Our structure and governance


NEZS has a Vice President who holds an honorary position, along with a Board of Trustees who help guide the management of Chester Zoo and Act for Wildlife.

Our Vice President – The Hon Lady Jane Heber-Percy

Our Board of Trustees

The Trustees, as a body of charity trustees and as directors for the purposes of company law, have general control and management of the administration of NEZS. They determine the strategic direction and policies of the Society, with consultation and discussion with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Society as Principal Executives and their staff who implement policy.

The number of Trustees shall be not less than three and not more than 16 of whom not more than 13 shall be Elected Trustees and not more than five shall be Co-opted Trustees. Elected Trustees, who must be members of the Society, are elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting to serve for a maximum of six years. Co-opted Trustees are co-opted by the Trustees, to serve for up to 15 months from being appointed.

The Trustees hold at least four formal meetings each year, together with an Annual General Meeting. The Chair of Trustees and Vice Chair of Trustees are elected by the Trustees from their current membership, for a period not exceeding three years before re-election for a maximum of one further term not exceeding three years, during which times they are not required to retire in accordance with the six year maximum.

The Vice Chairs take responsibility of Mission Enabling (business operations), and Mission Delivery (conservation, science and education).

Meet our Trustees here

For all matters relating to Trustees please contact…

Emma Powell
Executive Assistant
01244 650201

The North of England Zoological Society is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England no. 287902.  Our registered charity no. is 306077 and our VAT no. is 595 7286 79.

A copy of our zoo license can be downloaded here.