World Animal Protection Governance

We move the world to protect animals

We are local

Working on the ground with local partners for greatest effect, we are active in more than 50 countries.

We are global

We have consultative status at the Council of Europe and collaborate with national governments, the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organisation for Animal Health – influencers with the power to improve the lives of millions of animals.

Location and structure

Our International office is in London. We are registered as a charity and a company in the UK and work with affiliated World Animal Protection offices around the world. Our offices are linked through collaboration agreements that ensure we work in a unified and consistent way, supporting a strategy developed by staff worldwide.

We are governed by a Board of up to 13 trustees from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Board has statutory duties under the UK Companies and Charities Acts of 2006 for the general management and control of World Animal Protection. With the exception of certain powers – which the Board reserves for itself – the Board delegates the day-to-day management of World Animal Protection to the Chief Executive.

Our International Board

World Animal Protection’s current Board members are:

Mr Mark Watts (President) 

Ms Hanja Maij-Weggen (Deputy President) 
Mr Paul Baldwin 
Mr Dominique Bellemare 
Dr Bjarne Clausen 
Ms Nesta Hatendi 
Dr Chinny Krishna 
Mr Carter Luke 
Mrs Marcelle Meredith 
Mr Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly 
Dr Andrew Rowan 
Mrs Cecilia Vega Leon 
Dr Hugh Wirth

Find out more about our Board members.

The work of our Board is supported by four committees.

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee discharges the functions of the Board between the Board’s regular meetings. It has the authority of the Board but, other than under exceptional circumstances, has no power to vary World Animal Protection’s Strategy or any corporate policy approved by the full Board.

Finance and Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee oversees all financial aspects of our work on behalf of the Board. This includes:

  • advising on the approval of budgets, accounts, financial statements and financial policies
  • advising on the financial implications of our strategic plans and ongoing financial viability
  • reviewing our investments.

Nominations and Governance Committee

The Nominations and Governance Committee identifies candidates for appointment and/or reappointment to the Board. It also reviews the performance of trustees and the Board, and reviews our overall governance – making recommendations to ensure systems are robust, reflect best practice, and support our current and future needs.

Human Resources and Remuneration Committee

The Human Resources and Remuneration Committee reviews the CEO’s remuneration and our polices on HR and pay, ensuring these policies are consistent with the Board’s requirements, current legislation and best practice. 

Become a World Animal Protection Trustee

We welcome applications from people interested in becoming Trustees on our international and national boards. For more information and current vacancies, please email Stephen Corri.

Global Organisational Policies

To help us work better together, we have a Global Policy Framework. This is a set of policies that express our shared values and principles. Implemented locally by our country offices, these policies bind us together but still enable our offices to reflect their own legal, political, economic, social and cultural situations. 

Read our global policies