Board of trustees

Our Board comprises of up to 12 trustees, including nine trustees elected from our membership and three co-optees. The Board is responsible for our financial sustainability and the strategic oversight of all aspects of our activities. 

Officers of the Board

There are four Officers of the Board, appointed from the members of the Board. The three-year term of office for both Honorary Officers who are elected Trustees or co-opted Trustees expires at the conclusion of the third AGM after their appointment.

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David Thomas
David Thomas (Vice-Chair)

David Thomas is a solicitor and has been a legal consultant to several animal protection and human rights NGOs over the years...

Barbara Gardner
Barbara Gardner (Treasurer)

Barbara has a long history with us and has previously spent 12 years as treasurer and trustee...

Sally Phillips
Sally Phillips

Sally joined us when she was eighteen at a teacher training college...

Richard Booker
Richard Booker

In the 1990s, Richard went along to help his wife volunteer with us and never looked back...

Kevin Degenhard
Kevin Degenhard

Kevin was an RSPCA member from his teens. Between 1974 and 2004, he was a uniformed inspector investigating cruelty and rescuing animals...

Jose Parry
José Parry

José, a sociologist, has devoted her working life to social research and teaching at university and tertiary levels...

Imogen Walker

Imogen was our vice president from 2010-2019 and founded the Animal Welfare Champions network in London...

Karen Harley
Karen Harley (Deputy Treasurer)

Karen has supported us since her early teens when she became involved with the campaign to stop the export of live farm animals...

David Smith
David Smith

David Smith is a global retail executive with more than 25 years of experience in the UK, EU, US and Asia Pacific...

Rene Olivieri
René Olivieri (Chair)

Following a career first as an editorial director and then as chief executive of the scientific and scholarly publisher, Blackwell...

Caroline Waters
Caroline Waters

Caroline Waters has a background in HR and transformation with 30 years of experience as a senior executive...

Brenda Shore
Brenda Shore

Brenda's background is in the public sector, having worked on the front-line with programmes for the sick and unemployed...