Cats Protection appoints RSPCA vet as new chief executive

James Yeates, currently chief veterinary officer at the RSPCA, will take up his role in November

James Yeates with his cat, Monkey
James Yeates with his cat, Monkey

James Yeates has been appointed as chief executive of the feline welfare charity Cats Protection, the charity announced today.

Yeates, currently the chief veterinary officer at the RSPCA, where he has been since 2012, will take up his new role with Cats Protection on 1 November.

A spokeswoman for Cats Protection said his annual salary will be between £100,000 and £120,000.

Yeates is a qualified vet with degrees in veterinary science and bioethics, as well as holding a PhD and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons-registered specialist in animal welfare, science, ethics and law.

Cats Protection helps around 200,000 cats each year and Yeates said he plans on expanding the charity’s rehoming, neutering, education and advocacy work to help many more cats in the future.

Yeates said: "It is a great opportunity to join such an amazing organisation as Cats Protection and also a profound honour to join with such inspiring people – volunteers and staff. To be part of that is such a privilege."

Linda Upson, Cats Protection’s chairman of trustees, said: "I am delighted that we are welcoming James to Cats Protection. His extensive knowledge of the animal welfare sector, coupled with his love of cats, will make him a great addition to our existing senior management team.

"I am looking forward to working with him in the coming years as he leads the charity forward to fulfil our vision where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs."

Earlier this week Lewis Coghlin, currently director of fundraising at Cats Protection, announced he will take up the role of director of income at the RSPCA. Coghlin will take up his new role on 8 October.

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