Petra Ingram

Chief Executive of the Brooke with a passion for helping horses and donkeys across the world

Petra Ingram is Chief Executive of the Brooke Hospital for Animals. She was appointed in July 2009 following a short period as Director of Resources. The Brooke is the UK’s leading overseas equine welfare charity and aims to improve the lives of horses, donkeys and mules working in the poorest parts of the world. It has an income of circa £18 million and employs around 1,000 staff. The Brooke undertakes charitable activities in 11 countries, working both with direct service provision and in partnership with local NGOs. Petra has been employed in the international charity sector since 2003 and was previously a Director at Sightsavers International.

Before embarking on a career in the charity sector, Petra worked for 14 years with the Gillette Company both in UK and across Europe, in a variety of operational and strategic roles. Her greatest achievement was leading a project to implement a European Shared Service Centre, setting up financial process and systems, and recruiting/relocating 120 staff from across 16 European countries. This was achieved on time, within budget costs and delivered substantial savings.

Petra has recently retired from her role as a Trustee of The Resource Alliance, a not for profit organisation, who have a mission to help voluntary sector leaders worldwide acquire the tools to build the financial sustainability of civil society. The Resource Alliance is responsible for The International Fundraising Congress (IFC), the world's leading education and training conference on fundraising.

Petra is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a regular speaker at charity seminars and workshops. She is also Chairman of the British Horse Society West Sussex community and at weekends when not travelling overseas, she enjoys spending time with 3 horses, and is regularly involved organising training or competing at equestrian events.