Twycross Zoo appoints former UK Cabinet Minister as the new Chair of Trustees

Posted: 6th February, 2018

Twycross Zoo is delighted to announce former UK Cabinet Minister and Barrister Rt Hon Geoff Hoon as its new Chair of Trustees.

Previously serving both as a Member of the UK Parliament and European Parliaments, and chairing national and international business committees, Geoff brings extensive experience to the Board.

Chief Executive, Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE, said: “Geoff’s extensive experience of government and business will be invaluable to Twycross Zoo. Our plan to continue to grow as a major national attraction and drive our reputation as an internationally respected hub of animal conservation, research and education is well underway, and Geoff is the ideal Chair to help us push this agenda forward.”

There are eight other members on the Board of Trustees, with a diverse collection of experience and expertise. Together they provide in depth knowledge in many different fields which helps manage the direction of the Leicestershire based Zoo and give insight in to all aspects of running a successful charity.

Twycross Zoo will be welcoming Geoff to guide the charity through its 20-year Masterplan development. The Zoo welcomes around 500,000 visitors a year; funds and conducts scientific research; and also has an active and award-winning education and outreach programme. The Masterplan, launched in 2015, aims to transform the existing site in rural Leicestershire, through a major £55 million capital investment programme, to become one of the region’s and the UK’s leading visitor attractions.

Geoff Hoon, said “I am delighted to be the new Chair of Trustees. As one of the UK’s leading Zoo’s, it exists to support conservation, education and research of some of the most endangered species on the planet. Over 80% of babies born at Twycross Zoo in 2017 were from species that form part of the European Endangered Species Programmes (EEPs) & European Studbooks (ESB) breeding programmes and it’s a privilege to be part of such a progressive charitable organisation.  There is so much to engage and attract visitors to the Leicestershire based Zoo, including the £3.5m Chimpanzee Eden launching this Spring, it is wonderful to be part of the team that will shape the future of Twycross Zoo.” 

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