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 been long involved with animal care groups, including WIRES, and in assisting the region's local RSPCA inspectors.

  • 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 a family property near Young, NSW. He breeds Shorthorn cattle.

  • Brian Pickup –Treasurer

    Brian Pickup B.Ec ACA is a partner with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. His work involves accounting for businesses, as well as various not-for-profit organisations. As a registered company auditor with over 25 years’ experience, his work often requires him to provide expert evidence in litigation matters, which involve accounting and business issues. Brian is interested in all aspects of the RSPCA, and particularly with assisting in financial matters.
  • Steven Coleman –
    CEO

    Mr Coleman GDip of Inv Mgt, MBA is the Chief Executive Officer of RSPCA NSW. 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 at 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.

  • Dr Ian Roth

    Dr Ian Roth worked as a veterinarian with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) for 40 years in biosecurity and animal welfare. He managed the NSW DPI’s Animal Welfare Unit and worked closely with RSPCA NSW. Until his retirement in December 2015, he was the Chief Veterinary Officer for NSW. His career successes were recognised with a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to veterinary science, particularly pertaining to animal welfare and biosecurity in NSW.
  • 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, 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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