I am delighted that you have expressed an interest in these vital and hugely rewarding Trustee roles. Dogs Trust is a wonderful charity with a proud 130-year track record, and our work is more important today than ever before.
As we emerge from the acute phase of the coronavirus emergency, we are already identifying the long-term consequences of the pandemic on dog welfare, and addressing them through our new 10-year strategy. Our strategy is ambitious – it's designed to make a big difference to the lives of dogs around the world. We have five areas of focus to grow our reach and impact and make the world a safer and happier place for dogs and we are investing in strong foundations to get us there. But there’s always more to do, and we will welcome the support of two new Council members as we build into the future.
These roles arise as part of our cycle of board retirement and renewal, and offer you the chance to join a well-established and reflective group of Trustees, each of whom brings an impressive portfolio of skills and experience. Most importantly, however, we also share an absolute passion for helping dogs in need: and as a governing body, we work in a supportive, collegial way to deliver the very best services for dogs, dog owners and the generations of dogs to come.
We are particularly keen to encourage interest from those with skills in finance, entrepreneurship, general management or commercial activity. Increasing the diversity of the Board is a fundamental objective of these appointments - we know that people who love dogs are found in every background, ethnicity, profession, age, gender and social group, and we want to make sure that we enrich our Council with new perspectives which may not currently be present.
I encourage you to contact our advisers at Cadence Partners, Aino Betts and Shabby Amini, for an initial discussion, and I look forward to meeting you in due course.
We look forward to you joining us in making the world a better place for dogs.
Chair, Dogs Trust