Welcome to World Horse Welfare’s recruitment website. We hope that you will find our site of interest and that we have provided you with all the information you need to help you make the right decision in joining us.
We are currently looking to recruit a highly experienced finance professional to drive forward the charity’s strategic financial management across the organisation; this is due to the current Director of Finance retiring this summer.
World Horse Welfare is an international charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and around the world through education, campaigning and hands-on care. With over 50,000 supporters our values are to be realistic in our approach, compassionate in our attitudes and forward-thinking in anticipating challenge and change.
The role is based at the charity’s Head Office in Snetterton Norfolk but will require some travel commitments, including travelling to London and to the charity’s other rehabilitation centres in Somerset, Lancashire and Aberdeenshire.
Thank you for your interest in our charity. If you have the drive and the passion to help us achieve our mission, we can offer you a role that is not only hugely satisfying but brings great benefits and a stimulating and supportive working environment.
A message from the current Director of Finance Jane Crumpton-Taylor
‘When I joined World Horse Welfare nearly 5 years ago it was the result of a conscious decision to try a different sort of charity before I retired. I knew nothing about horses and had always ruled out animal charities. If the people here are at all representative of other animal charities that had been a big mistake because the staff and trustees here are among the most selfless, dedicated and friendly people I have ever worked with. They are also sensible, reasonable, know how to enjoy themselves and very compliance oriented whether it’s about data protection or health and safety.
I have not previously had a role which had such depth from strategic development to head office plumbing; it has all been tremendous fun (perhaps not the plumbing). We are proud to have very lean support teams here and people who will help each other out.
The charity is at an interesting point in its 90 year history. You can see from the accounts that the balance sheet is sound and that gives us scope to develop - but we have, like other charities whose income is about 40% voluntary donations, a big challenge in the Fundraising Regulator’s and the Information Commissioner’s interpretation of the Data Protection Act. Fundraising, Finance and Communications work together here and while we are quietly confident that we are doing all we need to comply with the GDPR next year we have to keep an eye on the regulators.
We have four visitor centres and their development to help support the charity will be a big part of your role over the next few years; we have made a start but there is still a lot to do. The successful candidate will find this role challenging, rewarding but most of all enjoyable.’
World Horse Welfare was founded in 1927, as a campaigning organisation to prevent the export of live British horses for slaughter.
When our founder Ada Cole witnessed a procession of work-worn British horses unloaded at the docks of Antwerp and whipped for four miles to slaughter, she was determined to stop the appalling cruelty of these journeys. Ten years later our campaign succeeded, and almost 90 years on World Horse Welfare is still driven by the same desire to stop unnecessary suffering, using a practical approach and scientific evidence to deliver lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world.
When we were founded in 1927 our approach to helping horses was based on these four core principles, which we still hold today.
We believe that horses and humans have evolved a unique partnership and that horses have an important role in society. Whether working animals, family pets, equine athletes, conservation grazers or companions, horses contribute to our lives, cultures and economies. This partnership is right so long as we take full responsibility for their welfare.
In all of our work we strive for lasting change rather than short-term fixes. We try to treat the source of a problem rather than just the symptoms. Our focus is finding long term, sustainable solutions that raise welfare standards in the short term as well as over time.
We are a charity that believes in taking a practical approach to solving problems. We focus our efforts on what is achievable, and aspire to work constructively with others to create change.
We base our work on scientific evidence and on our 90 years of horse care experience. We also support research to improve horse welfare.
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World Horse Welfare's vision is a world where every horse is treated with respect, compassion and understanding.
Our mission is to work with horses, horse owners, communities, organisations and governments to help improve welfare standards and stamp out suffering in the UK and worldwide.
In everything we do, we aim to be realistic in our approach, focusing on the practical to achieve what is possible now while mindful of the future; Compassionate in our attitudes, behaviour and decision-making; Forward-thinking in anticipating challenge and change, always seeking new ways of being more effective.
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