Board of Trustees
Since becoming a charity in 2008 the League has been governed by a Board of Trustees. Many of our Trustees served as Committee members before the League made the transition from a limited company to a charity, and bring a wealth of experience to the organisation.
There are currently eight members of the Board of Trustees who decide the policy and direction of the League.
Peter has worked within higher education for over twenty-five years, most recently managing a strategic development and performance monitoring team. He has been involved in various animal welfare campaigns for over thirty years, and for the past twenty has focused on the League's. Peter was previously an Executive Editor for the League's magazine Protect, and is currently a member of the League's Finance & General Purpose Committee. He has frequently represented the League in the media in the South West, where he lives with his wife
- Iain Blake-Lawson (Chair)
Iain has been active in campaigns for the abolition of animal cruelty in sports for over twenty five years. He became Chair of the League in 2012, having been the League’s Treasurer for a number of years previously. He was a Director of a Learning and Development consultancy for 13 years. Iain specialises in organisational, team and leadership development having worked with many private sector and not-for-profit sector organisations including London Fire Brigade, The Arts Council England, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Westminster City Council, Essex County Council, Sainsbury’s, Games Workshop and Roehampton University. Iain has developed and delivered post graduate Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Diploma programmes. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) and Member of the Association of Project Management (APM).
Charlie is a life-long birdwatcher, has been working on conservation and animal welfare campaigns for many years co-founding the NGO Birds Korea and the campaign group Birders Against Wildlife Crime. As a League trustee he has a particular interest in shooting issues and the industry's associated use of snares and predator control. Charlie is also a podcaster, developing Talking Naturally, a channel that discusses conservation and animal welfare issues as well as highlighting the work of smaller charities.
- Professor Clive Nancarrow
Clive has a background in psychology and research methodology and contributes to the League’s research and education expertise. Clive has served as Treasurer, as a member of the Finance and General Purpose Group and he currently serves on the Marketing and Fundraising Sub-committee. Clive’s university research interests have focussed on research methods and more recently social and environmental issues related to road speed limits, cycling and the merits of online access panels for epidemiological research. Clive lives in Wales with his wife and two dogs.
Lorraine Platt is an artist by profession and has founded four voluntary animal welfare protection campaigns since 2010: Conservatives Against Fox Hunting- Blue Fox, Blue Badger, Blue Hare and the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation to help advance farm animal welfare. The Blue Fox Patrons include Government Ministers and two Knights of the Realm. Lorraine has organised many animal welfare parliamentary events which are well attended by MPs. The International Fund For Animal Welfare awarded Lorraine with the Campaigner Winner 2012 Award which was presented at a reception in the House of Lords in 2012. Awards also include the RSPCA Lord Erskine Award 2014 and Lorraine has been a Finalist in the Inspiration Awards For Women 2013 and the Ceva Animal Welfare Finalist Awards 2016. Lorraine supports many charities and has donated her paintings to raise funds for UNICEF, The Princess Alice Hospice and the Chase Foundation for teenagers with Cancer. Lorraine is a former Vice Chairman of the League and has been a Trustee since 2011.
Alan is Professor of Social Marketing at Bristol Business School, UWE. He is a long time supporter of animal welfare and has been a League supporter for many years. Alan’s expertise includes marketing, branding, and fundraising issues. Most of Alan’s work at present involves using marketing to promote social causes including healthy living and working for a cleaner environment. Alan has published a best selling book and has had over 100 peer-reviewed published papers in the aspects of marketing including charity fund-raising and how to influence and change behaviours using marketing techniques. Alan has been funded by organisations such as Public Health England, the Department for Transport, DH and Sport England. He is in demand internationally as a frequent speaker and appears in local and national media in the UK.
Chris helped lead the ‘Put Animals Into Politics’ campaign in the late 1970s, which led to the first manifesto commitment to ban hunting. He subsequently worked on the drive to secure local authority hunt bans throughout the 1980s and was heavily involved in the efforts to secure the 2004 Hunting Act. Chris lead a major unitary council; and served as an MP from 2010 to 2015, including three years as a Shadow Minister. Chris is currently running a local advice and advocacy charity and working as a political adviser to the Shadow Cabinet.
Andrew is an experienced Trustee, with an extensive background in the public sector. He is also a Trustee and Treasurer with the National Biodiversity Network; an independent Board member of the Shropshire Local Nature Partnership; a member of the transition committee of the Shropshire Hills AONB; and Lay Co-chair of the Clun Forest Rural Deanery. Andrew retired from a thirty-seven year career in the civil service and wider public service in 2014. He was latterly Executive Director for Science and Evidence with Natural England, following roles with the Metropolitan Police, Welsh Office, Audit Commission and Countryside Agency. As well as his work as a trustee, Andrew is a qualified leadership coach and has plans to write.
Vice Presidents: Peter Egan, Alesha Dixon, Penny Morgan, Annette Crosbie, The Rt Hon Baroness Smith of Basildon, Robert Evans, Adrian Sanders, Douglas Batchelor