Lewis Coghlin to head up RSPCA fundraising

Coghlin, currently director of fundraising at Cats Protection, will take up the role in October

Lewis Coghlin has been appointed as the new director of income generation at the RSPCA.

Coghlin, currently the director of fundraising at Cats Protection, will take up his new role on October 8, the RSPCA announced today.

Coghlin, who has 25 years of charity fundraising experience, oversaw the fundraising team at Cats Protection for the past seven years.

He previously worked at children’s medical research charity Action Medical Research, the British Red Cross and Help the Aged, which merged  with Age Concern England to become Age UK  in 2009.

He said in a statement that he wanted to "help the RSPCA achieve its huge fundraising potential".

According to financial accounts filed on the Charity Commission website, the RSPCA's income increased sharply from £124m in the year ending 31 December 2015 to £144m in the year ending 31 December 2016.

Sally Cornish, who has been interim director of income generation at the RSPCA for two years, will leave the charity in September.

The RSPCA said in a statement Coghlin had been appointed "following an open, rigorous and competitive selection process led by deputy chief executive Chris Wainwright and new chief executive Chris Sherwood".

Wainwright said: "We are grateful to Sally for the passion, professionalism, energy and enthusiasm she has brought to the RSPCA and we wish her well in the future. We look forward to welcoming Lewis to the RSPCA and to working with him."

Dominic Sullivan, acting chief executive of Cats Protection, said: "We’re very sorry that Lewis has decided to leave Cats Protection after seven years.

"He’s increased the charity’s income in his time here and will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues.

"We haven’t yet commenced the recruitment process for replacing him and are currently considering a number of options."

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