Meet Our Directors


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

Richard commenced as the CEO of the Animal Welfare League of SA in April 2014 after nearly 30 years in the travel and tourism industry.  He has been on the AWLA Board since 2014 and President since November 2015.

Richard represents AWL SA on the South Australian Dog and Cat Management Board advisory group and as the Minister’s nominee to the South Australian Government Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.  Richard is also a Member of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.