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Monday, 28 September 2020


Brooke announces new Chief Executive

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BROOKE Action for Working Horses and Donkeys has appointed a new Chief Executive. Chris Wainwright, an experienced leader in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors, comes to Brooke from senior roles at the RSPCA and WaterAid, and will officially start his new role at Brooke in November 2020.

Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, Brooke’s Chairman, led the recruitment. He said:

“I and the Board of Trustees are very pleased to announce Chris Wainwright as the incoming Chief Executive. He is a perfect fit for Brooke, with experience working for a prestigious animal welfare charity and an experienced international NGO. He comes with excellent credentials and experience and the Trustees are delighted to welcome him to the Brooke family.”

Chris takes over from Petra Ingram, who stepped down in August after 11 years as Brooke’s Chief Executive. Nigel Wilson, Director of Programmes, will be interim Chief Executive until Chris starts officially in the role later this year.

Chris said:

“It is a real honour and privilege to be joining such a respected organisation.

“Brooke does outstanding work across the world making a real and lasting difference to the lives of working animals and the communities that need them. I am excited about building on the successes of the past whilst helping Brooke to make the most of the opportunities and adapt to the challenges of the future, particularly in such uncertain times. I can’t wait to get started, meet Brooke staff and, when we’re able to, meet supporters at future Brooke events.”

Chris arrives as Brooke starts developing a new multi-year strategy, characterised by adapting the charity’s work in the light of COVID-19 and its wider impact. He will be working with Brooke’s global leadership team to build on Brooke’s successes, and increase its positive impact on the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules in the years to come.

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