Peacehaven cat lover and former local government senior officer joins Cats Protection's Board of Trustees

13 September 2016
Peacehaven cat lover and former local government senior officer joins Cats Protection

A cat lover from Peacehaven with a wealth of public sector and voluntary experience has been selected to join the Board of Trustees at Cats Protection, the UK’s largest cat charity.

Irene Campbell has been appointed to sit alongside eight fellow volunteer Trustees to help steer the governance of the charity, which has its head office in Chelwood Gate, Sussex.

Irene, who lives with her own cat Linnea, was previously Assistant Director of Customer and Community Services at East Sussex County Council before taking early retirement this year in order to focus on other interests, including her voluntary work.

With a degree in modern languages and a PhD in English Literature, Irene also has vast experience in overseeing the development of public buildings.

As well as acting as a Trustee for various charities over the past 20 years, Irene also has previous experience volunteering for Cats Protection, having helped set up a branch in Burgess Hill more than 30 years ago.

Irene said: “I’m a huge cat lover and a great supporter of the voluntary sector, so it really is a privilege to join Cats Protection’s Board of Trustees. The charity has a great forward-thinking ethos, and I’ve been so impressed by the work it does in campaigning to improve feline welfare and educating the public on cat care, as well as the sheer number of cats it helps through its rehoming and neutering work.”

Cats Protection is the UK’s largest cat charity, helping over 500 cats every day through a network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres.

Heather McCann, Chair of Trustees at Cats Protection, said: “We are delighted to welcome Irene onto our Board of Trustees. Irene brings enormous experience in interacting with the public and we know this will be a great benefit to help shape the future of Cats Protection.”

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Notes to Editors:

  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 200,000 cats each year, or over 500 each day, through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres.
  2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  4. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at