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Our governance

The RSPCA is governed by a ruling Council of elected trustees who are responsible for ensuring the Society is effectively managed and meets its charitable objectives.

Day-to-day leadership of the organisation is undertaken by an executive team, lead by the Chief Executive.

Our Council has a maximum of 25 members. 15 are elected by the membership and 10 by vote of our branches in each of the 10 regional divisions of branches. Council members are not remunerated for their role.

Council members are elected by our members each year for a three-year period, and the results are announced at our Annual General Meeting each summer.

Governance review

The Council of the RSPCA is committed to the very highest levels of governance. As such, an independent expert review of the Society's existing governance arrangements was commissioned was published in June 2017 to ensure they are as effective as possible and in line with best practice.

You can read the key findings and recommendations here:

RSPCA Governance Review Key findings and recommendations June 2017 (PDF 976KB)

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