RSPCA South Australia Board
RSPCA South Australia is governed by a Board of twelve elected members. The Board is responsible for establishing the organisation's long term strategic direction, approving and monitoring organisational performance against budgets and plans, service standards and policy, and ensuring RSPCA South Australia acts lawfully and responsibly. The Chair of the Board is the President, who also represents RSPCA South Australia on the board of RSPCA Australia, the national federation of all RSPCA member societies.
Sheree Sellick - President
With a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Sheree has more than 30 years experience owning and managing a number of retail, manufacturing and investment businesses, and has spent the last 15 years in architecture, property development and management. Since 1980, Sheree has volunteered at several non-profit organisations as Treasurer and Publicity and Marketing Officer and has also been the South Australian Volunteer Coordinator for Animals Asia. Sheree serves on the Board’s three standing committees - Finance, Audit and Risk (member), CEO Performance Review and Support (Chair) and Animal Welfare Policy (Chair) - and chairs all other Board committees convened for special purposes. Sheree is also Vice President of RSPCA Australia, the national federation of all RSPCA member societies.
Jerry is a professional company director. In addition to his role on the Board of the RSPCA South Australia as non-executive director and Chairman of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Jerry’s directorships include Chairman of Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd. and Berger Paints India Ltd., Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Bolix SA (a building materials company in Poland) and Sundrop Farms (greenhouse technology and horticulture). Jerry’s previous executive roles include Managing Director of Orica Consumer Products (Australia and New Zealand), President and CEO of Box USA (USA), Chief Executive of Amcor Fibre Packaging (Australia), Vice President and Director, Business Development, of Kraft Foods (Asia-Pacific) and consultant, the Boston Consulting Group (USA). Jerry was educated at the Harvard Business School (MBA, 1979) and the University of Washington (BA, 1975) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
A former journalist and public relations consultant, Maria has worked for a range of media in Adelaide and Sydney, including ABC News, the Sunday Mail and the Sydney Morning Herald, and has extensive experience in organising major events. In the last ten years Maria has focused on producing educational videos for various animal charities to help raise awareness of the plight of intensively farmed animals including pigs and chickens. One video produced for UK-based charity Compassion in World Farming, narrated by Hugo Weaving, was distributed widely throughout Australian schools. Maria serves on the Animal Welfare Policy Committee.
Professor Mary Barton BVSc, PhD, Dip Bact, MBA, FACVSc, HonDVSc.
A Professor of Microbiology, Mary has had a lifetime involvement in animal welfare. A past Chair of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee SA, Mary is also past Chair/continuing member of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory Security Assessment Group, national Past President of the Australian Veterinary Association, a past/current member of a number of government and professional committees, councils and boards including the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science Council, Australian Veterinary Association Board, Australian Society for Microbiology Council and the NHMRC Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. Mary’s association with the RSPCA South Australia extends to Past President and current member of the Finance, Audit and Risk committee, the Animal Welfare Policy committee and the CEO Performance Review and Support committee.
Annette had a very successful 15 year career in advertising which included working with Saatchi & Saatchi in London in the mid-80's and concluded as Media Director of Young & Rubicam Advertising in Adelaide. After moving with her young family to Melbourne in 1992, Annette later returned to work as a partner in Boost Juice in their highly successful launch in the Melbourne market. Upon returning to Adelaide in 2005 her entrepreneur spirit led her into a partnership in a successful catering business and more recently she set up and now runs the Buddy's Personal Training Fitness Studio in the city.
With a legal background spanning more than 20 years, Sarah has worked as a solicitor as a general practitioner and in the area of rights protection. Prior to taking up her current role as the head of the Police Complaints Authority (SA) she held the position as Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Tasmania. In 2002/03 Sarah was the Station Leader at Mawson Station Antarctica, a highlight of the year being the unique opportunity and privilege to witness the wonder of the Antarctic wildlife first hand. Through her roles and experience Sarah has gained considerable knowledge and understanding of the workings of government and strategies required to be heard by those influential in high level decision making. Her belief in the need for advocates to speak up for those unable to speak for themselves has been a driving force in her commitment to the positive advancement of animal welfare. She firmly believes promoting and protecting the welfare of animals to be as important as protecting the basic rights of human beings who are vulnerable and without a voice
A Certified Practicing Accountant with a BA (Accounting), Kay is Regional Manager, Internal Audit for the Southern Adelaide Health Service where she provides independent, objective evaluations covering all aspects of governance, internal control, risk management and service efficiency in the region. Kay’s previous roles include the Director of Finance and Business Services at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, overseeing an operating budget in excess of $120 million. With more than 20 years experience in audit and senior financial and management positions, Kay has specific expertise in budget management, resource allocation, financial accounting and reporting. Kay is a member of RSPCA South Australia’s Finance, Audit and Risk committee.
