Board Members

Lynne Bradshaw President. Lynne is the founder of a medical technology consultancy.

Ian Cowie PSM Vice President. Ian is the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Gosnells.

Michelle Mackenzie. Michelle is an Executive Director for a State Government agency.

Giselle Di San Marzano. Giselle is a senior State Government lawyer.

Graeme Boden. Graeme is a Financial Executive

Pamela Hass. Pamela is a lawyer with extensive experience in legal and governance roles.

Alwyn Vorster. Alwyn is a mining industry professional and is currently the Managing Director of BC Iron Ltd.

Renata Paliskis. Renata is a farmer and has extensive experience in agribusiness. 

Rob Egerton-Warburton. Rob is a 7th generation farmer, producing sheep for wool and meat.

Michelle De Ronchi. Michelle is the CEO of a leading national provider of at-home care and support services.

 

Lynne Bradshaw


Lynne has held the office of President since 2004. She was also the National President of RSPCA Australia between 2006 and 2013.

Lynne has strong skills across business development, strategic marketing, financial and business management, as well as product management, commercialisation and market development.

Lynne has a 30 year career in business development in the healthcare industry, with experience in senior management and director positions in both public and private entities, locally and internationally. Her focus has been on building businesses, either from start-up, or by taking SMEs through acquisition and merger to eventual sale or public listing. Lynne has a particular interest in supporting locally developed medical technologies through commercialisation as part of the growth strategy for these businesses.

Before moving to Australia in 1985, Lynne was a committed member of RSPCA UK. She has also been an active member in the Fauna Rehabilitation Foundation (now Native Animal Rescue) and is a current member of the Telethon Institute Animal Ethics Committee, the Ausbiotech WA Committee and is the RSPCA WA representative on the State Government’s WA Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

 
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Ian Cowie PSM

Ian is the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Gosnells, a position he has held since 2009. Previously, he was the Director of Governance and Strategy at the City of Joondalup for three years and a Director at the Department of Local Government for over 10 years, where he represented Western Australia on the Commonwealth Government’s National Consultative Committee on Animal Welfare and participated in the development of Australia’s first National Animal Welfare Strategy. Ian was also responsible for the development and implementation of Western Australia’s current Animal Welfare Act 2002. 

Ian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with first class honours from the University of Western Australia and a Masters Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

In June 2014, Ian received the Public Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours, for his outstanding public service, particularly to the City of Gosnells.

 

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Michelle Mackenzie

Michelle holds an Executive Director position within a WA State Government agency. Prior to this, Michelle held senior level roles in community relations at Rio Tinto and at the WA Local Government Association (WALGA), where she was Executive Manager Infrastructure.

Before moving to Perth in 2003, Michelle worked for local government agencies in the Pilbara and on remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley. A recipient of national and state awards for her work in local government, regional development and reconciliation, Michelle has a Master of Arts in Public Policy, a Bachelor of Music/Arts with Honours from the University of Melbourne. She is also a graduate with an Order of Merit from the Australian Institute of Company Directors' course and is a Fellow of Leadership WA. Michelle has a strong and lifelong interest in animal welfare with a particular focus on higher welfare farming practices. Michelle and her family live with their dog Ninja and cat Habibie.

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Giselle Di San Marzano

Giselle is a senior lawyer at the State Solicitor's Office and has a law degree from The University of Western Australia together with nearly 30 years' experience of varied legal practice in the government sector, both Commonwealth and State. Giselle currently specialises in the equal opportunity and discrimination areas of law and undertakes work for a variety of State Government departments and agencies.

Giselle has a lifelong love of animals and a particular interest in animal welfare. She is a member of the RSPCA Perth Auxiliary and a volunteer dog walker at the Malaga shelter. As well, Giselle is a member of the Board of the Cat Haven and volunteers at their shelter and to help support fundraising events. Giselle has three rescue cats and a dog called Red.

 

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Graeme Boden

Graeme has an economics degree from Monash University and then had 25 years' experience in the finance and administration/planning and evaluation functions of large resources companies before forming his own corporate services business in 1998.

Graeme's employers in the resources sector included BHP Melbourne, CRA Ltd, the Gwalia Group and two of the largest US companies. Graeme has previously been very involved in professional associations including as a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The current clients of Graeme’s business include a range of unlisted and ASX listed companies, initially mostly biotechnology/healthcare and, more recently, mostly resources. Graeme and his employees handle corporate matters such as mergers, IPOs, routine governance, accounting and administration services.

Graeme's involvement in the not for profit sector has principally been in education, including seven years on the governing body of a leading independent school, initially as Chair of the Finance Committee and subsequently Deputy Chair of the Board. He was founding Treasurer of the Learning & Attentional Disorders Society of WA and has served 20 years in that role. 

