Europe/Middle East Region: Maggie Esson
Maggie Esson Chester Zoo firstname.lastname@example.org Maggie Esson is the Education Programmes Manager at Chester Zoo, UK and before this was Head of Conservation Education at Durrell Wildlife Park, Jersey, Channel islands. Maggie holds a Doctorate from Liverpool John Moores University and a Masters from Plymouth University.
Chester Zoo is the most visited zoo in the UK with 1.3 million visitors a year and this creates a superb opportunity to educate, particularly as the zoo has a diverse animal collection and is heavily involved in overseas conservation education projects. Maggie has extensive overseas experience in conservation education practice and knows how important it is to mentor and support emerging educators from the developing world. She maintains a good network of overseas contacts as a result of this work. Additionally, she currently sits on the BIAZA Education and Training Committee and is the link person between the E&TC and the BIAZA Field Programmes Committee. She has been a member of the Visitor Studies Association for around 20 years and is a keen proponent of education and visitor research.