Neil Maddison

Neil Maddison

Head of Conservation at Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation

General Information

Experience

Bristol Zoo

Education

MBA  - University of the West of England

first degree  - Zoology , University of Bristol

Affiliations

Board of Trustees Member  - Ape Action Africa Inc

Trustee  - Hawk and Owl Trust

Member  - Association of MBAs

Member  - Conservation Specialist Breeding Group

Trustee  - Cameron Wildlife Aid Fund

Member  - HSBC

Recent News  

Neil Maddison, Head of Conservation
Neil Maddison gained his first degree in Zoology at the University of Bristol and went on to work for several conservation charities before joining the Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society in 1997, initially as Development Manager. His experience in field conservation has led him to appreciate more fully the link between meeting people's needs and wildlife conservation. He now specialises on working with communities to develop sustainable solutions whilst taking pressure off natural resources, looking for practical ways to support disadvantaged people in their development. These solutions often lead to an examination of the 'business case' for conservation, and creating new sources of revenue for local communities to find 'win-win' solutions for people and wildlife. Neil obtained his MBA from the University of the West of England, with a specialisation in pro-poor ecotourism. He is a Trustee of Ape Action Africa, an NGO working to address the commercial bushmeat trade in Africa and was previously a Trustee of the Hawk and Owl Trust. He is also currently a member of the Conservation Specialist Breeding Group and the Association of MBAs.

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The Biodiversity session was led by Neil Maddison (Head of Conservation programmes at Bristol Zoo).
It was clear from his talk that even in Georgia there are threats to biodiversity from increasing development.

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Neil Maddison, Head of Conservation
Neil Maddison gained his first degree in Zoology at the University of Bristol and went on to work for several conservation charities before joining the Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society in 1997, initially as Development Manager. His experience in field conservation has led him to appreciate more fully the link between meeting people's needs and wildlife conservation. He now specialises on working with communities to develop sustainable solutions whilst taking pressure off natural resources, looking for practical ways to support disadvantaged people in their development. These solutions often lead to an examination of the 'business case' for conservation, and creating new sources of revenue for local communities to find 'win-win' solutions for people and wildlife. Neil obtained his MBA from the University of the West of England, with a specialisation in pro-poor ecotourism. He is a Trustee of Ape Action Africa, an NGO working to address the commercial bushmeat trade in Africa and was previously a Trustee of the Hawk and Owl Trust. He is also currently a member of the Conservation Specialist Breeding Group and the Association of MBAs.

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