The Primate Society Council

Council Members:

Professor Jo Setchell

is the PSGB President. She is based at Durham University in the Anthropology Department. Jo has worked on sexual selection, life history and reproductive strategies in primates for more than 20 years. She also promotes an interdisciplinary biosocial approach to the study of human/ primate interactions and biodiversity conservation, encouraging biologists to collaborate with social scientists to understand human dimensions of conservation. Jo has been Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Primatology since 2009. She has served two terms as Vice-President (Research) of the International Primatological Society (2010-14, 2014-18). She joined PSGB in 1996 when she started her PhD, has been on Council several times, and served on the Conservation Working Party 2007-16. You can contact Jo by emailing

Dr Alexander Georgiev

is the PSGB General Secretary and a member of the Research Working Party. He is a lecturer in primatology at the School of Natural Sciences at Bangor University where he co-directs the BSc/MZool degree in Zoology with Primatology. His research focuses on primate reproductive ecology, physiology and conservation and he has conducted field work with apes and monkeys in Uganda, the DRC, and Puerto Rico. He now directs the Zanzibar Red Colobus Project, a new long-term study of an endangered and endemic primate. He can be contacted by emailing 

Brian R Machin

is Treasurer of the PSGB. Brian’s particular interests include conservation and platyrrhine evolution.  His current research is into the measurement of extant primate disparity – comparing both morphological differences with genetic variations. You can contact Brian by emailing

Dr Zanna Clay

is Convenor of the Research Working Party. She is based in the Department of Psychology at Durham University. Zanna can be contacted at 

Dr Ben Coleman

is PSGB's Engagement and Impact Officer and is a member of the Research Working Party. He works at the University of Wolverhampton as a Research Impact Officier, He completed his PhD at  the University of Durham in 2013, studying spatial ecology and anti-predator behaviour of samango monkeys (Circopithecus albogularis schwarzi). Ben has subsequently worked in a variety of roles within universities and zoos. His interests are around wildlife conservation and improving the impact of university research on the wider world. 

Andrea Dempsey

is PSGB's Meeting Officer. She is based at Paradise Wildlife Park and is Programme Manager for the West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA), previously holding the position of Country Cooridinator for WAPCA for four years, based in Ghana. Before working for WAPCA, Andrea was a Senior Zoo Keeper at the Zoological Society of London, for ten years. Andrea is Conservation Advisor, Mangabey and Drill Coordinator and Forest Guenon Species Monitor for the EAZA Afro-Euroasian Monkey TAG as well as a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group.  Andrea was part of the Steering Committee for the African Primatological Society Inaurgural Congress and held the position of Co-Chair of the BIAZA Primate Focus Group. She can be contacted at

Annette Gunn

is Media Officer for PSGB. She is a Field Research Officer for the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. After completing a BA (Hons) in Illustration with Animation, she worked as a zoo keeper in several major UK collections over nine years, specialising in nocturnal mammals (primates and carnivores).  She also has many years' field research experience in Africa and Asia, leading to her MSc in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University, during which she studied pottos and angwantibos in the Central African Republic.  After an internship at WAPCA, Annette moved to the Cayman Islands to apply field methodology used for primates on reptile presence and population monitoring. Annette has published works, run websites and maintained social media accounts for several conservation organisations, including copywriting, creating educational resources and increasing engagement on Twitter and Facebook for PSGB.

Dr Caroline Harcourt

is Convenor of the Conservation Working Party. After an undergradute degree at Bristol University, Caroline did her MSc at Wiwatersrand University and PhD at Cambridge University, both on galagos and in South Africa and Kenya, respectively. She has worked on a variety of other primates including lemurs. She authored the IUCN Red Data Book on lemurs and has contributed to a variety of popular and scientific books on conservation. She has edited books on primates and tropical forests and has worked in an editorial role for Folia Primatologica and Journal of Human Evolution. She is a trustee of the Welsh Mountain Zoo. You can contact Caroline by emailing  

Dr Kathelijine Koops

is a Lecturer in Primatology based at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Archaeology. Kat works on the evolution of tool use and material culture. Her comparative research includes chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and humans. She has conducted field work with apes in Guinea, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. At her study site in the Nimba Mountains in Guinea (since 2003), her research topics further include chimpanzee feeding ecology, habitat use, population genetics and conservation strategies. Kat is a member of the Great Ape Section of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist group.

Dr Tracie McKinney

is PSGB's Membership Secretary and is also the Book Reviews Editor for Primate Eye. She is based at the University of South Wales. Tracie’s work focuses on anthropogenic habitat disturbance and ways that wild primates deal with these challenges. You can contact Tracie at or at

Dr Lindsay Murray

is Editor of Primate Eye. She has been a member of PSGB for over twenty years since completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge on personality in great apes.  As a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, she has taught psychology and animal behaviour at the University of Chester since 1998, and supervises students in a variety of topics reflecting her research interests in primate behaviour, personality, laterality, social networks and mirror self-recognition.  Lindsay also sits on the Education Committee of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). More information can be found on her university webpage. You can contact Lindsay (and the Deputy Editor, Lisa Riley) by emailing

Christina Paddock

is the Student Representative for the Society. She is a PhD student at Cardiff University, based in the School of Biosciences. Christina’s current research centres on studying the Sanje mangabey, with a focus on population genetics, aiming to inform the current Mangadrill Conservation Action Plan that is in development. Christina has been a member of the Student Working Party for three years and the Student Representative since 2019. She can be contacted at

Steve Unwin

is Convenor of the Captive Care Working Party. Steve worked as a wildlife veterinarian in several zoos, wildlife rehabilitation centres and conservation projects in Australia, Thailand and Cameroon before joining Chester Zoo as veterinary officer (2003-2018). He is a recognised specialist in Zoo Health Management as a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine. He was the veterinary coordinator for the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance veterinary programme (2006 – 2014) and co-created the Orangutan Veterinary Advisory Group in 2009, where he continues to facilitate and participate. Both these organisations focus on and promote capacity building of local primate and wildlife veterinarians. Steve also sits on the IPS ad-hoc committee on primate remote capture, is a member of the IUCN CPSG, is the vet advisor for the Sulawesi macaque EEP and is part of the PASA One Health Initiative. He currently works as a consultant for Wildlife Impact and as a lecturer in biosystems and environmental change at the University of Birmingham. He can be contacted at


Other members of the PSGB team (Assistant Members of Council)

Emma Horton

is PSGB's Marketing Officer, Emma has worked with captive primates for over 7 years with species including callitrichids, squirrel monkeys, lemurs and gibbons. Prior to this, Emma completed a degree in zoology at The University of Manchester. You can contact Emma by emailing

Dr Lisa Riley 

is Deputy Editor of Primate Eye. Lisa is a Lecturer in Animal Welfare based at the University of Winchester, Centre for Animal Welfare. Her research focuses on welfare and environmental enrichment, and the interplay between conservation and welfare. Lisa is on the BIAZA Research Committee and BIAZA Animal Welfare Working Group. Lisa (and Lindsay Murray, Editor of Primate Eye) can be contacted at