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National Animal Welfare Trust appoints Rob Mitchell as new Chief Executive

The Trustees of National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) are delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Mitchell as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Rob joins the charity following a successful career in retail - starting out at B&Q and rising through the ranks, latterly working as General Manager, shop operations with the John Lewis Partnership.

His appointment coincides with a landmark year for the charity as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Rob Mitchell

Rob succeeds Clare Williams who retired earlier this year after spending eight years as CEO.

Outside of working life, Rob has been an active volunteer in animal rescue for the past nine years. He and his wife have fostered more than 50 dogs over that time, working with a local charity near to their home. Two of them – Collie cross Shannon and German Shepherd cross Kayla – have become permanent residents. A third, Boxer cross Bailey, is on a long-term foster.

Commenting on his appointment, Rob said: “Having always worked in retail before, I’m really looking forward to taking on a role where I’ll be adding value and making a difference to animals’ lives.”

“It’s a very exciting time to be joining the charity. The COVID pandemic has forced organisations to look at how they operate and to adapt to new ways of working. Change is now the new normal and I’m really looking forward to working with my colleagues to explore what they have learnt during these strange times.

“I’m also really looking forward to meeting and hearing more from our volunteers and supporters who so generously help with their time and donations”

NAWT Chair of Trustees Laura Magee said: “Clare Williams has left a long and lasting legacy on the charity since first joining as a volunteer home checker back in 2007. We look forward to a future date when we will be able to arrange a more official send-off in person to thank Clare for all her work.”

“We are delighted to welcome Rob to NAWT. He brings a wealth of experience and offers fresh perspective, energy and ideas to enhance NAWT, whilst maintaining our core values.”