Meet the Trustees
Cats Protection is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are all volunteers for the charity. The Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the charity’s vision, values ethos and strategy as well as for the overall performance. They ensure Cats Protection complies with all legal requirements and has the highest possible standards of governance.
The Trustees are advised by a group called the ‘Advisory Council’ who are elected on the basis of their cat welfare and professional work skills. Trustees meet eight times a year and four of these meetings are with the Advisory Council who guide them on the issues faced by Cats Protection.
Linda Upson (Chair)
Linda has been a CP member for 30 years, Co-ordinator at Basildon, Brentwood & District Branch since 2001 and a Council Member since 2007.
Linda’s professional background is within music and advertising. In 2000 she retrained as a garden designer. She now works as a practice manager for a GP surgery, and undertakes garden design projects when she can, alongside all her voluntary work for CP.
Linda lives with her large family of cats, all of whom have been adopted from Cats Protection.
Prof. Tim Gruffydd-Jones (Deputy Chair)
Tim is a lifelong cat enthusiast and has never been without a cat! Tim qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the Royal Veterinary College in 1972 and spent some time in practice. He joined the University of Bristol Veterinary School to pursue his interest in feline medicine, initially as Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB) Scholar.
Tim was appointed as first Chair in Feline Medicine in the UK and developed the feline group at Bristol which is now established at the Feline Centre, the only specialist feline facility within a University Veterinary School.
The Chairman of the Feline Advisory Bureau (now International Cat Care) for over 20 years, Tim is a longstanding member and supporter of CP; he served on Advisory Council for a year before being elected a Trustee in 2002.
Ms Wendy Bosler
Wendy was elected to the Board in February 2008 after serving on Council for three years. She is a retired Wills, Probate, Trusts and Tax solicitor with a special interest in charitable legacies.
Wendy originally came from Australia and studied law when she moved to Britain upon her marriage. She has been a member of the Law Society Probate Group and Reigate Women in Business Group.
Wendy volunteers for various organisations and has been involved with Wills promotions for a number of charities, including CP on a local level. She has supported Cats Protection for 20 years and is currently the secretary for Epsom, Ewell & District Branch. Wendy has been privileged to live with cats adopted from CP over the years and recommends the companionship of older cats.
Alison has served as Treasurer of her local CP branch for over 20 years, and also plays a major part in organising fundraising events and working as a fundraising volunteer. Several years ago, she set up the branch's very successful eBay account, which she runs single-handedly.
As a long standing committee member, she liaises frequently with other volunteers and keeps up to date with welfare and PR issues. She is a Life Member of CP.
Alison works in insurance as a senior personal injury claims negotiator for a major company. She brings her business and financial knowledge to her voluntary work with CP. She loves being part of a team which is making a big difference to the lives of so many cats.
Alison and her husband Simon have always had CP rescue cats and their latest is Crossley, adopted two years ago after he came into care having been badly injured as a tiny kitten. He makes their family feel complete.
Mrs Marion Price
Marion has had a successful career in the City of London where she set up and ran a number of successful new businesses for UK and Japanese banks. She was recruited to Coopers & Lybrand (later PricewaterhouseCoopers) as a senior partner to create a global business in public private partnerships. Since 2000 she has been a director and part owner of two small boutique advisory companies that work primarily for the public and private sectors in the UK and overseas. She has also represented a major development bank on the board of one of its investments in Bulgaria.
Marion has supported Cats Protection for many years and is passionately committed to animal welfare. She was appointed as an Independent Member of the Audit Committee in the autumn of 2009. Marion has always had cats and her current two are rescue cats, Lily and Rose. She also ran her own small cat rescue at her home, with over twenty cats at any one time, giving her first hand experience of the joys and sorrows involved in caring for cats.
Other interests include opera, ballet, the theatre, classical music, literature, seeing friends and foreign travel.
Angela became a Trustee in December 2010. She has spent time as a Cats Protection volunteer and wants to bring her financial and commercial experience to the Board of Trustees.
Angela has recently retired from her role as a partner at Ernst & Young LLP in London. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner.
She is an animal lover and cats have always been a part of her family. She and her husband share their life with two cats, Chablis and Truffle.
Her interests include travelling, walking, gardening, cooking, geology (she has a PhD in geology) and reading.
Ms Heather McCann
Heather has been a volunteer with our Croydon Branch for more than 12 years. She is currently the Branch Publicity Co-ordinator and is a member of the Branch Committee. Heather is passionate about cats and their welfare and has always been fortunate to have cat companions in her life.
Currently she and her partner have a young tortoiseshell called Ruby.
Heather spent almost all of her working career in the telecoms industry, primarily with BT. Her experience covered human resources, property and marketing. Heather was elected to the Board by Council in December 2005.
Trevor lives in Sidmouth, where he has retired following a career both as an academic social researcher and then 25 years running marketing services companies – with a number of major charities as clients as well as blue chip companies. He is a Fellow both of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and the Institute of Fundraising.
He was previously a Trustee of the Woodland Trust for nine years, and is now also a Lay Trustee of the British Society for Haematology and Chair of their trading subsidiary BSH Enterprises.
Trevor and his wife Patsy have been owned by a number of cats over the last 22 years and currently share their lives with Lucy, an elderly tabby adopted from the Exeter CP Adoption Centre. His other interests include writing, gardening, walking, photography and cooking.
Irene, who lives with her own cat Linnea, was previously Assistant Director of Customer and Community Services at East Sussex County Council before taking early retirement this year in order to focus on other interests, including her voluntary work.
With a degree in modern languages and a PhD in English Literature, Irene also has vast experience in overseeing the development of public buildings.
As well as acting as a Trustee for various charities over the past 20 years, Irene also has previous experience volunteering for Cats Protection, having helped set up a branch in Burgess Hill more than 30 years ago.
Irene said: “I’m a huge cat lover and a great supporter of the voluntary sector, so it really is a privilege to join Cats Protection’s Board of Trustees. The charity has a great forward-thinking ethos, and I’ve been so impressed by the work it does in campaigning to improve feline welfare and educating the public on cat care, as well as the sheer number of cats it helps through its rehoming and neutering work.”