We’re delighted that you are considering making an application for this unique role. It’s a wonderful chance to play your part in an organisation that holds a very special place in the heart of all those concerned with animal welfare, both across the UK and beyond.

Our Society is one of the longest-established in the charity sector, and we're proud of having delivered our valuable work for nearly 200 unbroken years. Today, we are a very significant national organisation, and our numbers are impressive: a staff of nearly 1700, 160 affiliated branches across England and Wales, turnover of around £140m and assets of over £200m.

Most crucially, we investigate nearly 150,000 cases of alleged animal cruelty every year, helping to prevent continued suffering for, and improve the lives of, many thousands of animals. In recent years, we’ve also made meaningful progress in addressing the relationship between the abuse of family and animals; a connection first identified by William Wilberforce, one of our founders.

This work all needs capable and purposeful management, ensuring that we balance the challenges of what must be done today, with what we need to do to sustain our mission for another century and more. We want to hear from people who have the organisational, commercial and strategic resources to manage a blue-chip charitable business, but who can also engage effectively with the wonderful people who volunteer, work and advocate for our mission.

Together, we’ll continue to work for a world in which animals are respected and treated with compassion; in which cruelty is prevented, and suffering alleviated.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Paul Draycott
Trustee and Chair of the Appointment Panel