USPCA Issues Statement Following Previous Chief Executive Stephen Philpott Court Case

Further to the former Chief Executive Stephen Philpott pleading guilty to fraud at Newry Crown Court on 17th of September 2018 the charity has issued this following statement:

On becoming aware of apparent irregularities, the USPCA Board of Trustees initiated an internal investigation and being satisfied that there was a case to answer, passed the information to the PSNI. We would like to thank investigating officer Robert McAllen for his diligence in leading the police investigation and securing a successful prosecution.

These matters were uncovered as a result of actions taken by the trustees to strengthen governance oversight within the charity. It is with some sorrow more than anger, that our concerns have proved to be justified.

I can assure our members and the public generally, that the charity has remained fully focused on its core charitable objectives of preventing cruelty and relieving suffering in animals.

We look forward to a positive future under new leadership, making a vital contribution to advancing animal welfare in Northern Ireland.

Helen Wilson