Meet the Team

Chief Executive Officer
Kirsten Pullen

Kirsten started as the new Chief Executive Officer of BIAZA in March 2013. Previous to this she worked for the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, based in Paignton, as the zoo research officer including a secondment to Living Coasts. Kirsten has also worked at Bristol Zoo and Welsh Mountain Zoo, and before joining BIAZA was a member of the BIAZA Council and the Living Collections Committee among other roles. Kirsten is a biologist by training and also has a Masters in Ecology and a PHD in gorilla behaviour. She is passionate about the role zoos and aquariums can play in wildlife conservation and hopes to move BIAZA’s profile further forward and ensure that our members do become the zoos and aquariums of the future. 
Contact email: [email protected]

Communications and Membership Manager

Zoe Williamson

Zoe joined the BIAZA team in October 2015. She has spent more than fifteen years working in communications, media and PR; a career path which she followed having graduated in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh.  Her first steps towards turning her passion for promoting wildlife conservation into her career began at the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol.  From there the subject matter for her various communications roles to date has changed dramatically, from space research to global yacht races.  More recently she was the Senior Communications Officer at The Pirbright Institute which reignited her desire to work in a communications role that brings together her educational background with her communications experience.
Contact email: [email protected] 
Contact tel: 0207 449 6599 


Programmes and Policy Coordinator
Nicky Needham

Nicky took on this role in December 2013. With 10 years zoo keeping experience gained at Paignton Zoo, Taronga Zoo in Sydney and ZSL London Zoo, Nicky contributes a wealth of practical knowledge of natural history and zoo biology and an in-depth understanding of the zoo industry.  With MSc degrees in Marine Science and in Zoo Conservation Biology, she is particularly keen to support the increasingly important role of aquariums in modern conservation and sustainability.  She works closely with the committees and the working groups, keeping members informed of changes in relevant policy and supporting them in all their conservation, research and education-based activities.
Contact email: [email protected]
Contact tel: 0207 449 6367

Programmes Officer
Tine Stausholm Christiansen

Tine joined BIAZA in August 2015 and is currently working with us two days a week. She is a biologist by training and has a MSc degree in biogeography. With a special interest in good science communication and public engagement, she started her zoo career as an education officer in Givskud Zoo in her native Denmark. Over the years she has travelled extensively, volunteered and done fieldwork from Mexico to Zambia and Borneo. In 2012 she relocated to the UK and took up a position as public engagement officer at Marwell Wildlife.
Contact email: [email protected]
Contact tel: 0207 449 6350 

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