New chairman elected for Cats Protection

02 June 2017
New chairman elected for Cats Protection

A cat lover from Brentwood, Linda Upson, has been elected as the new Chairman of Cats Protection.

Linda takes over from Heather McCann, who stepped down after 12 successful years as Chairman at the AGM in May. She will lead the work of the charity’s nine volunteer Trustees, who are collectively responsible for Cats Protection’s values, strategy and overall performance.

A GP practice manager and garden designer, Linda lives in Brentwood with her cats that have been adopted from Cats Protection. A member since 1982, Linda has undertaken many volunteering roles throughout the years, including as a cat fosterer, as well as serving on the Advisory Council for ten years. Linda has also been a Trustee for Cats Protection for the last five years.

Linda said: "It is an honour to be Chairman of Cats Protection and I am looking forward to continuing the projects started by my predecessor, Heather McCann. We will be increasing the number of Adoption Centres, volunteer run branches, and Homing and Information Centres, as well as expanding our education programme to reach as many people as we can to educate them about cats, their needs and behaviours, to help us meet our objective of putting cat welfare first.

Cats Protection Chief Executive Peter Hepburn said: "I am really looking forward to working with Linda in her new role as Chairman. She is committed to our aims and the overall welfare of cats and her many years as a tireless volunteer for Cats Protection will be invaluable when steering the governance of our charity."