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New Chairman for the UK’s leading feline welfare charity

CROYDON cat lover Heather McCann has been elected as the new Chairman of Cats Protection.

Heather will lead the work of the charity’s seven Trustees, who are collectively responsible for policy and the general management of the charity. She has replaced Eleanor Walls, who recently stepped down as Chairman after three years.

Heather has been involved at a senior level for some time, including being a Trustee for the past 12 months. She has also been a volunteer with the Croydon Branch of Cats Protection for seven years, carrying out a variety of tasks including organising publicity, home visiting, staffing the Branch helpline and giving talks about the work of Cats Protection to local groups.


Heather spent almost all of her working career in the telecomms industry, primarily with BT. Her experience covered human resources, property, and marketing communications. She and her partner have two much-loved 11-year-old black cats called Mac and Mabel.


Heather will be supported in her role by newly-elected Deputy Chairman Ken Hughes. Ken has been a Trustee of CP for the past four years and a volunteer with the Tamworth Branch of Cats Protection for 16 years, most recently assisting with fundraising. He was a human resources manager when he retired from his 34 year career with British Rail. Ken and his wife Helen currently have four cats called Shelley (13), Martha (8), Bibby (10) and Lucy (13).


Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, rehoming around 60,000 cats through its nationwide network of 29 Centres and 260 voluntary-run Branches. The charity is always looking for loving homes for the many cats in its care. To find out more about the work of Cats Protection, please call the charity’s Helpline on 08702 099 099.