of regional charities and advisory boards, including the Princes Trust, Local Enterprise Partnership, ABLAZE and Business West.
Self-employed ‘Marketing Director’ specializing in ad hoc project work, most recently running the successful electoral campaign for Police and Crime Commissioner. Has spent 15 years in advertising agencies and Marketing Departments with particular specialism in Educational Marketing. Also runs small property rental portfolio and sits on the Regional Development Committee for The Prince’s Trust.
Mathew Laws BA (Hons)
Senior Investment Manager JM Finn & Co stockbrokers. Chairman of the Alderman Steevens charity. Committee member of the Bristol Benevolent Institution and the Colston Society and 2018 President of the Canynges Society.
Professor Steven Neill BSc PhD
Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences and Professor of Molecular Plant Science at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.
Professor Richard Pancost BSc (Case WReserve), PhD (PennState)
Professor of Biogeochemistry and Director of the University of Bristol Cabot Institute (representing University of Bristol)
Professor Joanna Price BSc, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS
Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Agricultural University. Qualified as a vet from University of Bristol, spent some time in veterinary practice, then had an academic career undertaking research in skeletal biology. Previously Head of the University of Bristol Veterinary School which has a strategic alliance with Bristol Zoo.
Society Ambassador, former Chair of Trustees, shareholder since birth.
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