Trustees

Redwings Horse Sanctuary is a national charity in operation since 1984. The Charity’s mission is to provide and promote the welfare, care and protection of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.

We are looking for significant experience in one or more of the following – legal /retail strategy /charity management to join the Redwings Board. This is a volunteer role and includes attending quarterly Board meetings held on a Wednesday afternoon.

Our Head Office is in South Norfolk on a site which is also home to our Horse Hospital, Rehoming team, Administration and Mail Order warehouse. In addition we have five visitor centres, two in Norfolk, plus Warwickshire, Essex and Forfar (Scotland), and other sites which operate as sanctuary farms. Redwings employs over 300 staff and we are supported by volunteers in a number of roles.

We are a registered charity in England & Wales (1068911) and Scotland (SC045070) and have a wholly owned trading company ‘Redwings Enterprises Limited’ (Company 3524502) which covenants its profits to Redwings Horse Sanctuary. In 2005 we merged with Ada Cole Memorial Stables and in 2015 with Mountains Animal Sanctuary; both charities are now part of the Redwings family. In 2019 we merged with the Society for the Welfare of Horses & Ponies (SWHP), a charity in Monmouthshire (prior to the merger and their move from their rented facility, Redwings purchased a farm in Chepstow, now under early days of development).

Trustees are Directors of Redwings Horse Sanctuary, some are also Directors of Redwings Enterprises Limited. Trustees set the strategy and ensure that the charity is well-governed. The charity is managed by a Chief Executive, supported by a senior management team of two Executive Directors – Resources and Income & Engagement - and Departmental heads – Norfolk Equine Operations, Welfare & Behaviour, Veterinary Care, Compliance, Fundraising, and Communications. We have over 1,500 equines in our everyday care and around 700 out on loan in private homes.

We are listed in the annual Charity Brand 150 Index as one of the most well-known charities amongst the 165,000 charities in the UK (2018: 89th place).

We focus our spending on equine care yet our income demands are high, with typically over £11m needed for our everyday work and an additional £2m for capital works each year. Professional staff manage both our income generation and the financial controls of the monies we receive. We invest in staff training with an extensive programme for those that care for horses every day.

Interested candidates need to read the Trustee Briefing document (download below) for an overview of how the Board operates and how to apply. Closing date for receipt of applications is 9am on Wednesday 4th December 2019 by email to Liz Halford, Executive Assistant to the CEO - lhalford@redwings.co.uk