Our mission is to conserve biodiversity and other natural resources, both locally and internationally – but we rely on the support of thousands to bring it to life!
We engage with over 40,000 children and young people through our conservation educational programmes, and welcome over 500,000 visitors each year to our 140 acre zoological park. In every contact we seek to encourage understanding, and inspire care for the natural world. In essence, we aim to connect people with nature.
Our team of Conservation Biologists run field programmes in the UK & Africa in partnership with communities, statutory agencies and other non-governmental organizations. Find out which species we’re working with and the positive, sustainable impacts we’re making on our conservation website.
With regard to its legal status, Marwell Wildlife is a Company Limited by Guarantee. The Governing Body of the charity is a Board of Trustees. New trustees are elected by the Board following a recruitment process and applicants are sought from a combination of advertised vacancies and executive search. Trustees are appointed for an initial three year term and thereafter are eligible for reappointment for further three year terms subject to a maximum of four three year terms.
The Board normally meets seven times a year to review strategy and performance and is helped in its work by the following Trustee led committees: Audit & Risk; Capital Expenditure; Conservation (including animal collection, biodiversity, education and sustainability); Commercial; Ethics; HR & Remuneration and Marketing. Committees do not have executive authority but are chaired by a Trustee. Committees have their own terms of reference and provide linkage back to the main board and support for senior management of the charity in their work. Further to the requirement laid down by the Charity Commission regarding the reporting and understanding of public benefit, Marwell’s activities and ongoing strategies are tested against the overall aims and objectives of the organisation to satisfy Trustees that our work is relevant and accords with our overall charitable endeavour. Day-to-day management is delegated to the Chief Executive and his Executive Team.
We are governed by a Board of Trustees who bring relevant experiences and skill sets as determined by a regular skills audit of the Board, from which recruitment is driven. These sectors currently include, for example: business; media; academia; conservation; education and land management.
Trustees' report and financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2016.
The Chief Executive of Marwell Wildlife is James Cretney.
James joined Marwell as Chief Executive in 2005 and has over 17 years experience in leading not-for-profit organisations.
Marwell is a unique place run by unique and talented individuals. The work that it does and the story it has to tell is of the utmost importance . By working here I can help shape Marwell's contribution to the wider issues of global biodiversity and our response to the challenges that will face us and generations to come.
....he is supported by the Executive team who are:
Tim has over-arching responsibility for Marwell's charitable delivery including local and international wildlife conservation programmes, sustainability, education and public engagement, care of the plants and animal collection, and scientific outputs across these disciplines. With a background in environmental science and biodiversity management, he is Visiting Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Southampton, a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and the IUCN Commission on Education & Communication, and has governance and advisory roles with a number of other non-governmental organisations.
Marketing specialist with wide, successful B2B and B2C experience built from a 25 year career in Mars, Siemens and a variety of not-for-profit organisations.
My role is to define and deliver the marketing strategy and drive income via zoo admissions; memberships and various fundraising streams, including Go! Rhinos and Marwell’s Zany Zebras.
HR professional with a track record of delivering successful HR outcomes.
My role is to enable our Managers to successfully manage their teams; to ensure appropriate capacity and capability exists within our business; to consistently promote, encourage and support a culture where employees are consulted, recognised and rewarded accordingly.
Over 30 years experience in commercial and operational management, many of them spent in national museums, including the Royal Armouries at HM Tower of London.
With responsibility for a wide remit including generating income from commercial activities and delivering outstanding service to our guests, I am also qualified in Project and Risk Management disciplines.
The downloadable diagram below illustrates the functional layout of our organisation and the current reporting structure which takes its inspiration from our strategy.
Marwell was founded by John Knowles in 1972. The organisation began as Marwell Preservation Trust with more specific goals of protecting and breeding endangered species through the operation of Marwell Zoological Park set in the heart of the Hampshire countryside near Winchester.
Our activities evolved and diversified rapidly during the subsequent decades in accordance with the emerging multidisciplinary science of conservation biology, and increasing global awareness of the importance of biodiversity for human wellbeing.
With these changes and a growing portfolio of conservation and education programmes, it became increasingly evident that we needed to articulate our contributions as a diverse, holistic and internationally active conservation charity. At the same time, we recognised the need to enhance the profile of the park, which remains our principal means of engaging the public and galvanising support for our charitable endeavour.
On 1 April 2009, Marwell Preservation Trust / Marwell Zoological Park became ‘Marwell Wildlife’ with a brand promise of connecting people with nature that now resonates throughout the organisation’s work. Marwell Wildlife operates and runs Marwell Zoo in Hampshire.
Visit the zoo to experience the magic first hand or support our work.