Branch Trustees

Branch Trustees

At a glance


  • General management
  • Project management
  • Business advice / analysis
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning


Brixworth, Northampton, NN6 9BW
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Must be living within Northamptonshire branch area; map available on request


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
As a minimum, trustees would normally be expected to attend a monthly committee meeting lasting some 2 to 3 hours.


30 Sep 2020

Do you have professional expertise you could use to help a good cause? Are you passionate about animal welfare? We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable people to actively volunteer for the Branch as trustees.

What will you be doing?

We are the RSPCA 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.   

RSPCA Branches raise money locally to support the animal welfare work they do. Each Branch operates at a local level offering advice, microchipping, neutering and subsidised animal treatments, as well as rehabilitating and rehoming animals taken in through their clinics, animal centres, boarding and fostering facilities. Additionally, there are over 300 RSPCA shops.


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 and Branch support specialist (BSS), to write, adopt, monitor & review a Branch development plan setting out the short and long term aims of your Branch. 
  • To actively participate in Branch committee meetings and attend the Branch annual general meeting and regional conference. 
  • To be aware of the outcome of regional board meetings and support regional initiatives.  
  • To attend the trustee training course.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Specific skills such as finance, legal, fundraising, project management, business experience, awareness of employment and/or charity legislation can be useful to help ensure we have a sound and robust business  model and long term strategic development plan, however they are not essential. 
  • We are also looking for people who are creative, innovative, who have experience of or are part of the groups and communities we want to attract, who can bring new ideas, different experiences and fresh perspectives to the Board and to help put those ideas into action.
  • 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.

What difference will you make?

As a trustee of a Branch you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals.

What's in it for the volunteer?

  • 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.
  • You will be volunteering at the heart of the local community.

Before you apply

  • Animals / wildlife
  • RSPCA Northamptonshire branch, is a branch of the RSPCA national society. The branches objects are to promote the work of the national society within the area of the branch. The objects are to...