Unpaid role, expenses paid
Voluntary, Minimum commitment is 2-3 hours at Board meeting per month
Job description

The RSPCA Leicestershire Branch is looking for 2 new Trustees with a particular interest in individuals from the following backgrounds:


  • Finance
  • Digital Marketing/Fundraising
  • Legal
  • The Charity Sector
  • Retail


About the opportunity


We are the RSPCA Leicestershire Branch and it's our vision to live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion. Our volunteers are incredible, they play an essential role in helping us carry out our important animal welfare work every day.   

We are an independent branch of the RSPCA and a charity with separate registration through the Charity Commission. This is an exciting opportunity to become involved with the Branch, helping to achieve our  purpose of promoting kindness and preventing cruelty to animals. 

As a Branch we raise money locally to support the animal welfare work we do. We also aim to educate the public by offering advice, alongside our core purpose of rehabilitating and rehoming animals from our animal centre. We have just completed a seven-figure, state of the art Veterinary Facility at our Scudamore Road site and we employ our own Veterinary Surgeon and Vet nurse alongside an exciting partnership with the University of Nottingham Vet School. We also have a network of Charity Shops which also support our fundraising efforts with a further shop to open in Hinckley in the third quarter of 2022.

Do you have professional expertise that you could use to help a good cause? Are you passionate about animal welfare? We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable people to join our established Board of Trustees, ensuring that the Branch is governed and managed effectively and strategically, whilst continually having animal welfare at the forefront of their minds.

As a trustee of a Branch you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals in the region and safeguard the future of animal welfare for generations to come.

Main activities:


  • To be familiar with and support the aims and policies of the RSPCA.
  • To be familiar with the Branch rules and follow them at all times.      
  • To work with your fellow trustees and Branch officers and jointly act in making decisions for the best interest of the Branch and the RSPCA.
  • To ensure the Branch meets all the minimum animal welfare standards (MAWS).  Where they are not met, to work with national RSPCA staff to meet the standard as soon as practicable. 
  • In conjunction with your fellow trustees to write, adopt, monitor & review a Branch development plan setting out the short and long term aims of the Branch. 
  • To actively participate in Board of Trustees meetings and attend the Branch annual general meeting.
  • To be aware of the outcome of regional board meetings and support regional initiatives.  
  • To attend the trustee training course.
  • To actively promote and advertise the society in an ongoing programme to recruit new Branch trustees and volunteers.
  • To welcome new trustees and volunteers to the Branch.
  • Each Branch appoints a Secretary, Treasurer and Chair. Role outlines for each of these Branch Officer roles are available. 

What are we looking for?


  • We are looking for people from all social and cultural backgrounds, with a variety of experience and skills to draw on, whether these have been formed through life or work situations.
  • You must be committed to the RSPCA’s charitable objectives, so having a passion for animals is very helpful.
  • Most people aged 18 or over are eligible to become a trustee and you will need to become a member of the RSPCA. You will need to be able to work with people and have good interpersonal skills. You do not need to be an expert although commitment, common sense and the ability to be objective is vital.

New RSPCA trustees are provided with a document “Guidance for Branch Trustees” and asked to attend a training course which provides information and guidance about a trustee’s role and responsibilities.

Trustees must sign a Trustee Declaration of Willingness to Act to clarify that they are not disqualified from being a trustee and that they accept the post. 

As of 1st August 2018, in addition to our standard declaration of willingness, trustees also need to complete the new declaration from the Charity Commission and read their guidance for individuals on who can’t be a trustee or senior manager of a charity. 


What can we offer you?


  • It’s a great way to meet like-minded people who share your enthusiasm for animal welfare. 
  • You will be able to use your skills and experience to oversee the charity and make decisions that have a direct impact on local animal welfare.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain new skills and develop existing ones, whilst making a real difference to the lives of animals.
  • Ongoing support is also provided by regional and national RSPCA staff in addition to any additional training provided by the relevant Branch.
  • You will be volunteering at the heart of the local community.

Practical Considerations


As a minimum, trustees would normally be expected to attend a monthly committee meeting lasting 2 hours.  

Trustees are elected for a 12-month term each year. 

Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. 

References will be required.

If you would like further information please contact our Chair of Trustees, Mr Connor Acton, by email via the Branch Manager, Amanda Lovett

Application Instructions

Please get in touch to discuss your interest and suitability for the role, and to have an informal chat with our Chair of Trustees

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Posted on: 04 July 2022
Closed date: 18 July 2022 at 23:59
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