The Trustees of The Donkey Sanctuary are delighted to announce that, following an international search, Mr Mike Baker has been appointed as the next Chief Executive Officer of the charity.
Mike, who will take up the position on 16 May 2016, has a long and distinguished career associated with the animal welfare sector and has specific experience of equine related issues. He will be taking over the top job from David Cook who retires after an enormously successful nine years in charge and who took the Charity to new heights in terms of reach and impact.
Said Professor Stuart Reid, Chair of the Trustees, “We are delighted to welcome Mike to The Donkey Sanctuary and are confident that he will build on the amazing legacy of David Cook. Staying true to the original vision of our Founder, Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, we will continue to pursue our mission of assisting donkeys in need wherever they may be, as well as enriching the lives of those who depend upon them. With a strong strategic plan, a recent rebranding and well advanced plans for our HQ in Devon, Mike will be taking over from David at an exciting time in our history. Advocacy and assisting those animals most at risk throughout the world will be an increasingly important aspect of our work and we are convinced that Mike will successfully lead us through the next chapter.
“Assisted by Odgers Berndtson, Mike was identified following a rigorous recruitment exercise that saw candidates apply from around the world. We have a global mission, an international reputation and we are fortunate to have secured a leader who shares this worldwide vision.”
Commenting on his appointment Mr Baker said, “I am truly honoured to be the next CEO of this remarkable organisation. I look forward to working with the excellent team and building on the success of David Cook and, of course, Dr Svendsen. It will be challenging and exciting but above all I know we will continue to alleviate suffering of donkeys worldwide and making a difference to those people who depend upon them.”