The new Chief Executive of Cats Protection recently started at the charity’s National Cat Centre in Sussex.
Peter Hepburn, 56, brings with him over 22 years of charity experience gained from a variety of organisations including Christian Aid, Stonham Housing Association, York St. John University and most recently Victim Support, where he was Deputy Chief Executive.
Peter, who lives in Brighton, started his career in the private sector, rising to become a company director in an international group of companies operating in the construction industry. Over the years he has been an active volunteer for a variety of charities, carrying out roles ranging from property care and maintenance, door-to-door fundraising collections, to being a Trustee.
Cats Protection’s new Chief Executive, Peter Hepburn
Heather McCann, Chairman of Cats Protection, said that Peter’s broad experience would stand him in good stead to lead the charity. “Peter’s understanding of volunteering, coupled with his business and charity management knowledge, made him a very strong candidate for the position.
We were keen to find someone who could move Cats Protection forward without losing touch with the grass roots of the organisation and we felt that Peter’s approach will support this strategy.”
Peter commented: “I have enormous respect for the huge amount of work that volunteers and staff carry out to look after cats. Cats Protection is an organisation that can be justly proud of its work and I’m delighted to be part of it.”
Peter is keen to build on the links that Cats Protection has with other animal welfare organisations and wants to ensure the work of the charity is always of the highest possible standard because ‘cats deserve and demand nothing less’.
Peter became a cat owner when he bought his first home and has been the proud owner of two Cats Protection cats in the past.