Our dedicated Board Members are committed to tackling animal cruelty.

The Board

RSPCA NSW is governed by a Board of elected members who volunteer their time to preside over the organisation. The Board meets regularly to review organisational progress and assist in supporting strategic development.

Dr P Wright BVSc, Grad Dip Ag Ec


Dr P Wright 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.

Mr G Hall

Senior 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. He breeds Shorthorn cattle.

Mr B Pickup B.Ec ACA


Mr B Pickup is a chartered accountant who was formerly a partner at 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. He is interested in all aspects of the RSPCA, and particularly with assisting in financial matters.

Ms W Barrett Exec MBA, B Bus Dip Corporate Director, Grad Dip IR

Board Member

Ms W Barrett is a member of RSPCA NSW’s Animal Welfare Policy Committee and was a long standing 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 a Senior Executive Governance Manager at Transport for NSW.

Ms S Cruickshank


Ms S 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. She is currently on secondment from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, serving as Chief of Staff to the Premier.



Dr I 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. He is also a Director of RSPCA Australia.

Mr S Rushton SC, BA/LLB (Hons)


Mr Rushton is a barrister who has been in practice since 1986. In 2000 he was appointed Senior Counsel. In 2017 he was appointed a Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. He has a passion for animal welfare and the environment. In 2015 he was appointed Counsel Assisting the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry. He has been Environmental Counsel to the Environment Authority since 1995 and is a member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences.  As well as being a Life Member of RSPCA NSW Mr Rushton is a volunteer at the Sydney shelter.

Mr D Robinson


Mr D 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 a 60-acre farm in Grenfell in the Mid-West NSW, where he now runs a few cattle and an alpaca.

Mr P O’Callaghan, B.Bus, PostGrad Dip Mgmt


Mr P O’Callaghan has over 35 years’ experience in risk management for not-for-profit organisations, government enterprises and health services, among many others. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and was awarded the inaugural Certified Public Accountant (CPA) award for outstanding individual contribution to Victoria.

As well as serving on the RSPCA NSW Board of Directors, Mr O’Callaghan is currently Chairman of Andrew Kerr Care Ltd.

Ms M Steele, MA (Oxon)


Ms M Steele is a life member of RSPCA NSW and has been a supporter of the RSPCA since childhood.  She has a law degree from Oxford University and has worked as a volunteer with a number of community organisations in NSW over many years, including RSPCA NSW, where she worked with the Education Team and assisted in fundraising activities.

Mr S Coleman GDip of Inv Mgt, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Mr S Coleman 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 including the Animal Welfare Advisory Council that reports directly to the Minister for Primary Industries.

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