Michael Baker, chief executive of The Brooke, has been appointed as the new director general of the World Society for theProtection of Animals (WSPA).

He takes over from Major General Peter Davies, the current director general, who is retiring in the summer and will hand over to Mr Baker at that time.

On his nomination, Mr Baker said: “I am delighted to be taking up this role and having the opportunity to build on Peter’s excellent work. WSPA is uniquely placed to make a practical, long term difference for some of the world’s neediest animals and change the way their societies perceive them.”

Maj Gen Davies has been the director general for charity since 2002 and his retirement “marks the end of a very successful chapter for the organisation”, during which WSPA saw massive growth and development – not just in size, but in capacity and ability to influence policy and legislation worldwide.

He said: “When I reflect on my time here, there is much WSPA has to be proud of – not least our creation of this truly global animal welfare movement. Today, WSPA has a presence in over 150 countries around the world and the commitment displayed by every member of this alliance has allowed for some truly impressive achievements – the sound of so many voices speaking on individual issues has been a powerful tool for advancing global animal welfare.”

President Dominique Bellemare said: “I’m delighted to welcome Mike into this role and have no doubt that WSPA will continue to build on its successes under his leadership.”

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