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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.
We have restructured our Report in line with the requirements of the Companies Act and Charity Commission guidance, and matters on which I previously commented are now covered elsewhere, so I shall restrict my introduction to a brief overview.
After a difficult time in 2012/3 in terms of revenues, last year was a highly successful one for us, with a broad-based strengthening of our position across our different sources of income. As a result, we were able to maintain and extend our charitable work and at the same time to rebuild our Reserves. Details of key elements of our exciting work follow later in the report; our reach and impact are stronger than ever before, although the challenges facing wildlife conservation efforts are equally increasingly acute.
A key change was in our executive team. Will Travers was the founder member of the team and has spent 30 years in leading the work of making Born Free what it is today. His award of the OBE was a just recognition of his significant achievements. He has now decided to relinquish his day-to-day operational responsibilities as CEO, to take up the new role of President, where he will be able to focus his efforts more single-mindedly on the external leadership of Born Free and in extending our campaigning footprint. He is outstandingly and uniquely suited to these new responsibilities. In his place as CEO, we were very fortunate in being able to appoint Adam Roberts, who was Vice President of Born Free USA. Adam has made an excellent start and together they will make a very strong top team.
I should like, as ever, to thank our staff and our excellent volunteers for their continuing hard work and dedication. Will, Adam and their senior team – Alison Hood (Rescue and Care Director), Anne Tudor (Marketing Director), Shirley Galligan (PR Director), Stephen Chandler (Finance Manager) and Marc Gumbrill (Operations 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.
Finally, I should also like to place on record the Trustees’ thanks to Andrew Newton who retired as a trustee after thirteen years’ service. Andrew also provided valuable advice and guidance as a Director of Born Free USA.
Chair of Trustees
9 September 2014