Board Members

David Sanders


David is a partner in the Adelaide Assurance practice of Ernst & Young and is a qualified chartered accountant and registered company auditor.   With over 20 years in auditing, David has had exposure to a wide range of industries and organisations ranging from small businesses to large corporates.   David is also very active in the community – he has been the Treasurer of the Operation Flinders Foundation for the last 8 years (an organisation that works with youth at Risk), he is a current Board member and Treasurer of the Believe Foundation (an organisation supporting people with Mental Illness) and the current Treasurer of Prince Alfred College.  David has recently joined the Finance Committee of Zoos SA and was previously the Deputy Chairman of Eldercare Inc, where he was a Board member for 11 years (Eldercare is a Uniting Church organisation that operates in the aged care industry). David is also the Chairman of Moo Premium Foods Pty Ltd, a private family business that operates in the food manufacturing and distribution industry.  David, his wife Dallas and four young boys have been members of Zoos SA for many years

Rodney Hobbs

Vice President

Rodney is a life member of Zoos SA and has been a board member and member of the Board’s finance committee since 2007 and was a member of the Board’s governance committee in 2011.

Rodney’s experience in strategic and business planning, policy development, financial, human and physical resource analysis and allocation, and his extensive experience in developing, managing and oversight of budgets and capital works are skills that are vital to Zoos SA and integral to the continued development and growth of the Zoo.

Rodney has worked for the State Government since 1997 in the Department of Treasury and Finance (current) and the Department for Environment and Heritage. Prior to this Rodney was a senior consultant with KPMG Management Consulting Services, a Contemporary Accounting Theory teacher at the University of South Australia and the Finance and Administration Manager for the Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of SA.

Rodney is excited about the Zoo’s future and feels privileged to have been a part of an exciting and historic era for the Society, a period of revitalisation where the Board and Executive have steered a rebuilding program to underpin a positive future for the Zoo.


Kevin McGuinness

Kevin McGuinness is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in senior finance and operations roles spanning ASX listed, private and not for profit sector.  Kevin has worked across a range of industries including professional services, development and construction and mining.  Kevin has strong experience at Board level having served on a number of public and private Boards with particular focus on strategy and planning and ensuring proper governance arrangements.

Kevin originally joined the Board of the Society in 2004 and following a period of 12 months as a co-opted Board member was appointed as a Government representative to the Board for a further 2 year period.  After an absence of 3 years Kevin re-joined the Board in 2010 and was elected President in November 2010.

Over the past 2 years Kevin has been instrumental in negotiating the restructure of the Society’s debt and the annual grant from the State Government as well as overseeing the development of the new 5 Year Business Plan.

Kevin is passionate about the Society both with respect to the role it plays within the South Australian community as well as the important work it undertakes in conservation, research and education.  As a volunteer Board member Kevin also has a deep appreciation for the role that staff and volunteers play in the future of the Society.

Tracey Shepard

Tracey Shepard has been a member of ZoosSA for four years and has completed the Volunteer Guide course at the Adelaide Zoo. She is passionate about animals and conservation, and is an advocate for furthering education about Palm Oil farming’s effect on ecosystems.

In her current role as a Rightshore Officer at Capgemini Business Services, Tracey manages the relationship with several teams in Capgemini’s Guangzhou China office. This experience has helped her build a greater understanding of Chinese culture, communication and of nurturing multicultural relationships.

Tracey is Chair of Capgemini Adelaide’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee which is responsible for furthering Capgemini’s focus on Environmental, Human Rights and Community issues. This year, they have has organised volunteer days with Trees for Life, and Tracey has been responsible for assisting in the donation of over 60 computers to SCOSA, as well as having fundraised over $6,000 for the Cancer Council, the MS Society and the Hutt Street Centre. She has organised mobile phone collection for recycling via Conservation Ark’s ‘They’re Calling On You’ programme, ‘Soles for Souls’ shoe donations, and ‘Uplift Project’ bra donations.

Tracey is very enthusiastic about the Stirling Players community theatre group, where she has served on the committee, helping to organise advertising, publicity, sponsorship and upcoming plays, as well as working behind-the-scenes and performing on stage.

In her spare time and to keep fit, Tracey is passionate about learning flamenco dancing.

Julieann Riedstra

Julieann is the Deputy Chief Executive, Resources of the Department for Education and Child Development. Julieann has over 25 years experience in the South Australian public sector in finance, corporate services and infrastructure roles.  Julieann also served as a Director of a Credit Union for over 10 years and is on a number of Government Boards and Committees.

Julieann has extensive experience in master planning and strategic budget and asset management. Julieann is a life member and is committed to a successful and sustainable future for Zoos SA.

Julieann holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).


Graeme Crook

Graeme is a zoologist, strategic thinker and R&D project manager, and  will make a positive contribution to the future of the RZSSA, with the business skills, contacts and academic and professional expertise to help direct, guide and deliver on the aim of the RZSSA to connect with the local community, and have a business model in place that delivers on the organisation’s conservation and education strategic objectives. Based at Adelaide University’s Roseworthy Campus, as Research Manager of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC), Graeme currently manage a $138million portfolio of Research Projects in the pig industry.

