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Vets and animal welfare experts encouraged to apply for vet-led charity’s trustee roles

23 July 2019, at 9:00am

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is looking for three new trustees to help drive the charity’s mission to improve the welfare of animals through veterinary science, education and debate.

The charity is inviting applications from veterinary and animal welfare professionals across the UK, especially those with experience in equine and small animal practice and research project management, to provide strategic direction to the organisation over a three-year term.

Trustees are expected to attend at least two meetings a year, as well as AWF’s annual flagship event in Westminster, the AWF Discussion Forum. In addition to this, they are also encouraged to engage with one or more of AWF’s Sub Committees focusing on particular areas of the charity’s activity, such as grant making and public education.

AWF Chair of Trustees Chris Laurence said:

“Our trustees play a very active and vital role in the charity’s work and this is a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference. I would encourage all veterinary and animal welfare professionals who are keen to use their expertise towards giving animals a better life to apply.”

Current AWF Trustee Julian Kupfer said:

“If I ever thought being an AWF trustee was just a matter of turning up for the odd meeting – well, I got that wrong – and that’s the joy of it. The more you put in the more you get out of it. It’s great to be working with likeminded people whose diverse spread of backgrounds and expertise really stimulates the grey matter. The result of it all is a meaningful furthering of animal welfare driven by science, evidence base and a utilitarian approach. What’s not to like?”

Stacey Blease, who joined the charity as a Trustee last year, said:

"I jumped at the possibility of contributing to the important work of AWF. The charity works to improve the welfare of many different species and the variety of our activities makes for a stimulating and diverse role. Being an AWF trustee is hugely rewarding when you experience the buzz sparked by the Discussion Forum debates and know that the vast majority of attendees who complete the feedback survey intend to take action based on what they learnt during our annual event."

The deadline for sending AWF Trustee applications is midnight, 13 August 2019. Read the role description and person specification here.