About AWLA

Animal Welfare League Australia...
we’re a national non-profit organisation caring for companion animals across Australia.


RICHARD MUSSELL

President, AWLA
South Australian delegate
CEO, Animal Welfare League of South Australia

Richard joined Animal Welfare League of SA (AWLSA) as chief executive officer in April 2014 after a long and successful career in the travel and tourism sectors.

He previously worked as chief executive officer of YHA South Australia and also performed senior roles for Cathay Pacific Airways, Air New Zealand and Consolidated Travel.

Richard was a board member of the South Australian Tourism Industry Council from its inception in 2009 and its chairman from 2012 to 2014.

He is the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Nominee on the South Australian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and represents AWLSA on the South Australian Dog and Cat Management Board advisory group.

DENISE BRADLEY

Vice-President, AWLA
Queensland delegate
CEO, Animal Welfare League of Queensland

Denise’s commitment to enhancing the lives of animals is unwavering.

She has worked and volunteered within the animal welfare industry for more than two decades, bringing a wealth of knowledge to her position as the chief executive officer of Animal Welfare League of Qld Inc (AWLQ).

Denise has developed successful partnerships with a number of councils, achieving some of the highest rehoming and lowest euthanasia rates of dogs and cats in Australia.

She has been a member of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries Animal Ethics Committee (Animal Welfare Representative) and is actively involved in several not-for-profit organisations.

MEGAN ALESSANDRINI

Vice-President, AWLA
Tasmanian delegate

Megan has a keen and long-standing interest in animal ethics.

She assisted in the development of AWLA’s Positive Ageing in the Company of Animals Project and represented AWLA at the 2015 Roundtable on Animal Welfare in Canberra.

Megan has been a board member of the Dogs’ Home of Tasmania for 12 years and a member of the AWLA Board since 2010.

She lives in Hobart and works as a senior lecturer in politics and policy at the University of Tasmania.

DAVID HERMAN

Secretary, AWLA
Victorian delegate
CEO, Lort Smith

David is a lawyer by profession and a passionate animal advocate. Over the past 20 years, David has held senior executive and CEO roles in the private and public sectors across a range of industries.

David was appointed CEO of Lort Smith in 2015. Lort Smith is the largest not-for-profit animal hospital in Australia, with a very successful adoption centre and extensive outreach programs.

SUE HEDLEY

West Australian delegate
Founder of SAFE (Saving Animals From Euthanasia)

Prior to starting SAFE, Sue worked primarily in the human services area, with occasional forays into hospitality work. From there, it wasn’t too big a move from caring for people to caring for animals. Having worked towards deinstitutionalising care in the human welfare sector, it was a natural progression to champion the foster care model in the animal welfare sector.

Sue worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics for six years, interviewing people in their homes all over the north west of Western Australia. During this time she became aware of the enormous number of animals who were homeless and in need of temporary care while a permanent home was sought.

Sue established SAFE Karratha in 2003 and the organisation has now grown to a large network of SAFE Branches, volunteers and supporters across Western Australia. Sue is committed to the foster care model as the best means to achieve zero euthanasia for rehomable pets.

BELINDA BARNES

Tasmanian delegate
CEO, Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania

Belinda has 20 years of business and executive management experience in the private and public sectors. She has been CEO of the Australian Institute of Fitness (WA), State Customer Service Manager of Polytechnic (TAS) and Senior Business Enterprise Manager of the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

Belinda has always been an animal lover, having grown up surrounded by farm and companion animals. Since moving to Tasmania five years ago, she is also thriving on her love of bush-walking, kayaking, nature and clean living. She has two large “fur children” and has hosted a number of foster dogs since joining the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania.

BARBARA PESEL

Victorian delegate

Barbara is committed to providing a voice for animals and the people who care for them. She has served on the board of Lort Smith since September 2011 and is currently its vice-president. She was appointed to the board of AWLA in July 2015.

Barbara is founder and managing director of Pesel & Carr, an award-winning, independent communications firm established in 1997. A life-long animal lover, she relishes any opportunity to work with organisations committed to protecting and strengthening the human-animal bond.

SUE SPENCER

Queensland delegate

Sue has been involved with the Animal Welfare League of Queensland as a volunteer for more than 10 years and an AWLQ board member since 2013. She is currently President of the AWLQ board.

Sue is a strong advocate for rescue greyhounds and is involved in the AWLQ Going Grey rehoming and ongoing support program. Sue is also the rescue co-ordinator for Qld Whippet Rescue. Both her whippets are rescues.

Prior to becoming involved with AWLQ, Sue held a number of positions as an executive assistant in the corporate world. She brings this experience along with her passion for animal welfare to the team.

TERI O’TOOLE

Teri has over 30 years’ leadership and management experience in both commercial and not-for-profit organisations. She has a background in business development, strategy, marketing and community service management and held various senior roles in the community sector, including as Deputy CEO of Good Samaritan Industries, National Business Development & Major Projects Manager at Red Cross and CEO of Wheelchair Sports WA.

Teri has been an active volunteer for many community organisations as a Graduate and Fellow of Leadership WA and is a Board Director of Saving Animals from Euthanasia in WA.

Teri has an Honours Degree in Business and a Masters Degree in International & Community Development.  She lives in Perth with her partner James and their two dogs, Taffy and Rolo, and is passionate about animal welfare.