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It gives me great pleasure to introduce the charity’s Trustees’ Annual Report, which sets out, for our supporters and the general public, what we have achieved in the past twelve months and our future plans.
It has been another eventful year, with many important developments in our charitable work. The economic environment continued to be very challenging. The impact on us in previous years had not been as great, we suspect, as for other charities but last year we saw a significant fall in our income.
However, we remain in satisfactory shape financially both because of the strenuous efforts of the team to maintain income levels and control expenditure, as well because of the Foundation’s policy of holding a strategic reserve to meet contingency needs and our ongoing commitments. We entered the year having built up a useful cushion of reserves, the value of which grew well as a result of our disciplined investment strategy and so helped counteract the effects of the decline in revenues raised during the year. Nevertheless, we have had to take into account economic realities in our planning while maintaining our commitment to our vision and long-standing projects.
The section covering the charity’s Strategy and Plans on pages 4 and 5 highlights how we are delivering our charitable objects and our Chief Executive comments in detail on our projects and key achievements on pages 6 to 16 and summarises our animal welfare, conservation and education work.
In many respects, it was an outstanding year for the charity in terms of its campaigning and conservation work. I should like to highlight a number of initiatives that for me demonstrate the range and quality of what we do:
More details of these and other projects will be found on subsequent pages but, of course, none of our achievements would have been possible without our loyal and generous supporters and our many sponsors.
As ever, I would like to thank our staff and our excellent volunteers for their continuing hard work and dedication. Will Travers and his senior team – Alison Hood (Programmes Director), Anne Tudor (Marketing Director), Shirley Galligan (PR Director) and Stephen Chandler (Finance Manager) – provide first-class leadership. In addition, we are exceptionally fortunate that we have so many long service employees, and that our new recruits have not only blended in so well but have absorbed the ethos of what I am pleased to say is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading wildlife charities.
Chair of Trustees