Our governance

We're governed by a board of trustees who are responsible for ensuring we're effectively managed and meet our charitable objectives. Day-to-day leadership of the organisation is undertaken by an executive team, led by the Chief Executive.

Notice of Nominations for election to the RSPCA Board of Trustees

The Board comprises of up to 12 trustees, including three co-optees, and each year one-third of the Board's nine elected trustees retire by rotation. This year Richard Booker, Brenda Shore and Imogen Walker will retire from the Board (they may seek re-election should they wish to do so).  

The recruitment process to become a Board member starts with the Nomination stage. This is when candidates nominate themselves for appointment to the role of Board trustee. Any member of the Society may stand for election as long as they meet the qualifying criteria set out within the Society's Rules. In particular, they must have been an RSPCA member for not less than two consecutive years immediately prior to 11 August 2021. They will also need the support of 5 members when they apply. 

How to apply to become a Board trustee

The Nomination stage for this year's elections is now open. If you're considering applying to become a Board trustee, you can request a Nomination pack by:

  • email elections@rspca.org.uk
  • or write to The Returning Officer, Legal Services Department, RSPCA, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham RH13 9RS

Nominations close at 3pm on 11 August 2021. 

Should the number of nominated members exceed the number of available places on the Board a vote will take place in early Autumn to determine who is elected.

Each successful appointment is normally for a three year term and starts at the Society┬┐s Annual General Meeting. The 192nd AGM will take place on Saturday 23 October 2021.

The Society is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality. We are seeking nominees from diverse backgrounds and we welcome nominations from members of underrepresented groups.

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