RSPCA NSW Board

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Dr Peter Wright –
    President

    Dr Wright BVSc, Grad Dip Ag Ec is a Veterinarian who runs his own practice at Goulburn, NSW and treats domestic pets, livestock, wildlife and other exotic species. He has a long involvement with animal care groups, including WIRES, and in assisting the region's local RSPCA inspector.

  • Graham Hall –
    Vice President

    Mr Hall is a Life Member of RSPCA NSW and has been an RSPCA Board Member since 1983. He is the primary producer and owner of ia family property near Young. He breeds Shorthorn cattle.

  • Doug Dean –
    Treasurer

    Doug Dean AM, B Comm, FCPA, FAIM, FAICD is MD/CEO Veolia Aust/NZ, Councillor University of Newcastle, Board of Advice ITLS Sydney University, Director MCA, plus various other Board positions in Australia and internationally.

  • Steven Coleman –
    CEO

    Mr Coleman GDip of Inv Mgt, MBA is the Chief Executive Officer of RSPCA NSW and the Society Secretary. He joined RSPCA NSW as an Inspector in 1991, and contributes to animal welfare in many ways. This includes sitting on numerous government and industry committees and advisory councils, such as the Animal Welfare Advisory Council that reports directly to the Minister for Primary Industries.

  • Paul O'Donnell

    Mr O'Donnell LLB (Hons) was elected to the Board in October 1998. He is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW and is particularly interested in the Society's efforts to respond to animal cruelty.

  • Wendy Barrett

    Ms Barrett Exec MBA, B Bus Dip Corporate Director, Grad Dip IR is Chairwoman of RSPCA NSW's Animal Welfare Policy Committee and is a Member of the Animal Care and Ethics Committee at the University of Western Sydney. She previously held the role of President of RSPCA Auxiliary and has a special interest in progressing animal welfare, animal care and ethics. She is also Business Manager for Transport for NSW.

  • Sarah Cruickshank

    Ms Cruickshank is a Senior Executive of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and has amassed two decades of experience in policy development, advocacy and strategic communications. Prior to this, she spent 10 years in a national public affairs company the last five years of which she was Managing Director. Throughout her life, she has been the proud owner of several shelter cats and dogs, and is passionate about protecting the interests of vulnerable animals in our society.

  • Carol Youdan

    Mrs Youdan OAM was elected to the Board in 1996. She first joined the RSPCA through the Taree Volunteer Branch in 1979, where she held all of the branch positions at some point during her time there. This included five years as a Voluntary Branch Inspector at a time when the nearest inspector was over three hours away. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community through the RSPCA in 2001, and was granted RSPCA Honorary Life Membership in 2007.

  • Andrew Givney

    Mr Givney was elected to the Board in 2010. He has worked as a Barrister-at-Law since 1987, following his retirement as a partner in a solicitors' practice.

  • Don Robinson

    Mr Robinson joined the Board in November 2014. Born in Young in NSW, he had a varied career before joining the NSW Police in 1971. He served in small rural communities across the state for 23 years, but resigned to take up the position of Chief Inspector for RSPCA NSW. He served for eight years, before becoming RSPCA NSW Manager of Branches and Properties. He is keenly interested in all facets of the RSPCA, but particularly in the branches and their operations. As an RSPCA Australia Farm Assessor, he carried out inspections of piggeries accredited under the Approved Farming Scheme. In 2012, Mr Robinson retired to an 60-acre farm in Grenfell in the Mid-West NSW, where he now runs a few cattle and an alpaca.

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