Who we are

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. 

Our staff

Dr Bryan Carroll CEO of Bristol Zoological Society
Director of Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project
Chair, EAZA Conservation Committee
Inspector Secretary of State's List of Zoo Inspectors
Member, BIAZA Council
Chair BIAZA Membership and Licensing Committee
Member, EAZA Council
Chair EAZA Conservation Committee
Member, Species 360 Board
Member, IUCN/SSC Chiroptera Specialist Group
Member, IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group
Member, IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group
Member, WAZA Conservation Committee
Member, WAZA Membership Committee

Carol Groves

HR Business Manager


Tom Hedges

Director of Estates


Kathryn Price BA Hons (Dunelm) ACA

Director of Finance

Kathryn has most recently worked in various finance director roles in the housing sector and prior to that held senior finance and customer facing roles in blue-chip financial services companies. She is a qualified coach and mentor and a registered PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Member of Charity Finance Directors Group

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.

Wendy Walton

Director of Commercial Operations
Has spent 25 years in Venue and Attractions Management. Formerly Head of Marketing & Programming at the Brighton Centre; General Manager of Stanmer House, and Centre Manager for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Member of Destination Bristol’s Board of Directors; Member of the Bristol Guild of Guardians; Member of BALPPA Zoo Group.

Chair of BALPPA Zoo Group

Member of Destination Bristol’s Board of Directors

Member of the Bristol Guild of Guardians

Member of BALPPA Zoo Group.


Joe Allotey
Head of Maintenance


Michelle Barrows 
Head of Veterinary Services Bristol Zoo
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma Holder in Zoological Medicine,
Post Graduate Certificate in Conservation Medicine,
Clinical Teacher at University of Bristol Veterinary School,
Veterinary Advisor to Wattled Crane Recovery Program,

Veterinary Advisor to the EAZA Pigeon & Dove Taxon Advisory Group and the Pink Pigeon EEP

Member of BIAZA Veterinary Focus Group - Advisor to Bird Working Group

Previously Head of Veterinary Department at Johannesburg Zoo South Africa

Owain Cassidy
Head of Marketing and Development 

Simon Garrett
Head of Learning
Member, International Zoo Educators' Association
Member of the Bristol Natural History Consortium Communicate Committee
Member, Bristol Natural History Consortium, Education and Outreach

James Kitto

Head of Guest Services

Dr Gráinne McCabe
Head of Field Conservation and Science

Trustee, Ape Action Africa
Research Collaborator, University of Bristol School of Biological Sciences
Member, Society for Conservation Biology

Member, IUCN Species Specialist Group, African Primates

Member, American Society of Primatologists Conservation Committee
Member, International Society of Primatology
Review Editor, Frontiers in Veterinary Science: Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Eddie Mole
Head of Horticulture
Chair of the EAZA Zoo Horticulture Group 
Committee member, BIAZA Plant Working Group
Trustee, UK PlantNetwork
Member RHS
Member, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Guild

John Partridge
Senior Curator of Animals
Member, BIAZA Mammal Working Group
Studbook Keeper, Black Howler Monkey ESB
National Assessor, ANCMZA
Honorary Life Member, Association of British Wild Animal Keepers
Member, EAZA Felid TAG
Member, EAZA Hippopotamus & Tapir TAG
Member, EAZA Small Mammal TAG

Nigel Simpson
Head of Operations Wild Place Project
Co-chair EAZA Charadriiformes taxon advisory group
EAZA EEP coordinator Visayan tarictic hornbills
EAZA ESB coordinator Keas
EAZA ESB coordinator Mindanao bleeding heart doves
Member EAZA Hornbill taxon advisory group
Member EAZA Parrot taxon advisory group
Member EAZA Pigeon and Dove taxon advisory group

Trustees of the Society

Chairman of Trustees - Richard Clarke  
Provides landscape support services to the renewable energy market.  Former Chairman of the House Builder’s Federation.  His family has been involved with the Society since its founding, and holds a number of the original 1835 Zoo shares.

Chairman of The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust;  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 in 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 Primary School, Bristol. Co-Founder and Director of ABLAZE providing business support to Bristol’s schools. Treasurer of the Bristol Baptist College and Director of the Baptist Insurance Company plc and former Treasurer of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. 

Ben Cosh
Born and educated in Bristol.  He has 25 years’ professional experience. This includes 10 years as a Management Consultant advising FTSE 100 companies and at the highest level in Whitehall.  And 10 years growing Bristol based TGC from a start-up company run on the kitchen table, to a power company which has developed over £300m of electricity generation assets across Britain. 

Professor Innes Cuthill MA (Cantab.), D.Phil (Oxon)
Professor of Behavioural Ecology, University of Bristol (representing University of Bristol).

David Esam
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."

Paul Kearney
Has spent 30 years in the regional newspaper and media sector and was previously Managing Director of Bristol United Press PLC.  He is Chairman of Bristol Community Health CIC which provides adult community healthcare for greater Bristol, Head of Business Development for Made in Bristol, the new City region TV station for Greater Bristol, Trustee with ABLAZE, an education support charity and sits on the Local Enterprise Partnership Health and life Sciences Board. He also has consultancy interests in the PR and SME sectors.

Claire Ladkin
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.

Charlotte Moar MA (Cantab), FMCA
FDirector of Transformation and Efficiency, NHS England.  Has previously worked in Finance Director roles within the NHS both locally in Bristol and nationally. Prior to that Charlotte worked in manufacturing, the arts and publishing.  Charlotte is a Non Executive Director of Avon & Wiltshire Partnership Trust and a Member of the Medical Research Council Audit & Risk Committee. 

Professor Joanna Price BSc, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS 
Recently appointed 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. 

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.



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