International wildlife conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dominic Jermey (CVO OBE) to the role of Director General. He replaces outgoing DG Ralph Armond, who has been with the organisation for over 13 years. As Director General, Jermey will be responsible for ZSL’s goal of achieving the global conservation of animals and their habitats. This remit will include overseeing two world-class Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, as well as ZSL’s Institute of Zoology and field programmes in over 50 countries worldwide.
The well-respected diplomat brings widespread expertise across industry and politics to ZSL, having been at the forefront of political and public life for the last 25 years, most recently as British Ambassador to Afghanistan. He will formally take up the new post with ZSL in late November.
Commenting on his new role, Dominic Jermey, said: "I am delighted to be taking on the leadership of ZSL, a vibrant British institution with global impact on wildlife conservation. With its unique combination of world-class zoos, education and conservation breeding programmes, ground-breaking science and field projects in over 50 countries, ZSL makes a massive positive difference to wildlife, to the sustainability of habitats and to the public's understanding of our interdependence with the animal kingdom.
“I have always been driven by a desire to help shape a better world for my children. I have already had the opportunity to serve and contribute in some of the most challenging environments around the world. I am proud now to be joining ZSL, an organisation that has advanced zoology, promoted understanding of conservation and engaged the public on wildlife for nearly two centuries.
“I want to develop ZSL's reach and impact at this critical moment for global biodiversity, so that as we approach ZSL's bicentenary, we are a core part of the answer to the global challenges facing wildlife today.
“Working with the outstanding team at ZSL, with the Society’s tremendously dedicated partners and supporters, and forging innovative new partnerships to address these pressing challenges, I am confident we will achieve enormous success together in ZSL's mission of promoting the global conservation of animals.”
Jermey’s appointment as Director General comes in the run-up to the 200th anniversary of ZSL’s foundation in 1826 and his immediate priorities will include:
- Developing international partnerships and wider support with other zoos, relevant academic institutions, conservation NGOs, in-country governments, business and investors
- Showcasing ZSL’s expertise and increasing the Society’s impact through new, innovative partnerships and collaborations with business, governments and civil society organisations
- Overseeing £7.8m plans to restore ZSL London Zoo’s iconic, Grade II* listed Snowdon Aviary
Confirming the appointment, ZSL’s President Professor Sir John Beddington, said: “On behalf of ZSL’s Trustees, I am delighted to announce the selection of Dominic Jermey as our new Director General. He has extensive experience of working with FTSE CEOs on international business strategies as well as operating globally at a senior level. We believe that Dominic will bring strategic vision to ZSL, which we need to take us forward in achieving our aims.”