A third trustee has resigned from the board of the RSPCA, the animal charity has confirmed.
The Mail on Sunday reported that Karen Harley, who was the charity’s treasurer, stood down from its ruling council because she feared her reputation would be damaged by internal wrangling.
The news comes after Chris Laurence and Sally Phillips stood down from the board in recent months citing concerns about the management and governance of the charity.
Resignation letters from Laurence and Phillips, seen by Third Sector, showed Laurence had been concerned for several months about the way the charity was being governed and managed, and Phillips cited concerns about the process of appointing a new chief executive and the treatment of RSPCA staff.
The charity has been without a chief executive since Gavin Grant resigned in February 2014 because of health concerns.
Phillips said the decision to appoint David Canavan, the charity’s vice chair, as acting chief executive and allow him to remain a trustee was an "appalling blurring of the governance and management of the RSPCA".
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said today: "We can confirm that one of our trustees has resigned from the council. We would like to thank Karen for her service and contribution to the society during her time with us and for playing a part in the RSPCA's very important role of ensuring the welfare of animals across England and Wales."