Zoological Society of London appoints new Finance Director
12th January 2015
Amanda Smith has been appointed as new Finance Director for international conservation charity, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
Ms Smith joins the Society from Deloitte and is responsible for ZSL’s finance, procurement and IT teams. Reporting to the Director General of ZSL, she will lead the teams to help deliver ZSL’s worldwide conservation projects, including the charity’s current flagship campaign, Lions400, which aims to save critically endangered Asiatic lions.
Bringing more than 26 years’ experience to the role, Amanda Smith is replacing former Finance Director, Mike Russell, who retired in December after eight years at ZSL.
Smith's most recent role was as a senior director in the Private Markets restructuring team within Deloitte Corporate Finance, leading restructuring assignments and acquisition due diligence. She also acted as a trustee and honorary treasurer for mental health charity, Bromley MenCap.
Ralph Armond, Director General of ZSL, said: “We are delighted that Amanda Smith has joined the Zoological Society of London as our new Finance Director. Her wealth of experience at a world-renowned institution such as Deloitte will undoubtedly prove invaluable to developing ZSL’s work, and therefore help us to further conserve endangered species and their habitats around the world.”
New Director, Amanda Smith, commented: “I am thrilled about my new role at the Zoological Society of London. I really wanted to use my finance skills and experience to help further a cause that I am passionate about.
“ZSL is a fantastic organisation which does great things to protect our world's precious animals and their habitats. With two Zoos, the Institute of Zoology and conservation projects in more than 50 countries, it is brimming with opportunities which I’m keen to explore.”
ZSL was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1826, and has conservation projects in more than 50 countries worldwide. It also runs both ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos which welcome more than 1.5 million visitors every year and carries out world-leading scientific research in the Institute of Zoology.