Meet our trustees & ambassadors

There are currently 6 Directors & Trustees representing the interests of Hertfordshire Zoo in its charitable status

Meet our trustees and directors

Lynn Whitnall

Lynn is the CEO of  Hertfordshire Zoo. She has been involved in wildlife for over 30 years, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and conservation across the world, whilst part-taking in sporting challenges. Lynn is also a trustee of our sister charity The Big Cat Sanctuary and works closely with BIAZA.

Craig Whitnall

Craig is Director of Hertfordshire Zoo and has been involved with the park for over 20 years. Craig has overseen many of the new developments taking place including the impressive World of Dinosaurs, the award winning Lion Pride Lands and our latest project Land of the Tigers.

Sir Eric Peacock

Sir Eric Peacock is the Chairman of Zoological Society of Hertfordshire. Eric’s responsibility to establish a Wildlife Conservation London Committee with Matt Brady, networking with potential sponsors for both our wildlife charities.

Eric is Chairman of the global furniture business Halo International and also Chairman of Buckley Jewellery, Stevenage Packaging Ltd and Boxford Holdings Ltd a leisure, Fruit farming and golf business in Suffolk.  He is Non Executive Director of the Government board United Kingdom Export Finance and is Chairman of the Charities for the Peacock Foundation, Uniqueness and the AB Trust.

He has a lifetime interest in animals, conservation and the environment.

Matt Brady

Matt is a former English footballer who played in the football league for Barnet and Wycombe Wanderers. Matt is the founder of Limelight Access Lifestyle in 2005 which is an exclusive and bespoke Personal Assistant service designed for people within the worlds of Sports and Entertainment.

Matt has a huge passion for wildlife & conservation and has volunteered between both charities, as well as supporting conservation projects abroad in Costa Rice and in Uganda.

Matt’s responsibilities include networking with potential sponsors and connections.

Tyler Whitnall

Tyler is a Director of Hertfordshire Zoo and Trustee of The Big Cat Sanctuary.

Tyler has grown up onsite at the Zoo and is passionate about conservation and has made it his mission to raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade, recently delivering the first ever animal ambulance to Uganda as part of the Drive 4 Wildlife Conservation Project.

Tyler is also a part of CBBC’s One Zoo Three with his brothers Aaron and Cameron, showing the work good zoos do and how the park looks after animals at the zoo and supporting conservation projects across the globe.

Gary Batters

For Gary Batters animals have been his life, raised on a farm, he has worked in zoos for 42 years. He started his career at Windsor Safari with time at ZSL London Zoo, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Banham Zoo and Africa Alive (ZSEA).

He has worked as an animal keeper through to the highest levels of zoo management. Gary has had periods on the General Councils of the British and Irish Zoo Association, with a term as vice chairman, and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, he has been a government appointed zoo inspector and for many years a board member and former President of the Association for the Study and Conservation of Lemurs.

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