Introducing the new CEO of the World Federation for Animals



The World Federation for Animals is delighted to introduce Dr James Yeates as its new Chief Executive Officer. James has over a decade of experience in advocacy for animal welfare and is currently CEO of United Kingdom-based NGO Cats Protection, the leading cat welfare charity, where he oversees the running of 35 centres and developed its 10-year growth strategy.

As well as his role at Cats Protection, James is a member of both the Scottish Government Animal Welfare Commission and DEFRA Animal Welfare Committee, advising Scottish and English politicians on companion animal welfare.

James originally worked as a clinical veterinarian while completing postgraduate qualifications in animal welfare science and bioethics, before entering the world of professional animal advocacy. Prior to his role at Cats Protection, he spent five years at the RSPCA as the Chief Veterinary Officer. 

“The Federation is the most important coalition for animals in a generation,” James said. “I am exceptionally proud and incredibly excited to be a part of it. Humans and animals face the biggest challenges we have ever encountered. We need to tackle these challenges with empathy, collaboration and compassion. I look forward to working with so many heroes of animal advocacy across the world.”

President of the World Federation for Animals, Britta Riis, says: “We’re excited to have such a passionate, qualified and experienced person joining our team at the WFA. As CEO, James will oversee the Federation’s advocacy strategy, develop membership recruitment and engagement strategies, and serve as the public face of the WFA and its vision for animal welfare.”

James will start his position on the 8th October and until then will continue to serve as CEO at Cats Protection.

Written by

Cass Hebron

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