BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lynne Bradshaw AM RSPCA WA ChairpersonIan Cowie PSM Deputy ChairpersonMichelle MacKenzieGiselle di San Marzano
Pamela HassRenata PaliskisMichelle De Ronchi

 

 

    
   


Lynne Bradshaw AM

Chairperson.

Lynne is the founder of a medical technology consultancy.

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

Deputy Chairperson.
Ian is the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Gosnells.

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 is the Chief Executive Officer of a not-for-profit community-based organisation.

Michelle has extensive experience in Local and State Government, industry and the non-Government sector and is currently CEO of a not-for-profit community based organisation. Prior to this, Michelle was an Executive Director within the WA State Government, and held senior roles in community relations at Rio Tinto and at the WA Local Government Association (WALGA).

Before moving to Perth, Michelle worked for many years 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 and a Bachelor of Music/Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. She is a graduate with an Order of Merit from the Australian Institute of Company Directors' course and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Leadership WA. 

Michelle has had an active, lifelong interest in ending animal cruelty through engagement, education and legislative reform, and believes that all animals should be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

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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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Pamela Hass

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

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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Renata Paliskis

Renata is a farmer and has extensive experience in agribusiness. 

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 managed a team of 30 project managers (located from Kununurra to Esperance) the deliverables of which included the introduction of Meat Standards Australia in Western Australia and Kimberley Aboriginal Station Skills Training.

For nine years, Renata was Chief Executive of the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority, responsible for the design, construction and operation of the Muchea Livestock Centre, the largest undercover dual species saleyard in the southern hemisphere which opened in 2010. 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.

She is currently Director with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, responsible for leading a team responsible for land assembly in the north of the state. Projects include Ord Stage 2 and Pilbara Ports Development.

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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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 sectors and training sectors most recently as CEO for St Ives Home Care/Enrich Living Services, one of the largest National Home Care Providers. A committed advocate for issues around ageing positively and planning for an ageing population, 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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