Our Zoo, in the heart of Bristol, is run by around 250 staff together with approximately 300 volunteers who run the Activity Centre and organise 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 the Society and the Chief Executive reports to the trustees. You can find a list of our trustees here.
Dr Justin Morris, Chief Executive of Bristol Zoological Society - Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project
Justin joined the Society in August 2018, with more than 20 years’ experience working in two of the UK’s most popular museums, and a lifelong passion for the natural world.
Justin was Director of Public Engagement at the Natural History Museum where he led on all public engagement and commercial activities setting the long-term strategy for these areas, including the physical and digital public programme and on-site visitor experience, as well as overseeing commercial strategy on-site, across the UK and internationally. In particular, he oversaw and led the project to transform the Central Hall of the Museum including the installation of the blue whale exhibit, which opened to critical acclaim.
Prior to this, he was Director of Operations and Projects and Director of Strategic Planning at the British Museum and also spent two years working in the private sector at the John Lewis Partnership. He began his career as a Curator at the British Museum undertaking archaeological fieldwork throughout the South Asian sub-continent.
Dr Christoph Schwitzer - Chief Zoological Officer & Deputy Chief Executive
Dr Christoph Schwitzer has been Chief Zoological Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of the Bristol Zoological Society (BZS) since August 2018, with Executive Board responsibility for BZS’s two animal collections at Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project, as well as its veterinary services, its Institute of Conservation Science and Learning (including the Learning, and Field Conservation and Science departments), its public programming, and for Wild Place Project’s general daily operations. Prior to this he was BZS’s Director of Conservation for four years (2014–2018) and Head of Research for eight years (2006–2014).
Gary Box – Interim Director of Facilities Management
Gary joined the Society in December 2019, with more than 25 years’ experience in Facilities, Operational and HSE Management, working in all sectors of FM ranging from hospitality, NHS/healthcare, oil and gas sectors.
Gary also comes with previous Charity experience as a Board member at Bath YMCA and was Regional Chairman of National YMCA covering all of the South West region of UK.
Gary worked in Gabon Africa for Royal Dutch Shell where Shell committed to the Gabonese Government many animal and conservation projects, this was also supported by Smithsonian Institution for large scale conservation projects. Gary was a key member in his role there and has a passion for animal wellbeing and conservation.
As Interim Director of Facilities Management, Gary is responsible for maintenance, security, HSE, horticulture (lands and estates) ISO 14001 and sustainability.
Charlotte Brown - Commercial Director
Charlotte joined the Society as Commercial Director in March 2019 from Bacardi, where she was responsible for the strategic development and daily operations of the award winning UK visitor attractions, including the Bombay Sapphire Distillery.
Prior to that, Charlotte has been responsible for commercially managing and operating a number of key attractions across the UK having previously been a General Manager at The Lakes Aquarium in the Lake District, and Marketing & PR Manager at the Oceanarium in Bournemouth.
As Commercial Director, Charlotte is responsible for Marketing, Press, Digital, Fundraising and Development as well as Guest Services and commercial operations within the Society.
Angela Mather - Director of Finance and Corporate Services
Angela is a chartered accountant and has over 25 years’ experience of working in finance. She joined the Society in June 2018 and has responsibility for all aspects of finance, HR, payroll, legal matters and insurance.
Her previous roles have included Finance Director of an international retail, distribution and manufacturing group, and 13 years working within the audit department of Deloitte where she led the audit of various clients including FTSE listed groups.
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