Em­bat­tled RSPCA loses CEO

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THE RSPCA’S an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on June 24 looks set to be fraught with ten­sion af­ter CEO Jeremy Cooper left ear­lier this month.

Ex­pec­ta­tions had been high that Mr Cooper, who had been ap­pointed in April 2016, would give a new lease of life to the hard-pressed char­ity, which has seen a sus­tained drop in mem­ber­ship num­bers.

Now, his vi­sion of an in­flu­en­tial, less an­tag­o­nis­tic RSPCA risks van­ish- ing and the fu­ture of the char­ity is un­clear.

In the wake of Mr Cooper’s de­par­ture, the Char­ity Com­mis­sion said in a state­ment: ‘The gov­er­nance of the RSPCA re­mains be­low that which we ex­pect in a mod­ern char­ity and we are con­cerned about the im­pact on pub­lic con­fi­dence. We will con­sider what fur­ther reg­u­la­tory ac­tion may be re­quired should im­prove­ments not be made with the nec­es­sary ur­gency.’

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