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Become an RSPCA Council member


Would you like to use your skills and experience in becoming one of our charity trustees?

Our Council discusses plans for the RSPCA and makes the decisions that will affect how we deal with animal issues in the future.

The RSPCA Council is made up of up to 25 volunteers elected to serve as trustees of the charity.

Fifteen Council members are elected by the votes of the whole RSPCA membership and serve for three years, retiring on a rotational basis.

This year, Council members Joseph Piccioni and Christina Tomlinson are due to retire and may seek re-election.

The role

RSPCA trustees are responsible for the effective leadership and direction of the charity and decide upon policy, strategy and the allocation of funds.

They are expected to attend at least six day-long Council meetings each year, together with some other panel and committee meetings.

How to apply

Nomination forms for election to the RSPCA Council, together with an information pack about the role of the trustee, can be obtained in four ways:

  • Submit an online enquiry.
    To use this service you will first need to log-in or register as a user of My RSPCA.
  • Email elections@rspca.org.uk
  • Telephone 0300 123 0369
    This number is for election enquiries only.
  • Write to:
    The Returning Officer
    Executive Department
    Wilberforce Way
    West Sussex
    RH13 9RS

When requesting a nomination form, you will need to state your name, address, postcode, and membership number.

The closing date for receipt of completed nomination forms is 3pm on Friday 10 March 2017.

Please note: To be eligible to apply you must have been an RSPCA member for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to Friday, 10 March 2017.

What happens next?

After the closing date, RSPCA members will be sent details about each of the candidates standing for election as a Council member. Members will be able to register their votes by post or electronically.

The results will be announced at our 2017 Annual General Meeting (Details of when and where to follow soon).

For information about how the national Council election is governed, read RSPCA Byelaw VII National election byelaws (PDF 88KB)

Find out more about our Council and the role of charity trustees.

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