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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.

Vote for RSPCA National Council nominees

Members of the RSPCA are now invited to vote in the 2018 RSPCA National Council election.

The RSPCA Council comprises up to 25 volunteers elected to serve as the charity trustees of the Society.

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

This year, there are five vacancies for national Council members to be filled and nominations have been received as follows, in alphabetical order:

  • Mr David Canavan
  • Mrs Barbara Gardner
  • Mr F. George Hammett
  • Dr Daniel Lyons
  • Ms Jane Tredgett
  • Mrs Christina Tomlinson

RSPCA members have the option to register their votes by internet or by post. Instructions on how members can register their votes are included in the election material sent to them.

Voting closes at 3pm on Tuesday 12 June 2018.

The results will be announced at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 28 June 2018, which is to be held at the Church House Westminster, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BN.

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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