Our patrons, vice-presidents and celebrity supporters

Royal patron - Her Majesty the Queen

In 1840 we received royal approval from Queen Victoria and we are proud that our royal patronage continues to this day, with Her Majesty the Queen recognising the work we do for animal welfare.


Our vice-presidents are appointed initially for a three-year period and are chosen because of their commitment to animal welfare, to the aims of the RSPCA and for their ability to use their influence for the benefit of animals.

Baroness Fookes of Plymouth DBE
Baroness Fookes is one of our honorary vice-presidents. She's a Conservative politician and was Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons from 1992-97. On 30 September 1997, she was made a Life Peer.
Bill Oddie OBE
Bill Oddie is a musician, actor, presenter, campaigner, conservationist and writer. He's also well known for being a keen ornithologist and wildlife expert.
Brian Blessed
Actor Brian Blessed has played a variety of memorable parts on stage, television and in film. He's best known for his booming voice, Shakespearean acting and comic roles in films like Flash Gordon and the Blackadder TV series.
Chris Packham
Chris Packham has gained recognition as a naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker.
Dr Brian May
Best known as the lead guitarist and founder member of rock band 'Queen'. Dr Brian May is also a singer, songwriter, author, astrophysicist and animal activist.
Dr Caroline Lucas MP
Caroline Lucas, the UK's first Green MP, is a co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency.
Peter Egan
Peter Egan is a much loved British actor, best known for his roles in 'Ever Decreasing Circles' and 'Downton Abbey', (playing Hugh "Shrimpie" MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire).
Satish Kumar
Satish Kumar is an Indian activist, nuclear disarmament advocate and pacifist. In 1962 he staged a 'Peace Walk' of over 8,000 miles to the capitals of four nuclear-armed countries - Washington, London, Paris and Moscow.