Trustee Sylvia graciously bows out - as two newcomers move in

Torbay Weekly

The longest serving trustee of Paignton Zoo's Wild Planet Trust has retired.

Sylvia Greinig joined the Trust, formerly known as Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, in 1997 and up until her retirement earlier this year was one of the Trust’s longest serving trustees with almost 25 years on the Board.

She was also the first female Board member and remained the only female for 11 years. Sylvia has seen much change and development over the past 25 years and says she has thoroughly enjoyed being part of it all. Sylvia’s involvement with Wild Planet led directly to her completing an MA in Anthrozoology at Exeter University.

Recently retired, she was the Principal at the Abbey School in Torquay for over 40 years, where her particular expertise was in developing educational programmes for young children.

Sylvia has wished everyone connected to the Trust the very best for the future and has said that it has been a huge privilege to work with everyone and learn so much. She intends to be a frequent visitor of the Trust’s zoos, which include Paignton and Newquay, and has recently been made an Honorary Member.

The Trust has recently added two new recruits to the Board in Professor Adam Hart and Dr Richard Stones. Adam is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire where he teaches ecology, behaviour, evolution, and field biology. An entomologist by training, much of Adam's research work now focusses on African ecology and conservation, including award-winning work on anti-poaching.

Richard is an accomplished board director, entrepreneur, and conservationist with over 30 years global, sustainable business experience - working within industry, academia, and non-profit organisations.

“We are delighted to welcome both Adam and Richard onto our Board of Trustees,” said Stephen Kings, Chair of the Board. “Both Adam and Richard bring a tremendous level of knowledge and expertise to the Board.”

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