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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.

Claire Penhallurick – Branch Secretary

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.

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.

Alexandra Faye 

Appointed trustee 25th June 2019. Alexandra is French and has lived in the UK for 31 years.   She has 15 years’ experience in teenager’s behaviour as a foster carer and as a Behaviour Manager in a secondary school for 13 years.  Alexandra also has experience in Marketing and transport, working for 7 years as a Manager for P&O ferries.  She has an Honours degree in French Studies, a degree in International Trade and is currently working on a level 5 in an Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour.

Mike Carter

appointed trustee September 2023. After serving for thirty years in the Army, Mike has since enjoyed a varied career as chief executive of a social care charity and as managing director of an explosive ordnance clearance business before moving into the satellite sector where he served on the executive of a major international provider.  On retirement he moved last year to West Sussex with his wife and two miniature dachshunds.

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