Formerly Chief Officer Inspectorate, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (2008 - 2010).
Tim Wass joined the RSPCA from the RAF in 1988. As a field operative, he specialised in illegal dog fighting and related investigations before being promoted to lead the Inspectorate team in SE London.
Tim was promoted to Superintendent for East Anglia and the Midlands responsible for a large, geographically dispersed animal welfare team. He was responsible for the delivery of regional animal welfare services to the high standards set by the Society. This role entailed acting as the RSPCA's representive and spokesperson for the media and other groups.
In 2001, 2007 and 2008, Tim designed and led the RSPCA’s response to the Foot and Mouth Disease, Avian Influenza and Seal Distemper Virus outbreaks. During each outbreak Tim was seconded to Defra to represent the RSPCA within the National Disease Control Centre.
In 2004 Tim was awarded the MBE for services to animal health and welfare.
Whilst Superintendent, Tim specialised in Animal Welfare operations and delivery becoming the RSPCA's lead officer at tactical level for all national emergencies where the RSPCA was active. In addition to the outbreaks mentioned above, he managed the operational response to the floods in 2007 and 2009.
Tim's knowledge and experience of animal welfare together with his ability to articulate at all levels ensured that he became the RSPCA's national spokesperson in 2006. Reponsibilities included the management of media matters on behalf of the Society and acting as a lobbyist at local and national government.
In 2007 he was seconded to the Hong Kong SPCA to review their structure and service delivery.
In 2008 Tim was appointed to the post of Chief Officer. He became the “face” of the RSPCA through the award winning fundraising initiative “the biggest animal rescue ever”. He is an accomplished and effective communicator with many years experience working with, and appearing in the national media.
Tim now works as an Independent Animal Welfare Consultant. His reputation for innovation, problem solving and initiative within the sector is well earned and respected.