The Executive Board

Sir Michael Dixon, Museum Director

Dr Michael Dixon, Director of the Museum


  • Responsible for the general administration of the Museum and is the accounting officer to the Board of Trustees and the Government.
  • Former Director General of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), where he reorganised the Society’s structure and introduced a new brand identity to fully reflect their mission.
  • Created realistic plans for the redevelopment of London and Whipsnade Zoos and improved financial performance to allow significant new investment in the ZSL’s activities.
  • Spearheaded the ZSL’s involvement in a major new £80million aquarium at Silvertown Quays in London Docklands.
  • Early career in scientific, technical and medical publishing at Pitman Books Limited and John Wiley and Sons, where responsibilities included new media development and copyright/licensing issues.
  • Trained in zoology at Imperial College, followed by postgraduate studies at the University of York.
  • Wrote his doctoral thesis on the host location behaviour of trematode larvae, including Schistosoma mansoni, the causative organism of the parasitic disease bilharzia.
Cartoon image of a stegasaurus disappearing through closing door

The first collected specimen of Theobroma cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made, is kept in the Museum.