ZSL appoints Dominic Jermey as new Director General

By Saxton Bampfylde

ZSL appoints Dominic Jermey as new Director General

International wildlife conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) has announced the appointment of Dominic Jermey (CVO OBE) as Director General. Dominic succeeds Ralph Armond, who has served the organisation for 13 years. 

Commenting on his new role, Dominic Jermey, said: "I am delighted to be taking on the leadership of ZSL, a vibrant British institution with global impact on wildlife conservation. With its unique combination of world-class zoos, education and conservation breeding programmes, ground-breaking science and field projects in over 50 countries, ZSL makes a massive positive difference  to wildlife, to the sustainability of habitats and to the public's understanding of our interdependence with the animal kingdom.

“I have always been driven by a desire to help shape a better world for my children. I have already had the opportunity to serve and contribute in some of the most challenging environments around the world.  I am proud now to be joining ZSL, an organisation that has advanced zoology, promoted understanding of conservation and engaged the public on wildlife for nearly two centuries. 

“I want to develop ZSL's reach and impact at this critical moment for global biodiversity, so that as we approach ZSL's bicentenary, we are a core part of the answer to the global challenges facing wildlife today. 

“Working with the outstanding team at ZSL, with the Society’s tremendously dedicated partners and supporters, and forging innovative new partnerships to address these pressing challenges, I am confident we will achieve enormous success together in ZSL's mission of promoting the global conservation of animals.” 

Confirming the appointment, ZSL’s President Professor Sir John Beddington, said: “On behalf of ZSL’s Trustees, I am delighted to announce the selection of Dominic Jermey as our new Director General.  He has extensive experience of working with FTSE CEOs on international business strategies as well as operating globally at a senior level. We believe that Dominic will bring strategic vision to ZSL, which we need to take us forward in achieving our aims.”


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