Battersea, Greater London
These are volunteer unremunerated roles.
Contract, Part-time
Job description

Are you passionate about dogs and cats? Our people and animals make Battersea a great place to work. Your expertise will help increase our impact for dogs and cats everywhere.

We are seeking two skilled Veterinary Trustees with significant current senior veterinary leadership experience to join our Council of Trustees, to play a key part in Battersea’s future development and growth.

About us

Battersea is here for every dog and cat and has been since 1860. We are a world leading, animal welfare charity and over the last 160 years we’ve grown from one home in London to three, rescuing and rehoming centres across the South East. With c550 staff and 1000 volunteers, we have cared for over three million vulnerable animals We also campaign tirelessly to make things better for dogs and cats, sharing our expertise and educating the public and policymakers about responsible pet ownership. Two years ago we launched the Battersea Academy working with animals and veterinary practitioners across the UK and Internationally to develop and enhance their services to animals. Join us and make a difference for every dog and cat.

About the roles

During the latter half of this year and the first half of 2021, our two long standing and highly esteemed, Veterinary Trustees, Professor Matthew Pead BVetMed PhD MRCVS FHEA CertSAO and Dr Bradley Viner BVetMed MSc (VetGP) DProf FRCVS, will conclude their terms of office, after many years of exceptional support and contribution to Battersea. We are seeking to replace them with two equally skilled and engaged Veterinary Trustees who will each play a key part in Battersea’s future development and growth. To support our strategy and to build diversity in the Board we are looking for two new Trustees both with significant, current senior veterinary leadership experience, either from a research, policy development or clinical background or with direct practice experience.

The two new Trustees will join our Board of eleven, known as Council, who meet seven times a year with the Chief Executive and Directors (six half-day meetings usually in London and a full-day annual strategy meeting with the Directors usually in Windsor). Meeting formats are currently under review and some may in future be held virtually.

Both roles are appointments for an initial term of three years and may be re-appointed for a further two terms of three years. We anticipate one of the new Trustees will join the Board in October 2020, with the second successful new Trustee joining us in the Spring of 2021.

These are volunteer unremunerated roles.

More information about Battersea, including our Strategic Plan, please visit our website.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your CV and a supporting statement of no more than 1,000 words that addresses how you meet the requirements of the person specification and outlines your personal motivation for becoming a Trustee of Battersea. Any applications received via our online application portal will not be considered. Please also state if you are available to start the role in October 2020, Spring 2021 or have no preference.

Battersea is committed to providing equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all current and prospective staff and Trustees. We aim to ensure that this commitment, reinforced by our values, is embedded in our day-to-day working practices and our work together. We would particularly welcome applications for these roles from black and minority ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under represented on our Council of Trustees.

For full details, including our job applicant privacy notice, please download our recruitment pack.  All applications must be submitted before the closing date advertised.

Posted on: 01 July 2020
Closed date: 30 July 2020
Job ref: BDCH1315
Tags: Senior Management