Bio Parc Concepts International team
In response to particular projects and specific client needs we bring together professional of the highest possible global standing, listed below in alphabetical order. Mike Maunder and John Regan are central to all projects.
Professor Simon Anholt: Simon is an independent policy advisor developing and implement national strategies for enhanced economic, political and cultural engagement with other countries. These strategies are typically in the areas of national identity and reputation, public diplomacy, cultural policy and cultural relations, regional integration, immigration and related areas of social policy, sustainability, educational policy, trade, export promotion, tourism, security and defence, foreign direct investment, talent attraction and major international events. He is the author of numerous book including Competitive Identity (Palgrave Macmillan 2007); Places (Palgrave Macmillan 2010); and The Good Country Equation (Berrett-Koehler 2020).
Professor Paul Bardos (Fukushima Phoenix project, Japan) : Paul is a globally acknowledged expert on contaminated land and waste management, regeneration of brownfield sites, renewables and sustainability, environmental information dissemination; regeneration of brownfields for bioenergy and green infrastructure.
Mr Brian Child (Advisor on multiple projects) : Brian was CEO of McCann Erickson North and Chair of Momentum Europe. He advises on marketing, communicational and presentational dimensions of of projects.
Sir Martin Davidson ( part of the Bio Parc Colombia team and advisor on all international projects) was CEO of the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relation. He is currently Chairman of the Great Britain China Centre. He provides board level advice to a small number of organisations with an interest in China and international education. Martin brings a very senior perspective on government-to-government issues and overall strategic approach.
Mr Neil Kemsley (Bio Parc Mediterranean on Cyprus and other projects) : Neil was formerly Regional Agent of the Bank of England. His work in the Bank covered economic issues and, international financial and economic issues. Neil was later instrumental in setting up and later chairing the Merseyside Special Investment Fund to disburse EC Structural Funds. He also advised on the setting up of similar schemes in Cornwall and Yorkshire. Neil served on the Council of the University of Liverpool, acting as its Deputy Treasurer.
Dr Mike Maunder (central to multiple projects): Mike’s ‘day job’ is as the Executive Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and sits within the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School. He acts as a board member of the Mohammed Bin Zayed Conservation Fund, chaired by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. He was recently Executive Director Life Sciences of the Eden Project and Senior Consultant to Eden International. He has consulted to the Dubai Expo and the Dubai Museum of Tomorrow. He was recently Vice-Chair of Flora & Fauna International and is the former Executive Director of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida. Mike has a worldwide reputation bringing together the fields of biodiversity and the management of complex nature related visitor attractions.
Professor Sir William Wakeham (for Bio Parc Maghreb): Bill was formerly Vice Chancellor of the University of Southampton. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College and on the Board of the Engineering and Physical Research Council (UK’s research funding body). Amongst many other senior roles, past and present, he is a member of the European Union’s expert panel on philanthropy and universities. He is UK Chair of the British-Italian Partnership Programme.
Dr Mark Pilgrim was to recently CEO of Chester Zoo, UK’s most visited biodiversity attraction where, for over a decade, he was responsible for overall strategy and the Zoo’s physical master planning. Critically this included delivery of his personal vision, ‘Islands’: a £42m zoo expansion project, successfully increasing annual number of visitors from 1.6 million in 2015 to an unprecedented over 2 million in 2019. Under Mark’s leadership the annual charitable surplus of this non-profit organisation rose to the region of £9 million.
As the vice chairman of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and holder of numerous other international roles, Mark is one of the most respected experts in the world in his fields and sits at the centre of a vast network of colleague expertise..
Other high level individuals, who not operate professionally within Bio Parcs international/ JRA, but are kind enough to bring various crucial dimensions to specific projects and whom we wish to acknowledge here include:
Professor Sir Drummond Bone (all projects) : Drummond is Chair of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK funding agency). He was Pro-Vice Chancellor for Oxford University and Master of Balliol College until April 2018. He previously served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 2002 to 2008, and Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London. He also served as President of Universities UK and as the inaugural President of BIAZA.