Our executives

Our team of executives are responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the organisation. They each have their own specialist areas, and are led by the chief executive.

Chris Sherwood, chief executive

Chris joined us in August 2018 with more than 15 years experience in the charity sector. In Chris' previous role, as chief executive of the relationships charity Relate, he was instrumental in moving Relate to a new organisational structure, developing its digital services and growing its campaigning voice.

In his role as our chief executive, Chris will continue to shape the debate about animals in society and how we can develop and maintain services that meet the needs of animals and the people who care for them.

Chris says:

It's a huge honour to be appointed RSPCA chief executive.

I am excited about the prospect of leading such a well-respected and supported organisation and advancing its mission to create a world that is kinder to animals.

Chris Wainwright, director of communications and external relations

Chris joined the Society in 2016 from international NGO, WaterAid. Chris has over 20 years strategic communications experience and has led multi disciplined teams in the senior civil service, a FTSE 100 company, and a US corporate communication consultancy.

At the RSPCA, Chris leads a directorate that encompasses all aspects of internal and external communications and marketing, including: public affairs and campaigns, public relations, brand and content, digital engagement, policy and science, education and international affairs.

Helen Tracey, chief financial officer

Helen Tracey has been at the RSPCA for over four years, initially joining as Head of Finance. She has a wealth of experience in the finance sector, having worked for major corporations such as Virgin Atlantic Airways, Legal & General and BT. Before coming to the RSPCA she was the CFO for Central Sussex College.

Helen holds an MBA from the University of Brighton, and is an associate of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Chartered Management Institute.

Lewis Coughlin, director of income generation

Lewis joined the RSPCA as Director of Income Generation in October 2018.

Lewis’ team is responsible for raising the critical funds we need to deliver our charitable aims and objectives.

Ray Goodfellow, chief legal officer

Ray is a solicitor with over 20 years experience in-house at the RSPCA. Ray now serves as the Society’s Chief Legal Officer overseeing the legal directorate (which includes the Prosecutions Department).

Ray advises the Chief Executive and Society on all legal matters concerning Governance and Charity Law and having oversight of all legal work of the Society.

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