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Jamie Christon

Chief Executive Officer, Chester Zoo

Jamie is Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible to the Board of Trustees of one of the largest and most popular zoo’s in Europe.

Jamie spent the first part of his career in high street food and retail department store management after graduating with a degree in politics.

He took these skills to Manchester Airport Group where he headed up commercial operations before becoming Managing Director at Exeter Airport in Devon where he managed the transition from local authority to private sector ownership.

Jamie then moved onto take responsibility for on-board operations in Europe of Stena Line and joined Chester Zoo in 2013.  

Initially as Chief Operating Officer and since March 2021 as Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible to the Board of Trustees of one of the largest and most popular zoo’s in Europe.

In 2019 Chester Zoo welcomed over 2million visitors, employed 1,000 staff and had a turnover of £46m. 

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