The Deep appoints new Chief Executive

Posted: 2nd May, 2017

The Deep has now appointed a new Chief Executive to take over the reins from Colin Brown, following his retirement earlier this month. Katy Duke, formally The Deep’s Curator has been appointed as his successor with immediate effect.  

Beating off stiff competition from all over the UK, Katy’s commitment and passion for The Deep shone through in the interview process and the board felt that she was the best placed to take the attraction forward.  

A Marine Biology graduate, Katy’s career began at Deep Sea World in Scotland in 1995, before relocating to Hull in 2001. This is when her Deep journey began as a Senior Aquarist. She quickly progressed to Assistant Curator in 2004 and once again excelled in 2008, when she became Curator and manager of the Husbandry Department.  

In recent years, Katy has taken The Deep’s conservation and research agenda to a global audience, speaking about projects being carried out by our dedicated team of experts at conferences in Europe, the USA and further afield.

She has driven forward major conservation strategies such as the unique project to fund the first IUCN Marine Red List Officer which has now paved the way for other similar partnerships to develop around the globe.  

Katy is currently the European studbook keeper for Sawfish, working internationally with other aquariums to raise awareness for this critically endangered family of sharks. She is also a Director for the British and Irish Association for Zoos and Aquariums and is a member of the European Union of Aquarium Curators.  

Katy Duke, Chief Executive said: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking on the role of CEO for The Deep. Having worked closely with Colin Brown for many years I am keen to ensure the ongoing success of the charity and our conservation objectives. The dedicated team of staff at The Deep are key to its achievements and I am looking forward to leading this next exciting chapter.”

David Gemmell, Chairman of The Deep said: “I am delighted to have such a strong appointment to the position of Chief Executive. We had an extremely good list of candidates for the job and after a rigorous interview process and much deliberation, the board felt that Katy had all the qualifications required and then some. The fact that we had such a strong list demonstrates that The Deep has the pulling power to attract the best. That we were able to appoint from within shows the extent of talent we have within our own staff.  This is the second time recently we have been able to make an internal appointment, even when matched against an excellent pool of international candidates, for one of our top and influential jobs.  I know that Katy will do the job with all the verve, gusto,
enthusiasm and expertise of her predecessor and will continue to lead The Deep onward and upward to further development and success.”

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