Petra Ingram, Chief Executive

Petra became Brooke's Chief Executive in 2009.

Petra with two of her horses

Petra with two of her horses

What time does your alarm go off and how do you start your day?

My alarm goes off at 5:20am, my day begins by feeding our five ponies and mucking out, before I jump in the shower, transform myself and catch the train to London.

What are you responsible for in your role at Brooke?

As Chief Executive I’m responsible for leading Brooke in the definition and implementation of our strategy. I get involved in building relationships to support the strategy, and engaging with our supporters who are amazingly generous and who make all our work possible.

How did you get your job?

I joined Brooke as Finance Director but was in the right place at the right time to apply, be interviewed for and appointed to the post of Chief Executive just a few weeks later.

What’s your typical day?

I don't really have a typical day, I can be in the office or visiting supporters, working overseas, meeting trustees or dealing with a range of challenges to support my team.

What’s your most memorable work moment?

Launching the 2010 Colloquium for Working Equids in India, bringing together 150 people from 32 countries to share and learn about how to improve the welfare of these animals across the world. It was a truly collaborative experience.

What’s the worst part of your job?

I don't really have a worst part, I'm lucky to be doing a job I love - working with some truly dedicated people whilst making a real difference to the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules and the millions of people they support.

...I love it when people pick up an idea, add to it and make it their own in a way which benefits the charity far more than I could have ever done.

What’s the best part of your job?

Beyond knowing that every day I am working towards improving the welfare of animals who are so important to so many people, I love it when people pick up an idea, add to it and make it their own in a way which benefits the charity far more than I could have ever done.

What would be your Plan B? What would you be doing if you didn't work at Brooke?

I always wanted to work with children, perhaps teaching them to ride and seeing their lives enhanced from being with horses. I'm particularly interested in how horses can help people with learning difficulties. There is a level of sub-conscious communication between people and animals that, when found, can bring many benefits. It is very satisfying to see people enjoying horses in this way.

What do you do after work?

I don't usually get home until nearly 8pm so it's just cook dinner and then off to sleep. My weekends are spent enjoying time with my ponies and my husband.

What makes you proud to be Brooke?

So much! But one particular moment that sticks in my mind was during a trip to Pakistan last year. I visited a brick kiln and met with the horse owners. A vet wanted to demonstrate what he had learnt from Brooke, and as he approached a horse, a noise in the background made the horse jump backwards. The vet just gently put his arm on the horse's neck to reassure him - I could see compassion in his eyes. It was such a fantastic example of how to handle a horse, it made me feel quite emotional to think Brooke had made that difference.

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