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.

Nominations for election to our Board of Trustees

We're governed by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for ensuring we're effectively managed and meet our charitable objectives.

The Board comprises of up to 12 trustees, including three co-optees. Each year one-third of the nine trustees elected by our society members retire at the Annual General Meeting. This year Barbara Gardner, Karen Harley and David Thomas will retire from the Board: they may all seek re-election.

Anyone who has an RSPCA membership may stand for election as long as they're suitably qualified in accordance with our rules. In particular they must have been members of the RSPCA for not less than three consecutive years immediately preceding nomination.

How to nominate

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact the Chair of the Board as soon as possible at the address given below for further information of the role of our charity trustees.

Nomination forms will be available from Friday, 24 July 2020:

Completed nomination forms, which require the names of a proposer, a seconder and 10 other signatories who are all current members of the RSPCA, must be returned to the address given on the form by Thursday, 10 September 2020.

The election is provisionally scheduled to be held during October or November 2020, but this may be subject to change depending on prevailing public health advice and guidance concerning the coronavirus pandemic.

Election results for the RSPCA Board of Trustees 2019

Formal notice of the result of the 2019 election to the RSPCA Board of Trustees from Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive.

Following the recent election to the RSPCA Board of Trustees, the following members were elected:

Three-year term

  • Kevin Degenhard
  • José Parry
  • Sally Phillips

Two-year term

  • Richard Booker
  • Brenda Shore
  • Imogen Walker

One-year term

  • Barbara Gardner
  • Karen Harley
  • David Thomas

Candidates not elected

  • Mark Glover
  • René Olivieri

Our Board comprises of up to 12 trustees, including three co-optees - Caroline Waters, René Olivieri and David Smith - and is responsible for our financial sustainability and the strategic oversight of all aspects of our activities.

We would like to thank all the candidates for standing in the election and congratulate those who were successful.

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