John Regan Associates Limited is a specialist provider working with biodiversity driven sites (zoos, gardens, parks, aquaria, etc.) and their partner universities.
We assist in strategic planning, concept development, partnership formation, public affairs and fund raising.
We are working with authorities in various countries around the world where biodiversity meets community regeneration meets science research partnerships.
We were contracted pre-pandemic by the Government of Japan for an initiative in connection to regenerate the Fukushima Prefecture.
We welcome enquiries on a similar basis from other national government or associated interests.
University’s green spaces, botanic gardens and wider biodiversity portfolio.
We work with HEIs to explore how their green sites and gardens can offer a wider array of services & public goods beyond traditional associations and attract greater capital and revenue funding. We are interested in the potential for these (perhaps overlooked) assets to stimulate a more creative appetite for their services across a spread of university areas and for society in general. Where that is the relevant focus we want to escape the potentially limiting associations of the expression ‘botanic garden.’
We also welcome interest from Universities and local government curious as to the potential to set up ambitious new environmentally themed public venues.
‘The Science Zoos’
Historically we work with zoos and wildlife venues on fundraising with a particular emphasis on large capital projects
John was formerly Director of Development and Fundraising for Chester Zoo, and set up its first development department and its world famous fundraising programmes. He has some 28 years experience in funding issues. He negotiated $3 million sponsorship from Jaguar Cars, initiating the ‘Superzoo’ dialogue with NWDA, and was instrumental in lobbying for the recouping of VAT tax owed to UK zoos. We assisted Twycross Zoo with a £1.2 million grant from HSBC and won £3 million to establish the Himalaya project. The Welsh Mountain Zoo has benefit from a package of grants and gifts approaching £400,000 towards its snow leopard exhibit.
More recently we formed part of the team which drew down a sum in the region of £20 million from the Levelling Up Fund for Twycross Zoo to establish the National Science and Conservation Centre.
‘The Science Zoos’ looks to position leading English zoos with a special focus on biodiversity and commanding large loyal audiences as having a specific role in UK society and unique relationship with the Westminster Government.