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 David Canavan, Daniel Lyons and Jane Tredgett are due to retire and may seek re-election.
RSPCA trustees are responsible for the effective leadership and direction of the charity and decide upon policy, strategy and the allocation of funds.
They're expected to attend at least six day-long Council meetings each year, together with some other 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 email@example.com
- Telephone 0300 123 0369 (this number is for election enquiries only)
- Write to: The Returning Officer, Legal Services Department, RSPCA, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, 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 9 March 2018.
Please note: To be eligible to apply you must have been an RSPCA member for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to Friday, 9 March 2018 and have held continuous membership since that date. Alternatively, you may have been proposed by the Council to fill a casual vacancy, or be a co-opted member whose nomination has been supported by the Council and has become a member of the Society.
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 Annual General Meeting on 28 June 2018 to be held at Church House Westminster, 31 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3BN.
For information about how the national Council election is governed, read RSPCA Byelaw VII National Council election byelaws (PDF 180KB).
Find out more about our Council and the role of charity trustees.