Twycross Zoo CEO shortlisted for ‘Director of the Year’ Award

Sharon Redrobe

Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire is pleased to announce that Chief Executive Sharon Redrobe is a finalist in the Institute of Directors (IoD) West Midlands Director of the Year Awards in recognition of her leadership of the visitor attraction.

Dr Redrobe is currently spearheading Twycross Zoo’s ambitious £55 million Masterplan, which will transform the 88-acre site in rural Leicestershire over the next 20 years into one of the region’s, and the UK’s, leading visitor attractions. Since the launch of the Masterplan over a year ago, major new habitats Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest have already opened and 2015 saw a 6% increase in visitor numbers.

Renowned internationally as a wildlife vet and passionate conservationist with over 20 years’ experience working in academia, charity and business sectors, Dr Redrobe has focussed on advancing knowledge of the natural world through university lectureships, addressing global conferences, publishing research, establishing award-winning programmes at three UK zoos and starring in a zoo-based TV series. She has held senior management positions in two large charitable zoos and is on the Board of Ape Action Africa, a rescue charity based in Cameroon.

Dr Redrobe, said: “I am delighted to be nominated for the Director of the Year Award. It is a privilege to lead the zoo’s remarkableteam of enthusiastic and talented staff and supportive Board of Trustees. It’s an exciting time at Twycross Zoo, as our Masterplan will deliver new developments and benefits for both the animals we care for, as well as the visitors who come to see them.”

Dr Redrobe is a finalist in the ‘Not For Profit’ category of the awards. The regional awards breakfast will take place on Tuesday 14 June 2016 at Edgbaston Stadium, the home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, and will be compered by media personality Professor Carl Chinn MBE.

Commenting on the nomination, Calum Nisbet, Regional Director, IoD West Midlands Region, said: “It’s a great achievement to reach the shortlist as we have had a tremendous response this year and whittling entrants down has been a tall order for the judging panel. All regional winners will be put forward for consideration to the national IoD judging panel for the national awards, where we hope they can fly the flag for the West Midlands!”

Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10.00 to 18.00. For more information and to book tickets visit or call 0844 474 1777