Our Trustees

Our shareholders elect 12 trustees to govern our society, the director and senior managers all report to the trustees. 

Trustees of the Society

Chair of Trustees - Charlotte Moar MA (Cantab), FMCA 

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, a Council Member of the University of Bath and an independent member of the Audit & Risk Committees of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Community Lottery Fund.  Since March 2019, Charlotte has been a Trustee of Comic Relief. 

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 member 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.

Chris Booy OBE BSc. DEng (honoris causa) FRICS FFB 

Chris is Chairman of The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust; a former Trustee of the SS Great Britain; Chairman of Bristol Rugby and a Merchant Venturer.  He 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 

Malcolm was formerly a Senior Commercial Manager at HSBC, with specialism in the Charity sector. He is a National Leader of Governance for the Department of Education; a Vice Chair and Trustee of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust; a Governor at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Bristol; a Treasurer of the Bristol Baptist College and Keynsham Baptist Church; a Director of the Baptist Insurance Company plc and a former Treasurer of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. Malcolm also provides trustee training for a wide range of charities.

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.

Paul Kearney

Paul is Chief Executive Officer at Above and Beyond, a charity which supports the Bristol City centre hospitals. He was previously Chairman of Bristol Community Health CIC and Managing Director of 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.

Claire Ladkin

Claire is currently in the process of founding a tech start-up in the food sector and is Chair of Bristol Food Connections CIC, a City-wide initiative which partners widely to connect people and communities through food and shine a light on the innovative food culture in Bristol. She also sits on the LEP Advisory Sector Group for Food and Rural Economy. 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.

Professor Steven Neill BSc PhD

Steve is 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)

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.

Professor Joanna Price BSc, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS  

Jo is Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Agricultural University.  She qualified as a vet from University of Bristol and spent some time in veterinary practice.  She then had an academic career undertaking research in skeletal biology.  Jo was previously Head of the University of Bristol Veterinary School which has a strategic alliance with Bristol Zoo. 

Ambassador for the Society

Richard Clarke

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

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