Veterinary Trustee

Clare Radlett
United Kingdom
15 Jan 2018
15 Feb 2018
Contract Type

How you can make a difference:

As a Trustee of Cats Protection you will be one of a board of 9 Trustees who are jointly responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity in order to ensure the effective delivery of its charitable purposes. As a trustee with a veterinary or animal welfare interest you will be able to advise on the strategic elements and policy-making relating to the welfare of cats both in Cats Protection’s care and in general. You will thus be helping Cats Protection move towards achievement of our ambitious vision of ‘A world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs’.

Main purpose of the role:

Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the affairs of Cats Protection in order to ensure effective delivery of its charitable purposes.

Key responsibilities of the role of Trustees:

  • To set the mission, vision, strategy and high-level policies for CP
  • To ensure that the charity complies with its constitution, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure that the charity is carrying out its charitable purposes as defined in its constitution
  • To ensure that the charity applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable purposes
  • To ensure the financial stability of the charity and that the charity is, and will remain, solvent and not exposed to undue risk
  • To ensure that the charity reports on what it has achieved and that it produces annual returns and accounts as required by law and in accordance with Charity Commission requirements
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets, delegating appropriately and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the charity
  • To ensure the effective and efficient management of the charity
  • To protect and manage the assets and property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • To appoint the Chief Executive and monitor his/her performance
  • To develop and maintain healthy relationships among key constituencies such as supporters, members, volunteers, staff, government agencies and other charities
  • To seek independent professional advice as required, for example on matters of material risk to the charity
  • In addition to the above statutory duties, the veterinary/animal welfare Trustee should use their specific skills, knowledge and experience in the veterinary/animal welfare field to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions on the welfare of cats. This may include scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focussing on key issues, providing advice on new initiatives, research or other relevant issues.

    Key attributes required as a Trustee in Cats Protection

    Essential requirements:

  • Hold a degree in veterinary medicine, animal behaviour, animal welfare or equivalent qualification.
  • A commitment to the charity and an empathy with Cats Protection’s vision, mission and values and willing/able to be a powerful advocate of the Charity’s cause
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to meet board requirements, including attendance at board meetings and possible involvement with board sub-committees
  • Strategic vision
  • Sound independent judgement
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability and willingness to express views clearly and objectively
  • A willingness to accept the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

    Desirable attributes:

  • Interest in animal welfare and ethics
  • Board level experience or equivalent managerial experience in a large national organisation, a university or veterinary practice
  • An interest in animal management in the shelter environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the voluntary sector

    Specific experience/expertise required:

    The current board has a wide range of skills but the following have been identified as areas where we would potentially benefit from additional skills:

  • Experience in veterinary practice, academia, the commercial sector or the voluntary sector of:
    • Animal welfare
    • Welfare in the shelter environment medicine
    • Relevant research

What you can gain from volunteering with Cats Protection:


  • The opportunity to make a real difference to the welfare of cats and kittens across the UK.
  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills.
  • The opportunity to work closely with other board members and the management team.
  • To gain experience working at board level in the UK’s largest feline welfare charity.

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