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At the RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter, trustees are responsible for the overall strategic management of the Branch and Shelter. Working with the management staff, they draw up policies to ensure the Shelter and Branch run as smoothly as possible. They regularly look at the finances, making sure that the charity has enough reserves to cover our costs for 1- 2 years should any unforeseen events cause a drastic loss of income and also to monitor income and expenditure. Trustees meet annually with investment advisors to make sure that our portfolio is ethical, not contravening any animal welfare standards, and that it is giving the best return possible.

We normally meet once a month to receive reports from the CEO, Shelter Manager, Community Fundraiser, Retail and Finance Managers and discuss any matters they bring to us.

Trustees can come from any walk of life. We need trustees with a variety of skills from HR and finance, animal health and retail and communications and fundraising. However, you do not necessarily have to have any professional qualifications, just a commitment to animal welfare and ability to work as a team.

In order to become a trustee, you need to have been a member of the RSPCA Branch for at least three months. This means you will also be a member of the main Society. You will be invited along to a few trustee meetings as an observer, to see if becoming a trustee is for you. Once you have decided, you can be co-opted on to the Trustee Board until the AGM, when all trustees have to stand for election.

Skills/requirements for this role


Support the aims and objectives of the RSPCA. Membership of RSPCA for more than 3 months (this can be done later).

Managing a business

Experience of business in a leadership role at a managerial level such as a small business owner or company director.

Human resources management

Experience of managing and motivating people either at a business or at a volunteer group. HR qualification.


Ability to read management accounts and experience of budgeting and financial management. Qualified accountant or similar experience in banking or financial investment industry.


Ability to use standard office IT systems such as MS office and to communicate electronically. IT management qualification, particularly cyber security.

Animal welfare

A demonstrable interest in animal welfare such as working or volunteering for a welfare charity. An animal welfare or veterinary qualification.

Charity trusteeship

Previous experience of being a trustee.


Experience in a retail environment selling directly to the general public.


Experience working in a senior role as part of a communications/PR team.


A professional understanding of the many different income streams available in the charity sector and how to tap into them.


The ability to work as part of a team. ESSENTIAL

How to apply

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