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
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!
lunch with Jim O’Neil on Thursday
Enjoyed London lunch with Jim O’Neil on Thursday, just before he travelled up to Leeds to announce first report issued by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. In reiterating his support for the ‘New Zoo’ initiative and its strong relevance to the Northern Powerhouse, Jim provided all kinds of advice and provided multiple high level further intros. Chat triangulated well with recent conversation with Andy Burnham and forthcoming Tatton meeting with George Osborne.
Funding for the Germinal project at Banham
Interesting set of meetings in Norfolk on Friday with a LEP Board Member, Jeanette Wheeler and then with former LEP Chair, Andy Wood re funding for the Germinal project at Banham
Wolverhampton University that a possible cooperation with a regional nature site
Glad to hear from friend and colleague Stefano at Wolverhampton University that a possible cooperation with a regional nature site may be moving forward. The offer of a mixed used facility at such site with a university partner embedded ( = the ‘New Zoo’ concept) fits very well indeed with future political ( and therefore funding) enthusiasm.
Meeting with Oxford Innovation
Looking forward to meeting with Oxford Innovation tomorrow at their Stockport Offices ( thanks to original introduction by Sir Michael Lyons). The potential for innovation centres or ‘incubation facilities” to be associated with the various projects we are associated with ( either here in the UK in ‘New Zoo’ or in the various ‘bio parc’ ideas around the world) has been growing over the last years and is quite intriguing.
Dialogue with Andy Burnham MP
Glad to have secured an interview with Andy Burnham MP for next week. Got to know Andy a little over the years, and he has always been supportive of the zoo sector. He is of course the Labour candidate for Manchester’s Metro Mayor elections for May ( and so very likely the city region’s first elected Mayor). Will update him and seek advice on ‘New Zoo’ overall, but especially the northern projects.
Chester Zoo has just announced 2016 figure to be just short of 1.9 million!
My alma mater Chester Zoo has just announced 2016 figure to be just short of 1.9 million! Quite astonishing. A report earlier show that the zoo had made an annual contribution of £50 million to the North West Economy. Proof positive of the return to the public purse of an investment into a forward looking zoo site
Biologically themed visitor site in Cuba
Did quite a lot of work over last few days on a concept for a biologically themed visitor site in Cuba which I hope may win some initial interest from a particular philanthropic source. Fingers crossed!
About John Regan Associates
JRA is a small company that ‘obsesses’ on securing external funding for zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens and similar organisations in the UK and across Europe, as well as for in situ conservation projects.
Currently much of our work revolves around ‘New Zoo’ http://www.newzoo.org.uk
This is an ambitious UK wide programme to evolve new models and new conceptions as to what zoos, wildlife parks, public aquaria etc can offer to society. This involves securing capital grants for 5 x projects at 5 sites spread across the UK.
We often operate on a sector wide basis (in both the UK and Europe) in terms of ‘funding advocacy’ to improve the overall ‘fundability’ of zoos, botanic gardens, and their like. JRA put together the Manifesto for Zoos in 2005 and more recently an Economic Impact Assessment for the UK
zoo sector, both of which you can download for free from this site.
JRA brings together funding specialists, economists, curatorial experts, science educators, researchers, writers , conservation scientists and other relevant practitioners, as a given project may require.
So how can we help you? Well pretty much by “getting you money”…!
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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”.
“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”.
“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.”
“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”.
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