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A change at the top!

Friday 17th November 2017


The Zoological Society of East Anglia is delighted to report the appointment of Professor David Field as Chief Executive Designate. Professor Field will take over from the founding Chief Executive Martin Goymour in the spring of 2018. The two will work together to achieve a smooth transition in the management of this prominent local charity and wildlife resource.

Martin Goymour comments: “As you may imagine this will be a momentous change for us both, but necessary to ensure that ZSEA and its parks have every opportunity to progress, evolve and grow.  We are extremely proud of the contributions and achievements made to wildlife conservation and education and being part of the great team of people that are at the heart of the parks.  It has been a tremendous journey, and one that we actively want ZSEA to continue with”.

Martin and Caroline Goymour will be standing down after 50 years since the opening of Banham Zoo.

Professor Field comes to ZSEA from the Zoological Society of London where he has worked for 15 years.  Latterly David has been the ZSL Zoological Director responsible for both London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo.  He holds an honorary professorship from the Royal Veterinary College, a Masters in Business Administration and a degree in Zoology.  He is a Council member of The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Professor Field will be relocating to East Anglia and is keenly looking forward to meeting with the teams at Banham Zoo and Africa Alive!  Highly respected in the international zoo community and a lifelong and dedicated lover of nature, animals and their environment, David firmly supports the ZSEA principals of conservation, education, research and species protection.

David comments: “At Kessingland and Banham, East Anglia is extremely fortunate to have two of the best presented and managed collections of animals in the country.  They are a wonderful resource for education and conservation and I look forward to a long and happy association.  It will be a very great challenge and privilege to follow the wonderful works of Martin Goymour and the teams at these two parks”.

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