John Regan Associates is a small company that ‘obsesses’ on the acquisition of external funding for zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens and similar organisations in the UK and across Europe, as well as for in situ conservation projects. More about JRA

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BioQuest concept for Morecambe

Delighted to have had a positive response yesterday from David Taylor ( Deputy Chair of Lancashire LEP and Chancellor of University of Central Lancashire) re the LEP’s interest in BioQuest concept ( zoo cum science discovery experience)for Morecambe and its need for capital funding. Will now move forward on this with Dave Marsden of Lakeland Trust for Natural Sciences.

Possible collaborations with Bangor University around the Silk Road project at the Welsh Mountain Zoo?

Pleased that  National Zoological Society of Wales, Director Nick Jackson and I are meeting Bangor University Vice Chancellor and Pro-Vice Chancellor Jerry Hunter for lunch in a couple of weeks time to discuss collaborations around the Silk Road project at the Welsh Mountain Zoo.

Presentation next week on The Silk Road project for the Welsh Exporters Club

Be interesting to see the response from the Welsh Exporters Club to my presentation next week on The Silk Road project for the National Zoological Society of Wales.

Wonderful event at Liverpool World Museum and then Everton Flower Fields re National Wildflower Centre/ Eden Project.

Wonderful event at Liverpool World Museum and then Everton Flower Fields re National Wildflower Centre/ Eden Project. Especially pleased to meet senior environmental journalist/ author, Michael McCarthy to discover we attended the same university department ( French, U of Liverpool) under the same Professor.

Updating the business plan for Bio-Inspire

 Busy now updating the business plan for Bio-Inspire, the ‘New Zoo’ project for the Liverpool City Region. Wonderful to have a much higher degree of engagement now from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine   and John Moores University  

Looking forward to meeting with David Taylor

Looking forward to renewing acquaintance with David Taylor of David Taylor Partnership, Preston re potential for Bio Quest, Morecambe. David is a Lancashire LEP board member, UCLAN Chancellor and led on the former Biota aquarium project for ZSL

Tallinn and Liverpool

Enjoyed leading the day course in Tallinn Estonia on wildlife fundraising.  Great to meet and learn about so many exciting project promoters from all over the world. Looking forward now to  being part of the celebration of  the National Wildflower Centre ( now under the umbrella of the Eden Project) at Liverpool Museum next week.

Bio Parc projects in Viet Nam and Colombia

Extremely positive and encouraging meeting in Parliament on Wednesday with the new Ambassador for Vietnam re the Bio Parc Vietnam concept.  He immediately proposed an in country workshop which we will now work towards

Very good catch up with the Colombian Embassy this week.  Prospects look increasingly good for Bio Parc Colombia to be established in Quindio province

1 day fundraising course I am delivering for the European Zoo Association in Estonia next week.

15 participants registered now for the 1 day fundraising course I am delivering for the European Zoo Association in Estonia next week. Attenders from Spain, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Croatia, Italy. Germany and Finland at least plus NGOs focused on bears, gorilla, painted dogs, Will look forward as well to seeing old friends at the overall conservation forum and discussing potential for EAZA to do a crowd funding campaign next year.

Full London diary Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week with meetings with:

Mark Menzies MP UK Trade Envoy for Colombia;  former Serco CEO Chris Hyman of our ‘New Zoo’ Board; Lord (Jim) O’Neill;  Colombian Ambassador, Mike Maunder, Exec Director of the Eden Project; Sir Martin Davidson former CEO British Council; George Howarth MP; Vietnamese Ambassador; and  architect Colin Gilmore-Merhant at the Blizard Institure.  I expect after that I will have a large gin & tonic!

About John Regan Associates

JRA is a small company that  focuses on securing external funding for zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens and similar organisations in the UK and internationally, as well as for in situ conservation projects. We also act on behalf of HE institutions to establish facilities on public biodiversity sites and otherwise build beneficial relationships.

The Bio Parc concept, in partnership with Cornwall’s Eden Project, dialogues with governments of growth economies around the world on the potential to establish high profile financially sustainable attractions affirming/promoting the bio-science, biodiversity, natural and overall environmental offer of the country in question; projection of the very ‘soul and pride’ of the  given nation on a global scale in the context of biology & environment.

‘New Zoo’ in the UK is about archetype change across the entire UK zoo landscape; making zoo capital projects of greater and wider relevance to the UK society and so be more ‘fundable’ in the first place.

