RSPCA ACT Board Members

RSPCA ACT Board Members


RSPCA ACT BOARD 2015-2017 – WHO WE ARE (16 Dec 2015)

PAUL ALLEN
Paul is a founding Director of Callida Consulting, a professional services firm operating in Canberra that focuses on the Commonwealth and ACT governments. His background includes over fourteen years experience with the Australian Federal Police where he worked in a variety of financial and audit positions; and a period as Partner with Oakton’s responsible for the Assurance and Risk Management service line. He was also a Partner with Professional Services firm Acumen Alliance responsible for leading the Audit and Assurance Team.

His area of expertise covers a wide range of activities, but Paul’s interest is focussed on improving corporate governance arrangements across the public sector and not for profit sector. He has a particular interest in indigenous and social policy affairs and has completed a number of reviews in this area. 

Paul has extensive experience working on not-for-profit boards including the Canberra Police and Citizens Youth Club at a time when the Board undertook significant improvements to the financial management arrangements and the development of a more strategic approach to planning and operations. He has been on the Board of the Adoptive Families Association (responsible for increasing revenue and for introducing more robust financial management arrangements), the Canberra Police and Youth Citizens Club and an external member of the Marymead Audit Committee.

Paul also enjoys spending time and having short walks with the family Maltese shitzu cross, Missy, a long-term member of the family.


JEFFREY BUTLER (Vice President)
Jeffrey is senior information technology project manager in the private sector. Prior to this, he was a full-time Army officer for over twenty years and continues to serve in the Army Reserve. He is a NSW State Council member of St John Ambulance, as well as being an active member of the NSW SES.

A graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Royal Military College – Duntroon, and the Australian Command and Staff College, Jeff holds a number of qualifications relevant to the role. These include Master of Business Administration (Technology Management), Master of Art in Strategy and Management and a number of graduate diplomas in management and information technology management. His professional memberships include Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and he is a Certified Practicing Project Manager and Member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Jeff has been a life member of RSPCA NSW since 2004, and a member of RSPCA ACT since 2012. He joined the Board of RSPCA ACT in 2014, and was involved in the rewriting of the Constitution and By-Laws, and contributed to the development of the RSPCA ACT Governance Manual. He has been a life-long pet owner and animal lover, and his current cat Leo was adopted from RSPCA ACT.


LOUISE DOUGLAS (President)
Louise joined the RSPCA ACT Council in 2011 and was elected President in 2013.

Louise trained as a historian specialising in Australian history and began a lifelong career in cultural heritage and museums when she joined Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum in 1984. She came to Canberra in 1994 to join the National Museum of Australia and recently retired as Assistant Director. She retains her love of Australian history and is a doctoral candidate in history at the Australian National University.  

Through her membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she has sharpened her knowledge of contemporary governance practice for not-for-profit and charity organisations. Louise is on the Board of the ACT government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation and the International Committee of Museums (Australia). 

Louise has been an animal lover since childhood as a result of her parents operating an informal refuge for stray and injured dogs, cats and wildlife on the edge of Sydney’s bush suburbs. As a dog lover, she is a member of the ACT Rescue and Foster organisation and as always had rescue dogs as part of her family.


SARA GOLDSWORTHY
Sara is a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Senior Executive Service working in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), currently in the field of counter-terrorism. 

A graduate of the Australian National University with a Masters in International Relations, Sara has been responsible for the development of significant policies and strategies in the Attorney-General’s Department, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and PM&C. Sara has contributed to the work of other not-for-profit organisations, including the ACT Cancer Council and UNICEF Australia, with a particular emphasis on fundraising and advocacy events.

Sara is an avid animal lover and (some say crazy) cat person. She is a regular supporter of the Mini Kitty Commune, a cat rescue charity in Sydney where she met and adopted her cat, Gerry, now Canberra’s most spoiled cat. On weekends (when not pampering Gerry) Sara can often be found pulling over to help ducks, echidnas or other waylaid creatures cross the road or running half-marathons in support of animal welfare organisations, including the RSPCA.


ANDREW LANDER
Andrew recently retired from the Commonwealth government where, as a senior executive, he had responsibility for marketing, communications, audit, assurance, compliance, risk management, fraud control, governance and operational planning in a number of key departments. Andrew now provides management consultancy support to government agencies. He has a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Tourism degree.

Mornings start for Andrew with either a bike ride (particularly if training for the Hartley Challenge!) or a 5km walk enthusiastically led by Milly, the family's very fit West Highland White Terrier.


MICHAEL SASSELLA
Michael is a government lawyer working for the National Disability Insurance Scheme but currently on transfer to the Commonwealth Finance Department. He has been a government lawyer for most of the past 30 years with a few years out as a senior member of the Commonwealth’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal, work in a law firm and self-employment as a consultant. He has served on several other boards including that of the Street Theatre in Canberra. 

As a lecturer in the school of law at Macquarie University in Sydney Michael was faculty adviser to the student body establishing the successful Macquarie Legal Centre. He was involved in the ongoing governance of the centre and instrumental in the centre receiving government grants. 

Michael supports a number of animal welfare groups such as Animals Australia, World Animal Protection and the ACT RSPCA. He acquired Mr Bubbles, his current cat, from the RSPCA in 2013.


CATHERINE WALSH
Catherine has grown up with dogs as an integral part of her family and her involvement with the RSPCA ACT is an extension of this life-long love of animals. Cooper is her 8-year-old companion and they have been together since Catherine moved to Canberra in 2009.

As a great supporter of the community, Catherine is involved in a number of local organisations, including as an emergency services volunteer and Divisional Advisory Board member of the Red Cross in the ACT; the Australian National Committee for UN Women and YWCA Canberra. Catherine has served the public her entire working life, including 14 years in the Royal Australian Air Force and subsequent Commonwealth Government experience across a number of research, analysis and liaison positions. Catherine has expertise in strategic influence, relationship management and creative problem solving.


ALEXANDRA WEDUTENKO
Alexandra is a leading Government and ICT lawyer, and has been voted by her peers as one of Australia's Best Lawyers: Government (2008-2016) and Information Technology Law (2015-2016).

She has an enviable reputation for her success in strategic procurement and governance. Specialising in complex services agreements in a regulated environment, ICT, select sourcing and business process sourcing, Alexandra has acted for a range of private sector and government clients. Alexandra also regularly presents on the latest developments in commercial law and related topics and provides pragmatic advice on today's trending, cutting-edge issues.

Alexandra is an enthusiastic supporter of various charities focussed on animals, medical/human health and human well‑being. She also has an interest in the arts and supports the work of the National Gallery of Australia and the National Library of Australia.

She has had diverse experience as a director of not-for-profit boards including the ANU School of Music and the National Foundation for Australian Women.

Her current pet is a groodle named Oscar.