The RSPCA today announced that Chief Executive Gavin Grant has stepped down with immediate effect because of medical concerns about his health.

Mr Grant joined the RSPCA in January 2012 and has been instrumental in raising the profile of the Society as well as laying the foundations for its long term future development.

Mr Grant said:

“It has been a huge honour to have held this post. The RSPCA is a magnificent organisation at the heart of what is the very best in humanity. The Society is blessed with great people both paid and volunteer. I wish it well as it continues to face huge challenges in ensuring it is ever stronger and able to meet the needs of our fellow creatures.”

Chair of Trustees Mike Tomlinson said

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gavin on behalf of myself and my fellow trustees for the very significant contribution he has made to the Society for a second time in his career. His drive, passion and deep love and respect for animals have impressed all that have come into contact with him.

“I would like to assure everyone that our day to day work for animals continues as usual. John Grounds will continue to represent the Society externally and cover the Society’s public commitments as appropriate. John, Ray Goodfellow and Michael Ward will ensure the work of the Society continues with the full support of trustees and their colleague directors. The Society’s Trustees will announce next steps regarding recruitment of Gavin’s successor in due course.”