Philip Lymbery - Chief Executive

Our aim is simple: to put an end to factory farming within a generation. We’re already making progress and I’m optimistic about achieving our goal.

Philip Lymbery - Chief Executive

Philip became the Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming in 2005 and, since then, he has shaped our vision to end factory farming by the year 2050.

He is passionate about animal welfare and is focused on strengthening the organisation’s European and international presence, engaging with food industry companies, influencing global policy makers, and driving the agenda for legislative reform.

Philip’s sights are firmly set on ending factory farming worldwide not only for the benefit of animals, but also for people and ultimately the planet. He believes passionately that the future of our food relies upon achieving truly humane and sustainable food production globally.

With over twenty years experience in animal welfare, Philip’s former roles include Director of Communications for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). He has also been a freelance campaigner and strategist.

Throughout the 1990s, Philip was Compassion’s Campaigns Director, leading our successful European campaign to ban battery cages. He also played a major role in our high profile and award-winning campaign to ban live animal exports.

Philip’s view is unwavering:

Animals are sentient beings. They feel pain. They can experience a sense of emotional well-being and understand the difference between comfort and sadness.

Further information

Philip’s interest in animals was inspired by a gift given to him as a child by his grandfather – a book on wild birds. A birdwatcher since the age of 12, he has led birdwatching tours abroad professionally for 10 years and is a licensed bird ringer for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

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