Lynne Bradshaw AM RSPCA WA ChairpersonIan Cowie PSM Deputy ChairpersonMichelle MacKenzieGiselle di San Marzano

Michelle De RonchiDarren SmithAlice MannersHeather MacFarquharJamie Hamilton


Lynne Bradshaw AM


Lynne is the current Chair of RSPCA WA and a former President of RSPCA Australia. In 2018 she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia medal for services to animal welfare and business.

An experienced Director with a proven track record at Board level, Lynne is a strong advocate to Government and industry for improvements to live export, intensive farming and irresponsible dog breeding.

Lynne’s career in life sciences spans 30 years, having held senior leadership positions in public and private entities as well as consulting on business growth strategies and medical device commercialisation. Lynne has owned and operated her own businesses, developing these from start-up, or through acquisition and merger to eventual sale or public listing. Lynne is currently the proprietor of a medical technology consultancy.

Lynne is passionate about engaging the community in consumer led demand for humane food products thereby providing producers the opportunity to adapt to changing requirements. 

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Ian Cowie PSM

Deputy Chair

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 has an active interest in animal welfare, believing all animals should be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

Michelle has extensive experience in government, industry and the community sector and is CEO of a community based organisation. Prior to this, Michelle was an Executive Director in the Department of Regional Development, and held senior roles in community relations, policy and advocacy at Rio Tinto and the WA Local Government Association.

Michelle has worked in the Pilbara and on remote Kimberley Aboriginal communities. 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 and a Bachelor of Music/Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. She graduated with an Order of Merit from the Australian Institute of Company Directors' course and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Leadership WA. 

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Giselle di San Marzano

Giselle is a senior State Government lawyer.

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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Michelle De Ronchi

Michelle is an experienced leadership executive across varied sectors.

Michelle has over 20 years’ executive leadership experience in the health, aged care and training sectors. She is currently the CEO of Oryx Communities, a West Australian owned aged care provider. A committed advocate for issues around ageing positively and planning for an ageing population, Michelle served as 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 for several years.

As an avid animal lover, Michelle shares her home with two dogs, three cats 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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Darren Smith

Darren is currently Principal of Ambition in Motion, an organization which provides strategic planning and execution support with experience across a range of industries including mining, manufacturing, insurance and retail. 

From 2007 to 2015 Darren was Partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers. He completed the AICD Director’s Program in 2014.  He has been a strategy and management consultant to a range of industries for over 18 years, assisting Boards and executive teams develop and execute on growth strategy, operational performance improvement and innovation.

Darren has been a member of the RSPCA WA Audit and Risk Committee since he was appointed as an external committee member on 12 May 2016

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Alice Manners

Alice is a senior executive with 25 years’ experience working across Asia Pacific in a range of C-suite leadership roles.

She has experience in business innovation and transformation in the fields of digital, media & marketing. 

From 1998 to 2013 Alice was based in Singapore where she held several Asia Pacific roles with WPP, a global leader in marketing services. From 2013-2016 she was the CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Australia. The IAB is the peak trade association for the digital economy with over 45 IABs across the globe. 

Since March 2017 she has been in a business transformation role at Cash Converters, an ASX-listed international organisation. In February 2017 she was a selected participant in the Australian Institute of Company Directors pipeline programme for executive women. 

In 2014 and 2015 Alice was voted one of Australia’s Top 30 Women in Media in B&T’s Awards. 

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Heather MacFarquhar

Heather is currently Principal of Metis Consulting, an independent management consultancy which provides services and expertise across Australia in the areas of organisational development and change management; developing a performance culture; risk management; executive leadership; cross jurisdictional criminal justice and human services expertise.

Prior to moving to the private sector and setting up Metis Management Consulting in 2014, Heather was acting Commissioner (CEO) of the Western Australian Department of Corrective Services, and Deputy Commissioner (2006-2013).

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Jamie Hamilton

Jamie is currently Lead Partner of Deloitte's Strategy and Operations Practice in Perth.

Jamie has over 23 years of professional experience covering management consulting, corporate finance and audit disciplines, and including 5 years in industry. During his time in professional services, Jamie has managed large scale, complex projects, and managed teams on consulting and corporate finance engagements in Australia, Japan, South East Asia, Zambia and Mongolia. Jamie is experienced at dealing with boards and executive levels of clients and has experience as a listed public company Director. Jamie has extensive experience within the Western Australian energy, utilities and resources (mining and oil and gas) sectors.  

Jamie is a Chartered Accountant – Member of Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand. 

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