Debra is a practising solicitor with more than 30 years’ experience in legal practice - mainly in the areas of insurance/professional negligence and commercial dispute litigation and related advisory work. She has a Law Degree from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Debra has been a partner of Mouldens Solicitors (est. 1851) for more than 25 years and has experience as both a business owner and manager and as an adviser to small and medium sized businesses and professional practices as well as to larger Government and corporate entities including insurers. Debra is married to a vet and also has a life-long interest in animals and their welfare and associated issues. Debra is currently Presiding Member of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of SA and a member of the Animal Law Committee of the Law Society of SA and also the International Practice Committee. She is a member of the Legal Practitioners Board of Examiners and has been the SA Editor of the Insurance Law Bulletin for many years and has also taught in various subjects at the University of Adelaide Law School. She is currently President of the SA Chapter of APIG the Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG) and a director of the Chiropractic and Osteopathy Education Foundation Ltd. Debra and her family (and her dogs) have long been supporters of RSPCA South Australia and have participated in all but one of the RSPCA Million Paws Walks held in Adelaide.
Giuliano Rech MBA, GAICD, FAIM, MACS, MAMI
Giuliano has broad knowledge and experience running small/medium businesses and has held various board roles on large corporate organisations. He is the Managing Director of Electronic Corporation Pty Ltd, and is currently a Director of Mr Electrician Pty Ltd, the Rotary Club of Adelaide Inc, the Commercial Travellers Association Inc and the Inner West Business Enterprise Centre Inc. He is a former Director of Australian Central Credit Union Ltd and its associated entities and a past Councillor for the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters. Giuliano is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the Australasian Mutual’s Institute, a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society and a past Associate of the Institute of Engineers Australia. Giuliano holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of SA, a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Graduate Diploma of Management from the University of SA, a Diploma of Management Practices (Marketing) from the Australian Institute of Management and an Associate Diploma in Electronic Engineering. He is an advocate for international peace and understanding, and cares deeply about the humane treatment of animals.
Jill Bottrall is a former newspaper and radio journalist previously based in Central Australia, Sydney, Darwin and Melbourne. She spent 23 years working in Government and Opposition, 17 years of which was as senior media and policy adviser to former SA Premier Mike Rann. During that time she was involved in many animal welfare and conservation issues and was a founding Member of the Jane Goodall Institute of Australia. She currently operates her own consultancy that specialises in strategic communications and lobbying. Four years ago she rescued an abandoned white bunny in the Adelaide parklands and then found him a friend at RSPCA South Australia's Lonsdale’s shelter. Her ageing cat was not amused but has subsequently adapted to two bunnies running freely in the back garden.
Chief Executive Officer - Tim Vasudeva
Tim Vasudeva has a unique blend of experience and knowledge of the animal welfare sector combined with an extensive business background gained through Senior and Executive roles in the Banking and Finance industry. He has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Commercial Law, Economics & Accounting majors) from Melbourne University.
Prior to joining RSPCA South Australia, Tim was Chief Executive Officer of the Animal Welfare League NSW. Under his stewardship, AWL NSW dramatically improved rehoming rates of companion animals via AWL’s three Sydney shelters from 45% in 2011 to 84% currently. Tim has held senior volunteer positions at The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, PetRescue, and Animal Rescue Korea.
Photograph by Carol Gibbons Photography
Dedicated staff and volunteers are the lifeblood of RSPCA South Australia. Without their tireless commitment to animal welfare the organisation would not be able to provide protection and care to thousands of animals in need.
Over 100 employees and 800 volunteers give their time, energy and expertise to ensure RSPCA South Australia remains the pre-eminent animal welfare organisation in South Australia.