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.
The National Bio Parc concept
This is a new approach pursued with authorities in Morocco, Viet Nam, Colombia, Cyprus and elsewhere. It looks to establish hybrid institutions of national prominence merging financially sustainable visitor sites with centres for important science research. Crucially each National Bio Parc offers a global projection of that nation’s potential in many distinct criticalareas associated with bio-science and the environment. It looks to forge new research relationships with leading UK universities and to explore the potential to draw research and economic development funding from UK sources.
In addition to the above nations, we have been contracted by the Government of Japan for a parallel initiative in connection to regenerate the Fukushima Prefecture.
We welcome enquiries on a similar basis from other national government or associated interests.
We work with botanic gardens and other green sites operated by universities. We explore ways in which these ‘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 and so 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. More recently the Welsh Mountain Zoo has benefit from a package of grants and gifts approaching £400,000 towards its snow leopard exhibit.
‘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.
currently work intensively with the National Zoological Society of Wales/ Welsh
Mountain Zoo, Twycross Zoo and Knowsley Safari Park.