Notice of nominated candidates for election to the Board of RSPCA WA
On 25 August 2017, nominations were called from eligible candidates for the election of four Board Members for three-year terms, in accordance with Clause 5.0 of the RSPCA WA Board Election Procedures.
The close of nominations was 12pm on 15 September 2017. Two nominations were received from the following candidates:
Michelle Mackenzie Michelle De Ronchi
RSPCA WA has verified to the Returning Officer that the candidates have been financial members of the Society for at least one year at the date the nominations closed, in accordance with Clause 11.2(b) of the RSPCA WA Rules. A brief biography from each candidate is below:
The RSPCA is a much valued organisation and it is an honor to serve on the board. I seek re-nomination as I am passionate about animal welfare and there is still so much to do to end animal cruelty.
The RSPCA must remain a strong voice for animals. I have lived and worked in metropolitan and regional WA and am committed to addressing animal welfare issues across the State, including companion animals, wildlife, intensive farming, and live exports. I believe by working with our members, government, animal welfare groups, industry, and the community, we can stop animal cruelty and foster economic development.
I am committed to good governance. I am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and have a MA in Public Policy. I would welcome the opportunity to continue to use my skills on the Board to be a strong voice for animal welfare.
Michelle De Ronchi
I have over 15 years’ executive leadership experience in the health and aged care sectors and am currently the CEO for St Ives Home Care, a leading national provider of at-home care and support services, including HomeCare Options and a Registered Training Organisation.
As a committed advocate for issues around ageing positively and planning for an ageing population, I am 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, I share my home with two dogs, three cats, a chicken and my partner. I believe 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.