Chief executive officer of Battersea, Claire Horton, has been awarded a CBE in recognition of her services to animal welfare in the 2020 New Year Honours List.
She joined Battersea as Chief Executive in March 2010, bringing with her a wealth of operational and strategic leadership experience from the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, and a passion for animal welfare.
In almost a decade at Battersea, Horton has led the “total transformation” of the charity, securing year on year growth, increasing its income, profile and animal services and leading to it becoming a top 10 charity brand.
She has led large national and small regional charities for over 30 years and spends much of her time promoting collaborations and partnerships between organisations.
Along with her Battersea role, Claire chairs the umbrella body for rescue and rehoming organisations for the British Isles, ‘The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes’ and sits as a member of Defra’s “Animal Health & Welfare Board for England.”
Commenting on Claire’s CBE, Battersea chairman, Amanda Burton said: “We’re delighted that Claire’s outstanding achievements in animal welfare and as chief executive of Battersea have been recognised.
“Claire is committed to working in partnership across multiple sectors and promoting collaboration between organisations and teams. Under her leadership, Battersea has driven campaigns that have successfully changed legislation and have improved the lives of thousands of dogs and cats.”
Commenting on the award Horton added: “I’m absolutely thrilled and deeply honoured to have been awarded the CBE. Recognition such as this never comes from the work of just one person, it is borne from the combined efforts of hundreds of people over many years, each one working to deliver better lives for dogs and cats, not just within Battersea but across the British Isles and beyond.”