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 between 11 and 13 trustees from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Board has statutory duties under the UK Companies Act 2006 and the Charities Act 2011 for the general management and control of World Animal Protection. With the exception of certain powers, which it 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:

Paul Baldwin – Chair International Board
Nesta Hatendi – Deputy Chair International Board
Berangere Michel
Christine Lloyd
Franc Cortada
J. Thomas Jones
Karen Winton
Mwikali Muthiani
Sandra Bereti
Sarah Ireland

The work of our Board is supported by the following 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 policies on HR and pay, ensuring these policies are consistent with the Board’s requirements, current legislation and best practice. 

Policy and programmes committee

The policy and programmes committee ensures that our programme and campaign activity delivers demonstrable lasting change across our four programme areas and that our mission-focused work remains in line with our long-term strategic goals and objectives. It also keeps under review our global animal protection policy, ensuring that it is consistent with international best practice and our strategy and brand.

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

Modern Slavery Statement

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes World Animal Protection’s slavery and human trafficking statement in respect of the network of World Animal Protection offices.

Read the statement here.

Accounts and annual reports

Read our annual reports to learn how donations from our supporters impact the lives of animals throughout the world.

Until June 2014, World Animal Protection was known as WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals). Annual reports for 2012 and before relate to WSPA. Find out why we changed our name.

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