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Director of People and Culture

Director of People and Culture

We’re delighted that you are considering making an application for this exciting role. It’s a wonderful chance to play your part in an organisation that holds a very special place in the heart of all those concerned with animal welfare, both across England, Wales and beyond.

Our Society is one of the longest established in the charity sector, and we’re proud of having delivered our valuable work for nearly 200 unbroken years. We investigate nearly 150,000 cases of alleged animal cruelty every year, helping to prevent continued suffering for, and improve the lives of, many thousands of animals. In recent years, we’ve also made meaningful progress in addressing the relationship between the abuse of family and animals; a connection first identified by William Wilberforce, one of our founders.

Today, we are a very significant national organisation. But more than that, we are a social movement, bringing people together from different backgrounds, and walks of life around the common purpose of animal welfare.

In such a complex, high-profile organisation, and in this current moment in time, effective and motivational people leadership is vital. We have made huge strides forward over the past 18 months having embarked on an organisation wide programme of change, including a strategy development, culture change and a defining of our transformation agendas. We have transformed our governance, implemented a new reward strategy, and made great progress increasing the diversity of our inspectorate through an overhaul of our recruitment strategy. We’ve also remodelled our L&D offering, so we can support our people to be world class leaders.

That said, we know there is more to be done which is why we are looking for a new People and Culture Director to work with us to make the RSPCA the very best place to work, whether you are a paid employee or volunteer. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the new director to build on the momentum of transformation, creative strategies, new partnerships and inspired action.

While we don’t underestimate the scale of the challenge, we must respond to the current crisis by becoming more nimble, agile and embracing a more positive and inclusive culture. If anything, the current situation has meant an acceleration of our action and given us an opportunity to review strategies for a better future.

Our focus is on creating a resilient organisation and as part of that we are reconfiguring our services and creating an ambitious new strategy which will take us through to 2030.The remodelling work will enable us to better distribute resources to where they are most needed, while bringing our spending under control. We might look different, but our charity will continue to rescue and care for the animals that need us most.

We always aim to be an employer that maintains exceptional standards of performance, grows and develops employees, celebrates diversity and attracts and inspires volunteers.

The role will be critical to building a culture that is modern, supportive, inclusive, entrepreneurial, empowering and most importantly that is commensurate with our ambitious vision and mission.

Together, we’ll continue to work for a world in which animals are respected and treated with compassion; in which cruelty is prevented and suffering alleviated.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Chris Sherwood
Chief Executive

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