Now aged 58, married with two adult children and residing in One Tree Hill, Graeme was the first University graduate in Zoology employed at the Adelaide Zoo as a zookeeper, where he spent three and a half years (January 1983 - July 1986). During this time he gained a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award to study  the captive management of endangered species at the Durrell Wildlife Trust in the UK. From 1986 he worked for a decade with Animal Services at CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition, managing the NH&MRC breeding colony of Common Marmosets before moving into the IT sphere for the next ten years  Graeme served as the Staff representative on the RZSSA Board in 1985-86 and was a Society elected member from 1988-1990. Graeme is also on the Board of Trustees for a not-for-profit Foundation and help manage a winery in the Barossa Valley.

Bryce Coombe

Following his graduation with a Bachelor of Visual Communication (Graphic Design) from UniSA, Bryce began his career working in the marketing departments for local and national retail businesses.  During this time, he moved from Graphic Design into management roles.

Bryce joined Clemenger BBDO Adelaide in early 2007 and quickly rose through the ranks to become the Head of Account Management, a Clemenger BBDO Adelaide Board Member. In 2013 he was appointed Managing Director of the agency.  He is only the fourth managing director in 46 years and is the youngest to hold the position in Adelaide.

In addition to his role with Clemenger BBDO Adelaide, Bryce is a board member of the CFS Foundation and a member of the Communications Council Executive Committee in South Australia.

Bryce lives in the Adelaide Hills with his wife Rebecca and two sons, Patrick and Elliott.  

Kate Thiele

Kate Thiele has over ten years Board and Executive experience with a Top 100 public listed company, in the private sector and with two of Australia’s leading not-for-profits.  She has wide-ranging experience across diverse industries including not for profit, community services, health, retail, disability and manufacturing. 

Kate is a proven business leader and recognised for her capacity to engage teams and build businesses.  Qualified with a Master of Business Administration and the Company Directors course, Kate is an active Board member with a strong background in leadership, cultural change, board governance, strategy development and stakeholder engagement.  Kate is currently CEO of Guide Dogs SA and the Northern Territory.  In joining Guide Dogs in 2009 Kate has sought to make a tangible difference in assisting people with sensory loss live independent and dignified lives.

In addition to her role at Guide Dogs Kate is a Board Member of Minda Incorporated, member of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee and previously chaired both the Strategic Working Group, and Governance Committee.  Kate is also a Board Member of UniSA’s MBA Advisory Board.

Previous Board appointments include the Vocational Education, Employment and Training Board, Deputy Board Member of the Training and Skills Commission and member of the Training Regulation Reference subcommittee.

With a focus on delivering sustainable results Kate is passionate about working with organisations that require outstanding business development, marketing and communication skills in order to deliver their strategic objectives.  She enjoys building linkages between marketing outcomes and business objectives and is committed to effective stakeholder engagement.

Kate looks forward to helping Zoos SA continue to achieve its aspiration of becoming a leading conservation organisation.

Kate Hartwig

Board Secretary/Public Officer

Kate started her career as an Association Executive with the South Australian Employer’s Federation, multi-managing a range of industry and professional organisations.  She moved to Sydney in 1987 and was appointed CEO of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association, then Executive Director of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and CEO of the Australian Video Retailers Association.  She moved to Melbourne in 1999 and took on roles with Software Engineering Australia and as CEO of the Retirement Village Association.

Kate moved back to Adelaide in 2005 and into the charity sector as CEO of the AIDS Council of SA and Cystic Fibrosis SA.

Kate has been a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Institution of Chartered Accountants since 1992 and was a Governor of the AIDS Trust of Australia.  She was National President of the Australasian Society of Association Executives and awarded a Life Membership of this organisation in 2013.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Laws and an MBA and is now working as a Consultant to the NFP sector.

Professor Carol Tilt

Carol is a Professor of Accounting at the University of South Australia, and previously held the position of Director of Research at the Australian Institute of Business.  She is an adjunct Professor, and former Dean, at Flinders Business School, Flinders University, where she worked for 20 years. Carol is a Fellow of CPA Australia, has experience serving on numerous academic committees, was a Director of a Credit Union, and was formerly on the Board of the Don Dunstan Foundation.

Carol is passionate about conservation, doing her PhD and subsequent research on environmental disclosure and policies of Australian companies. Her research attempts to bring together the often disparate worlds of business and the environment, focussing in the areas of environmental, triple bottom line, and sustainability reporting.

Since the 1980s Carol has been a member of environmental and animal welfare groups, including Greenpeace, the RSPCA, WWF and IFAW. She has been a volunteer Guide and Children’s Zoo volunteer since 2011, during which time she has gained important knowledge about our Zoo by working with the dedicated keepers and volunteers.

Risk and Governance Committee

The Risk and Governance Committee is established as a committee of the Royal Zoological Society of SA Inc Board (RZSSA). This document shall be read in conjunction with the RZSSA Board Charter.

 Risk Governance Committee Terms of Reference.pdf

Finance and Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee is established as a committee of the Royal Zoological Society of SA Inc Board (RZSSA). This document shall be read in conjunction with the RZSSA Board Charter.

 Terms of Reference Audit Finance Committee.pdf

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