Our governance

We're governed by a board of 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, led by the Chief Executive.

Our governance is changing

At our Annual General Meeting on 29 June 2019, members voted overwhelmingly to approve significant reforms to our governance.

One of the key reforms involves creating a new, smaller board of trustees. The new Board will consist of up to nine trustees elected by our members and up to three co-opted trustees. 

The process to elect up to nine trustees to the new board has now started. The first stage of the process is to seek nominations from our members who wish to stand for election.  

Interested in becoming a trustee?

If you have been one of our members for at least three continuous years from 14 August 2016, you may be eligible to stand.  If you feel you have the enthusiasm, skills, time and commitment to serve on our new board of trustees, here's what you need to do next.

How to apply

You can request a nomination form and candidate information pack (PDF 1.91MB) in one of the following ways, providing your contact details and membership number:

  • Email: elections@rspca.org.uk  
  • 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

Deadline for applications

Completed nomination forms must be returned to our independent election scrutineers by no later than 3pm on Wednesday 14 August 2019 at the following address:  Electoral Reform Services, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW. 

Further information

Please find further information about the role of a trustee and other supporting information below.

Trustee candidate information pack (PDF 1.91MB)

Trustee role description (PDF 47 KB)

Trustee person specification (PDF 127 KB)

Election timetable (PDF 53 KB)

Our 2017 - 2021 strategy 

Charity Commission guidance for trustees


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