Happy to talk to anyone without commitment about raising funds, concept development (which should really always come first!) and attracting senior champions as trustees, patrons, mentors and door openers.


What Our Clients Say

“John Regan is a most tenacious person in lobbying for external funding of zoo activities that have a bearing on society. He is able to access influencers and champions at the highest levels. With these connections and his wide knowledge base he has been impressively successful in securing funding for capital projects in zoos. John is one of those persons who have been able to convince decision makers, that zoos matter.”

– Hans Van Weerd, general curator Melbourne zoo, zoos Victoria

“In assisting zoos with identifying European and other funding opportunities for their education and conservation projects, John Regan provides a unique service. John is not only very experienced when it comes to the business and funding side of zoological operations, but he is also very capable of finding connections between what we do (or want to do) and the programs and thinking at EU and government levels. It also helps that he is a nice guy to work with.”

– Harry Schram, formerly Executive Director, EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums)

“John’s work has been quite complete covering the main issues of the work assigned. He has been quite helpful not only during the project, but also afterwards with more details about the issues. He really knows about the business.”

– Roberto Guedes, Director na Zoo Santo Inacio, Portugal

“John provided European Zoos with advice on fundraising and marketing. I found him very helpful and competent and his advice was excellent. He is a great guy to work with.”

– Neil Stronach, Ecological consultant and former Director, Fota Wildlife Park, Ireland

“John is a very amiable person, which almost ‘masks’ his sharp intellect. He grasps your ‘subject’ very quickly and gives feed back fast and fully. He also provides answers and comments whenever you ask, no matter what erratic questions it may be. A great person to have by your side.”

– Hans-Ove Larsson, Skansen Zoo, Stockholm

“Here at the Eden Project we’ve been very fortunate to have known and worked with John over a number of years. John mixes his impressive knowledge of EU and UK funding with an amazing network of contacts to present us with some exciting opportunities. His ability to spot a gap or find the right angle to lever in funding or build new relationships with like minded organisations is incredibly beneficial to us and we hope to continue to work with John for many years to come”.

Dan James, Eden Project Cornwall

“Space for Giants was delighted by JRA’s support for the recent launch of our UK fundraising programme at the House of Lords just prior to Christmas. This event was hugely successful and completely oversubscribed, attended by giants of the political, philanthropic, media, business, academic and conservation world. We have immediately secured several large donations from generous supporters and are in the process of negotiating several further”.

– Dr Max Graham, Director, Space for Giants

“John is a highly accomplished fund raiser with a particular range of experience and skills that make him ideally suited to working with Zoos and Aquariums. He has an excellent track record of raising significant levels of funding for capital projects and I would recommend him highly if this was one of your organisations objectives.”

– Dave Gibson, Managing Director, National Marine Aquarium

“This is to record, briefly, BirdLife’s appreciation of the work that John Regan Associates did with us to raise funds for conservation of Tsitongambarika Forest in Madagascar. JRA staff had strong contact networks, worked effectively on complex logical frameworks and narrative proposals, ensured deadlines were met, responded promptly to correspondence and handled complex multi-institutional partnerships with great professionalism. The project is proceeding as I write thanks to approaches made by JRA to one of the foundations they had themselves identified.

Many thanks for the important role you played. I would not hesitate to recommend JRA to others in a similar position to ourselves”.

Document Downloads

  • How Skansen won its € 4 million Download

  • The sponsor’s perspective: interview with Sir Nick Scheele (former President of Ford Worldwide and Executive Chairman of Jaguar Cars) who negotiated the $3 million deal with John Regan Download Interview

  • Going Global: A review of international development funding by UK trusts and foundations Download going global

  • The top 500 companies in the South of England D59top500

  • This is a transcript of a 2011 debate in the UK parliament on the value of zoos in regional economic development Download

  • Record of parliamentary debate on role of zoos in economic development Download record

  • Eurodisney uk 2012-03-14 twenty year review of economic and social impact Download

  • 10 steps to successful financial sponsorship for conservation organisations, zoos, natural history sites and aquariums Download 10 Steps

  • 10 steps to successful sponsorship for zoos, natural history sites and aquariums in the UK Download 10 Steps PDF

  • BIAZA 2004 Marwell presentation – verbal notes to accompany Powerpoint BIAZA Marwell PDF