About Us

About Us

The RSPCA has a small but committed public affairs team who works closely with policymakers and other stakeholders to protect and promote animal welfare, which includes national governments, local governments, the police and fire and rescue services, housing providers, and many others.

We routinely provide timely briefings and reports on various issues to raise public awareness and influence decision-makers to improve animal welfare law and public policy across England. 

We provide advice and resources on specific animal welfare issues or complaints and work collaboratively with public-sector partners to ensure frontline teams can work together more effectively for animal welfare. 

We also provide the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare in Westminster and work closely with the Canine and Feline Sector Group, the Local Government Animal Welfare Group, and our sister organisations in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and around the world. 

David Bowles: Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns (England and Wales)
Claire McParland: Senior Public Affairs Manager
Marisa Heath: Public Affairs Manager (APGAW)
Harriet Main: Public Affairs Manager (Westminster)
Lee Gingell: Public Affairs Manager (Local Government)

You can contact the team by email at politicalaffairs@rspca.org.uk