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The role of RSPCA Sussex West Branch’s Board of Trustees is to govern the charity and provide overall policy direction to achieve its charitable aims in the most efficient and effective manner, consistent with the charity’s values and approach. The legal responsibility of the Board of Trustees is as laid out by the Charity Commission.


The Board of Trustees is constituted as a corporate body and consists of between 5–12 elected RSPCA members. The trustee’s role is voluntary, and trustees do not receive remuneration for their involvement.

New trustees are recruited through RSPCA Branch membership; national and local charity volunteer websites; networking; word of mouth; and local media.

Candidates for election must be nominated in writing by at least two eligible Branch members. Eligible candidates are elected by a majority of Branch members present and voting at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and candidates must have been members of the RSPCA Branch for three clear months prior to nomination. Trustees are elected to serve until the next AGM, unless their term of office is ended at an earlier date.

We are looking for enthusiastic, skilled, and committed new trustees to join our Board of Trustees. 

We would like to hear from people of all ages (over 18) from all social and cultural backgrounds, who have sound business, management and strategic skills, and passion for animal welfare. If you can commit time and bring different experiences and new ideas to the Board, especially income generation and PR and social media, we would love to hear from you.

Please send your c.v. and covering email to:

Nick Cockram – Chair 

Appointed trustee 5th March 2018.  Nick is semi-retired with a history of senior appointments with Hewlett Packard, Mars Corporation and De La Rue, where he was also Chairman of a joint venture company in with the Russian Central Bank.  He ran his own business specialising in currency authentication, which he sold and subsequently worked with many smaller businesses backed by venture capital organisations including Simoco, a supplier of emergency services systems, where he was Managing Director.

Maureen Falloon – Treasurer

Appointed trustee 5th March 2018.  Prior to retiring in 2017, Maureen worked for over 40 years in the not–for-profit sector, where she was International Director of Greenpeace marine division, Chief Executive of Healthprom, a UK based charity working in the former Soviet Union and locally, Chief Executive with Age UK Bromley & Greenwich. She has also worked as a Management Consultant with a range of charities and in the 70s, worked in the advertising and film industry in London and New York. Public service offices held include Governor of a College of Further Education and NHS Foundation Trust, Chair of the London Region of Age UK.

Selina Knight – Branch secretary

Appointed trustee 26th March 2024. Selina has held various senior E-Commerce positions for large Technology companies such as IBM,  Dell and most recently Apple – where she spent 10 of the 17 years based at their head office in California. While in US, Selina also volunteered with Silicon Valley Pet Project where she and her husband rescued their dog Gracie. They now live in Chichester where Selina enjoys working out, throwing pottery and making jewellery as well as sampling all the great food that West Sussex has to offer.


Paul Marshall 

Appointed trustee 5th March 2018.   Paul is currently the Leader of West Sussex County Council. He is an elected councillor and represents the Storrington Division.  Paul’s commercial background is in Retail & Marketing. He has held significant Director roles in his career and has a background of consultancy in Retail, Supply Chain and Marketing. He has a Masters in Retail & Marketing.

Laurie Church

Appointed trustee 26th March 2024.  Laurie currently works as a project manager for a small purpose led business with a focus on social impact. Prior to this, for the past 10 years, Laurie has worked within the charity sector in a variety of roles, including front facing client support, project coordination, service management and international project support. The primary focus within these roles being both domestic abuse and combating modern slavery and trafficking. For the past year, Laurie has been supporting at another local branch of the RSPCA in Fareham, with walking and spending time with the animals and with coordinating volunteers for fundraising events.

Claire Penhallurick 

Appointed trustee 19th August 2020.  Claire is Former director of Islamic and Indian Art at Bonhams, London, now has an antiques and modern design business in Petworth, West Sussex. Claire has five Lhasa Apsos and a rescue Bengal cat.

Mark Richardson

appointed trustee 7th April 2024.    A banker by profession, Mark held a number of senior positions with The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. He has sat on and chaired a number of academic boards in both the maintained and private sectors. He was a trustee of Canine Partners, the assistance dog charity, for fourteen years, chairing the charity for four of those years. Mark is passionate about the welfare of animals and the positive impact that they have on people’s lives.

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