The Charity

Saving the DNA and the viable cells of the world's endangered animals

The Frozen Ark Project is an independent charity registered in the UK (no. 1118044) and based at the University of Nottingham. It is governed by a memorandum and articles of association, and is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (no. 5932945). Its registered address is The Frozen Ark Office, School of Biology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD. UK.


Sir Anthony Galsworthy KCMG, Formerly HM Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China)
Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG, KCVO, Chancellor, University of Kent, formerly HM Permanent Representative to the United Nations


Professor Mike Bruford, University of Cardiff
Dr Ann Clarke, Honorary University Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham, Co-Founder and Managing Trustee of The Frozen Ark
Professor Bryan Clarke FRS, Emeritus Professor, University of Nottingham,  Co-Founder of The Frozen Ark
Sir Tim Hunt FRS, Nobel Laureate, Cancer Research UK, South Mimms.
Professor Ed Louis, Head of Research, University of Nottingham
Professor Gordon McGregor Reid, Director Emeritus, North of England Zoological Society, Former President of the World Association of Zoos and  Aquaria.
Professor Philip Rainbow, Keeper of Zoology, Natural History Museum, London
Professor David Whittingham, Emeritus Professor, St George’s, University of London, UK

Advisory Group


The Group advises the Trustees on the activities of the Frozen Ark.

The current members and their roles are:-

Professor Heribert Hofer
Director of Leibzig Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Berlin, Germany.

Liaison between The Frozen Ark and the European zoo community.

Professor William V Holt

Paul Pearce Kelly
Senior Curator of Invertebrates and Lower Vertebrates, Zoological Society of London. Invertebrate collections

Dr Rhiannon Lloyd

Mr Nic Masters
Veterinarian at Whipsnade Zoo, Zoological Society of London

Mrs Jackie McKenzie-Dodds
Laboratory Manager, Department of Zoology, Natural History Museum, London.

Frozen Ark museum sample collections

Professor Philip Rainbow
Keeper of Zoology, Natural History Museum, London.

DNA collections and long-term storage

Professor David Rawson
Professor of Applied Cell Biology, University of Bedfordshire.

Fish tissue and cell collection; Fish and Amphibian Expert Group

Dr. Christopher Wade
Lecturer, University of Nottingham,

Protocols for collection and sample conservation; Mollusc Expert Group

Ms Jude Smith
Secretary, The Frozen Ark Project, University of Nottingham.

Secretary at the Frozen Ark Office

Dr Lisa Yon

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Unjversity of Nottingham.

Conservation and diseases of mammals

Trustees attending:
Dr Ann Clarke, University of Nottingham, UK
Professor Bryan Clarke, University of Nottingham UK