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Please find below profiles of our experienced and committed team. We at JRA are always happy to talk informally about your external funding and development issues.
John Regan is the co-author of forthcoming book “Transformational external funding for zoos, botanic gardens, aquaria and similar site based organisations”.
With some 19 years experience in external funding, he has a proven track record in winning substantial funds for clients. These include a £3 million grant from the East Midlands Development Agency for Twycross Zoo and a $3 million sponsorship deal for Chester Zoo from Jaguar Cars. John successfully lobbied through Sir Digby Jones for the return of large sums of VAT (in the region of £30 million) to the UK zoo community, and has worked one to one with zoos and similar sites all over Europe.
John Regan is the author of the “Manifesto for Zoos” 2004 and “The EU and Europe’s Zoos” 2007 and has intermittently acted an advocate for the zoo sector in general to Government on a national or European basis.
He is currently working with Marwell Wildlife, Hampshire, making very good progress towards a £6 million redevelopment of its front entrance.
John Edwards is the researcher of forthcoming book “Transformational external funding for zoos, botanic gardens, aquaria and similar site based organisations”.
With previous experience in the Marketing and Financial sectors, since moving into External Funding he has most recently successfully procured the required match funding from the NWDA to realise a major £3 million heritage project in Stockport. Previously he acted as a researcher on a bid that resulted in £5 million grant to support the engineering industry.
Upon joining the JRA John has been in charge of business development and approaches to Trusts and Foundations on behalf of clients.
Neil Kemsley left the Bank of England after 31 years’ service which began after he graduated from the University of Liverpool as a Bachelor of Commerce in 1968. He is also a qualified Chartered Secretary.
His work in the Bank covered economic issues, the introduction of internal management controls, customer banking (for other banks), international financial and economic issues and the management of production and personnel facilities in the factory where Bank notes are printed.
His involvement at has John Regan Associates has been primarily based around dialogues and applications within the EU.
Mr Kemsley has found time to become a Trustee of various charities in Cheshire and Merseyside. He now has a portfolio of business interests in the North West and spends any spare time playing golf and horse riding.