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Cats Protection chief moves on
24th January 2018

By Karen Pickwick
Photo by Mid Sussex Photography
 
After more than a decade as chief executive, Peter Hepburn is leaving Cats Protection.
 
Peter has been at the cat welfare charity since April 2007 and has led the Executive Management Team during a period of expansion and development.
 
He has increased Cats Protection’s income, increased volunteer numbers from 7,000 in 2007 to more than 10,000 last year and introduced the charity’s first Government relations team. He also oversaw the creation of a unique grief service that supports people whose cats have died.
 
More than two million cats have been rehomed or neutered during Peter’s time in the role, aided by the creation of new branches and adoption centres and the establishment of a community neutering team.
 
“It’s been a privilege to lead Cats Protection and to have played a part in such major developments for cat welfare,” said Peter. “I’m very grateful to our volunteers and staff for their support and for working so hard to make the UK a better place for cats – I’m incredibly proud to be part of this wonderful charity’s story.”
 
Linda Upson, Cats Protection’s chairman, said: “I am very grateful to Peter for everything that he has achieved for so many cats. His knowledge and experience of volunteering and charity management have made Cats Protection a much more dynamic organisation and we will miss his input, guidance and effective leadership.” 
 
Peter will leave the charity next month (February) and, while he is keen to explore new avenues of work, he plans to maintain his connections with animal welfare and the wider charity sector.
 
Cats Protection will shortly begin the process of looking for a new chief executive.