Our structure and strategy

The Vegetarian Society was born in 1847, formed by a plucky bunch of Victorian pioneers believing in a kinder world.

Ever since, bit by bit, that’s what we’ve been creating. We became a charity in 1969 (number 259358) and, in the same year, then became a company limited by guarantee (number 959115).

Our members are our heart…


The Vegetarian Society is a members’ organisation. It’s our members’ enthusiasm, goodwill and generosity that drive us forward. Membership is open to all, whether you want to spread the good word through volunteering and getting active in a local group, or just purchase membership and receiving our fantastic magazine – packed with news of all the good you’re making happen.

A structure built for success…

Heading up the organisation are our dedicated team of volunteer trustees. Trustees are recruited to meet a specific need of the charity, bringing their unique experience and know-how. If you feel you have something special to offer, then you might be interested in standing as a trustee.

We have 29 paid staffers beavering away across a range of areas – from product accreditation, to campaigning, fundraising and our much loved cookery school. Overseeing everything is Lynne Elliot, our Chief Executive, working with the management team and trustees to ensure our impact far outstrips limited resources.

Exciting times ahead…

Throughout our 160-odd years, we’ve led a world of change for vegetarians. But now, it’s time to step up our game even further. The Vegetarian Society has a 5 year strategy. It’s ambitious, but – with our wonderful community – it is achievable.

We’re going to inspire more vegetarians. We’re going to make food better, especially in school canteens, on hospital wards, and long-haul flights – the places we really need them. We’re going to increase choice in pubs and restaurants, drive a bigger range of choice in supermarkets, and help people feel proud of being vegetarian.  And that’s just the headlines. View our strategy here, do let us know what you think – ceo@vegsoc.org.

The numbers bit…

If you want the ins and outs of what we did last year, how much it cost and how we paid for it, please have a look at our Annual Report and Financial Statements. Further statutory and financial information is available on the Charity Commission website.


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Parkdale, Dunham Road, Altrincham WA14 4QG
Registered Charity No. 259358 (England and Wales),
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The Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom Limited, Parkdale, Dunham Road, Altrincham WA14 4QG
Registered Charity No. 259358, Registered Company No. 959115 (England and Wales)

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