The chief executive of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Nick Stace, will be leaving the College at the end of summer, having accepted a new role as UK chief executive at The Prince’s Trust.
The charity ‘creates life-changing opportunities’ for those aged 11-30 and Nick has long-held a passion for making a difference to young lives.
He has set up three charities for young people: with learning disabilities; who want to campaign to change the world; and who want to break down the barriers to enjoying nature and the outdoors.
Nick has led the RCVS since September 2012 and has taken the College through a period of great change and modernisation.
During his tenure, developments at the College include a new Royal Charter, major governance reform, improved regulation of veterinary nurses, the instigation of Vet Futures, the introduction of the alternative dispute resolution service, significant evolution within the Practice Standards Scheme, the refocusing of RCVS Trust into RCVS Knowledge, the launch of Mind Matters, and the recognition of the College as a Great Place to Work.
Nick Stace said: “It has been a great privilege to be CEO of the College and to work with such amazing staff, such a progressive Council and such a decent and caring profession.
“It is no surprise to me that vets and vet nurses are among the most trusted professionals in this country, and in my view this is due to their professionalism and to the excellence of the Royal College in maintaining and advancing standards.
“I hope I have played my part in helping the College and the profession navigate through a period of great change and preparation for significant change to come.
“At The Prince’s Trust I will be focused on the next generation, helping to give young people the confidence and purpose they need to make a success of their lives and the world around them.
“I know from my own personal experiences of school, and the various charities with which I have been involved, how many young people are not given the best chance in life. I cannot think of a better mission to take on.”
RCVS president Chris Tufnell commented: “I feel very fortunate to have worked closely with Nick over his five years with the RCVS; he has made a tremendous contribution to the College and our professions. With his energy and drive, he has infused the College with a culture of openness, engagement and dedication and has inspired the team through some impressive achievements.
“Nick’s leadership will enable vets and veterinary nurses to fulfil their potential and it’s fitting that he’s moving on to a role which benefits the lives of others. Meanwhile, there’s a considerable amount of important work being done by the RCVS and I am confident that we have a strong team at Belgravia House to manage this until the new CEO is in post.”