At ZSL, we're working towards a world where wildlife thrives. Shaping the future of global wildlife conservation and science, our expert teams are led by a team of dedicated directors, passionate about ensuring nature is at the heart of global decision making.

Matthew Gould, ZSL Director General

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Timon Drakesmith, Chief Financial Officer 

Timon Drakesmith

Timon is responsible for the financial management of ZSL as well as IT, procurement, legal, risk reporting and governance services. "My goal is to combine financial performance with mission impact by working with my talented colleagues and supportive external stakeholders"

Catherine Hart, Director of Development

ZSL Director of Development Catherine Hart

"The work of ZSL has never been more vital. I’m  working with the extraordinary team at ZSL and its supporters to make a greater impact on the world's wildlife."

Kathryn England, Director of Zoos

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Kathryn manages both London and Whipsnade Zoos - institutions known and loved by millions of people, across many generations, around the world.

Owen Craft, Director of Zoo Operations

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Owen Craft leads operations across both of our conservation zoos - London and Whipsnade.

“l’m working to create the longer term strategic vision, to ensure we are putting animal care, science and conservation at the heart of our future planning, whilst ensuring we are an attractive visitor proposition operating as sustainably as we can.”

Helen Downton, People Director

Helen Downton, People Director, ZSL

Helen is ZSL's People Director which means that she is the lead and Executive member for our People across ZSL - this includes volunteers and staff. 

"I'm passionate about supporting people to thrive in the workplace and love working with an organisation that is truly dedicated to its’ purpose to drive and support a world where wildlife thrives, ensuring that we have a world where we all thrive."

Dr. Andrew Terry, Director of Conservation and Policy

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Andrew leads our Conservation and Policy Directorate through the implementation of our new conservation plan across major ecosystem programmes throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. 

"Our core goal is ending the extinction crisis. My role is to harness our leading conservation science and enable its application to have impact on the ground. Our real strength is in developing innovation evidence-led approaches to the many threats faced by the world's wildlife"

Professor Johan du Toit, Director of Science

Johan Du Troit

Professor Johan du Toit oversees the delivery of science across the organisation. He is responsible for the management of the Institute of Zoology, the UK’s leading research institute in conservation science; and Science Resources, which delivers our public events and oversees our library. 

Find out more about our mission – ZSL 200

    Our year in review

    ZSL Annual Reports

    Each year, ZSL review everything we do, from our impact and our achievements to our progress in shaping policy. We also share a financial summary.

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    ZSL's Governing Body

    Council members

    Read more about our current council members, which includes three elected officers as well as twelve elected members.