Heather McCann retires as Chairman
17 May 2017
At Cats Protection’s AGM held on Saturday 13 May, Heather McCann announced the sad news that she has decided to step down as Chairman after 12 years of holding the post. Heather joined the Croydon Branch of Cats Protection in 1998, subsequently joining the charity’s national Advisory Council in 2004 and then becoming Chairman in 2005. Heather will continue as a Trustee for the next year as well as remain an active volunteer for the Croydon Branch.
Heather has always been a passionate advocate for cat welfare. She has been instrumental in increasing awareness of the charity’s work with the public and at government level; she has encouraged a ‘one charity’ ethos that sees branches, volunteers and staff working together at all levels; expanded our work alongside other animal welfare charities – all to help even more cats.
Heather has overseen the development and opening of new centres and volunteer-led branches, enabling us to reach more people and increasing the chances of finding new homes for the cats in our care.
During her leadership there has been greater neutering presence in communities and strengthening the focus and governance of our charity.
Heather said: “I have been immensely privileged and proud to serve as Chairman of this great charity for the past 12 years. I have always believed the key challenge is putting the cats first and remembering that everything the charity does is about cats and improving their lot in life. Thank you to everyone who has supported CP over the years I’ve been Chairman and beyond. We have such wonderful supporters, members, volunteers and staff. I will take with me the memory that wherever I went with CP I always felt welcome. There is something we all have in common; a love of cats and a desire to do our very best for them.”
Peter Hepburn, Chief Executive said that Heather’s positive impact would be felt for many years to come: “She has led our charity with wisdom and skill through a period of immense growth and development. Heather has brought a precious combination of cat knowledge, business experience, excellent judgement and great passion for cats and Cats Protection.”
The Trustees have elected Linda Upson as the charity’s new Chairman. Linda was first elected to the board from Advisory Council in 2012, is very experienced in the workings of the charity at all levels and is an active branch volunteer, as Co-ordinator of Basildon, Brentwood & District Branch.
There will be a further update on Linda Upson to follow and an article with Heather McCann will appear in the autumn issue of The Cat magazine