Become an AWF Trustee

We’re recruiting for new trustees

Would you like to be a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation? AWF is BVA’s animal welfare charity with a mission to use veterinary knowledge to improve the welfare of animals through research, education and debate.

We’re looking for 4 to 5 new trustees from the veterinary and animal welfare professions, from primary care through to academia and the commercial veterinary sector.

In addition to experience working in veterinary and animal welfare – we are also looking for people who possess one or more of the following skills: strategic planning, business leadership, knowledge of charity governance and finance, strong connections within the veterinary commercial sector and/or academia, an understanding of animal welfare legislation, experience of grant giving and assessment of research proposals.  We’re also particularly interested in applications from people with an interest in or understanding of human behaviour change and theory of change.

You’ll be joining a Board of 10 Trustees who have a range of specialisms and skills.

The Board is responsible for providing strategic direction to achieve its mission. AWF trustees play a very active role in the charity’s work, so this is a wonderful opportunity for a qualified veterinary or animal welfare professional who is keen to use their expertise towards giving animals a better life.

Time commitment

1 or 2 days per month

This is a hands on role and trustees are expected to attend three Board meetings a year, as well as AWF’s annual flagship event, the AWF Discussion Forum. In addition to this, they are also expected to engage with one or more of AWF’s subcommittees focussing on particular areas of the charity’s activity, such as grant making and professional education.

AWF’s current focus and goals

The current three-year theme for our work is Breeding for better welfare. We fund research around this theme and use it to inform our debate and education activities.  Students are important as the welfare advocates of the future and as such we offer free talks and research grants to students. Some of our goals for the coming years are to increase our engagement with key stakeholders in the veterinary and welfare sectors, expand our student and debate offering and become financially sustainable through our fundraising and income generation activities.


To apply please complete the application form and submit it with your CV to:

Before making your application, please read the role description which includes a person specification outlining the skills we are looking for.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 15th August

Interviews will take place between 12th and 23rd September



If you would like to speak to the Chair of Trustees about the role, don’t hesitate to get in touch here:


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