Catherine Barton

Field Conservation Manager, Chester Zoo

I studied for a B.Sc. in Zoology at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and went on to gain a M.Sc. in Wildlife Conservation and Management at the same institution. Following a media role working on the ARKive project at UK wildlife charity Wildscreen, I joined Chester Zoo’s Field Programmes team in August 2008.

My current role as Field Conservation Manager is heavily focussed around managing partnerships with field projects in Borneo and Sumatra and engaging with stakeholders in the palm oil supply chain, from other NGO’s to field partners and local businesses. I chair the BIAZA Palm Oil subgroup and work with international zoos and conservation organisations to find solutions to the issue of unsustainable palm oil.

A key focus of my work is assisting in the development, monitoring and evaluation of field conservation activities, managing internal and external field conservation communications including our annual conservation symposium and working closely with other departments on behaviour and social change campaigns.