A Meercat Morning Of Networking

Never has a dark, foggy drive been more happily made than Thursday mornings journey from Norwich to our first Great Yarmouth networking breakfast of 2020!

Even with the dark January early start, the Royal Assembly Rooms was warm and welcoming and the room was filled with coffee and chat.

It was great to catch up with our members after the festive holidays and hear their exciting plans for the upcoming year and to introduce guests who are looking to join the Norfolk Chambers.

We were thrilled that the event got off to a roaring start with our guest speaker David Field, CEO of the Zoological Society of East Anglia talking about his journey and joy of running the charity that leads Banham Zoo and Africa Alive!

David’s energy and enthusiasm for his conservation work is encouraging and awe inspiring! David was also joined by Suzy Jackson, Head of HR to talk about the charity work of David and the team at the ZSEA.

In a talk that we wished wouldn't end, he took us from the 18th Century’s first Zoo to the cultural impact of zoos on society, to AA Milne’s meeting with the real Winnie The Poo. He told us how his mother finally stopped asking when he was going to get a ‘proper job’, when he started meeting influential people such as HRH The Queen and Lord David Attenborough.

When David is not in Madagascar working on one of the many ZSEA’s conservation projects, or inviting protestors to take a walk with him around the zoo, he is passionately working to bring his mission and vision to life. It’s a mission to connect communities to nature for conservation and a vision that our world will be a haven for wildlife and people.

Click here if you would like to find out more about Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! and their upcoming Big Cats event.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us, we hope you enjoyed the event – we certainly did! 

A big thank you to Dale Graver, our amazing apprentice for helping at his first networking breakfast!

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