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Pamela Hass

Pamela held a variety of senior legal positions before joining Curtin University as General Counsel where she established the university's first in-house legal service providing advice in administrative law, governance, intellectual property, dispute resolution, contract/commercial law and property law. Pamela then moved to Sydney where she worked as General Counsel at Macquarie University and returned to Perth in 2008 as University Secretary, Director of Governance and Special Legal Counsel at The University of Western Australia.

In 2010, Pamela moved from the university sector to the Department of State Development as Principal Legal Counsel, Legal and Commercial Strategy, where she heads a small in-house legal team working on the State's major resources projects.

Pamela holds a Bachelor's degree in Law (with honours), a Master's degree in Law and an Arts degree. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was an elected member of the Council of the Law Society of WA and a Board member of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. She was also the first national president of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association from WA.

Pamela is passionate about animal welfare and has a special interest in finding a solution to the welfare problems arising from puppy farming. She has always owned dogs and currently has two Golden Retrievers named Morgan and Katy.

 

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Alwyn Vorster

Alwyn has more than 25 years' experience with numerous mining houses in technical and commercial management roles covering the total supply chain from mine to market for iron ore, coal and other minerals. 

He is currently the Managing Director of BC Iron Ltd and previously was Group Executive Mining at Australian Capital Equity (Kerry Stokes Group), and Managing Director of Iron Ore Holdings Ltd.  Mr Vorster is also an executive committee member of the Australia China Business Council and a Non-Executive Director of Volt Resources Ltd.

His key areas of contribution to the RSPCA Board include Board governance experience, risk management expertise and strategic business planning.

 

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Renata Paliskis

Renata grew up on a farm in NSW. She studied Agriculture, majoring in Grazing Animal Husbandry and Wool & Pastoral Science. Her first job was as a meat and livestock buyer for a supermarket chain before progressing through the industry working for the Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation and Metro Meat and going on to become Regional Director of the WA Department of Agriculture. Renata played a major role in the introduction of the Meat Standards and the Kimberly Aboriginal Station Skills Training Project.

For nine years, Renata was Chief Executive of the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority, responsible for the construction in 2010 of the Muchea Livestock Centre, the largest undercover dual species saleyard in the southern hemisphere. During this time, she worked with members of the supply chain to develop the Animal Welfare Standards for Western Australian Saleyards, which was launched by the State and Federal Ministers for Agriculture in 2008.

Renata has a Masters Degree in Business Administration, a Diploma in Leadership & Management and a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Accounting. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. She runs a small farm with 80 cows, producing forward store weaners for the feedlot market with her two children, Thomas and Alexandria.

 

 

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Robert Egerton-Warburton

Rob is a 7th generation farmer from Kojonup who farms over 4000 ha, producing sheep for wool and meat, as well as mixed grain, with his wife Jennifer and two daughters. The family farm is also home to a wildflower seed production business.  

Rob has always had a passion for farming, particularly for the sheep industry, and for natural resource management.  This extends beyond the farm gate as Rob has participated on numerous boards and committees, to provide input into the many issues that impact on farming.

Rob is on the Board of Merinotech, a Kojonup-based Merino genetics company, producing some of the highest ranked Merinos within sheep genetics, distributing 500 rams per year. He was Chair of the Sheep Industry Leadership Council of WA for four years and, from 2005 to 2007, was a member of the Australian Wool Innovation Sustainable Production Committee, which provided direction on the issue of 'No mulesing by 2012.' 

Rob is an enthusiastic promoter of farming in WA. He regularly speaks at industry meetings and his comments feature in rural State-wide newspapers and radio programs such as the ABC's Country Hour.  He has a large international following on Twitter and for five years wrote a regular column in a British newspaper, providing insights from an Australian farmer's perspective.

In 2010, as a Nuffield Scholar, he studied the use of mixed farming systems internationally and found that increasing diversity also increases opportunity and reduces risk. Rob has presented at numerous national meetings to help farmers realise the importance of diversity.

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Michelle De Ronchi

Michelle has over 15 years’ executive leadership experience in the health and aged care sectors. She is currently the CEO for St Ives Home Care, a leading national provider of at-home care and support services and a registered training organisation.

As a committed advocate for issues around ageing positively and planning for an ageing population, Michelle is a Federal Board Director of the national peak body Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and a Committee Member of the LASA Admissions and Governance Committee, Human Resources Working Group and Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. 

As an avid animal lover, Michelle shares her home with two dogs, three cats, a chicken and her partner.  She believes in the ‘adopt, don't shop’ motto and that community engagement and education are key to effecting positive change in animal welfare, as well as tougher penalties for animal cruelty. 

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