David Sanders is a partner in the Adelaide Assurance practice, Ernst & Young and is a qualified chartered accountant and registered company auditor. With over 20 years of auditing experience, David has had exposure to a wide range of industries and organisations ranging from small businesses to large corporates. David has been a board member since 2012 and brings his valuable experience to Zoos SA’s Finance and Audit Committee and Risk and Governance Committee.
David is proud to be an active member of the community, supporting a number of other organisations including the Operations Flinders Foundation, the Believe Foundation, Prince Alfred College and Moo Premium Foods Pty Ltd. David has been the Operation Flinders Foundation Treasurer for eight years and also holds the role of deputy Chairman. David is also currently the Treasurer for Prince Alfred College and the Believe Foundation, as well as Chairman of Moo Premium Foods Pty Ltd. He was previously a director and deputy chairman of Eldercare for 11 years.
As a child, David enjoyed many visits to the zoo with his own parents and later as a member now enjoys the zoo with his wife, Dallas and four young boys. David joined the board hoping his business background would help guide the zoo’s finances.
Rodney Hobbs worked for the state government for over 17 years in the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department for Environment and Heritage. Rodney’s experience prior to this includes working as 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 has been a board member since 2007 and has worked on the board’s governance committee.
Rodney was pleased to join the Zoos SA Board so his experience in strategic planning, policy development, finance, resourcing and capital works projects could help guide the zoo through our development programs as it enters exciting new stages of revitalisation and growth.
As a Zoos SA Life Member, Rodney looks forward to a lifelong connection with the society and seeing the zoo enjoy a bright future.
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.
Kevin McGuinness is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in senior finance and operations roles across ASX listed, private and not for profit sectors. Kevin has worked across a range of industries including professional services, development and construction and mining. Kevin originally joined the board in 2004 and following a period of 12 months as a co-opted board member, was appointed as a government representative for 2 years. After an absence of three years Kevin rejoined the board in 2010 and was elected President in November 2010 serving for 2 years.
Kevin’s has strong board level experience with a number of public and private boards with a particular focus on strategic planning and ensuring proper governance arrangements. Kevin was instrumental in negotiating the society’s financial restructure in 2010 including a new annual government grant and overseeing the development of Zoos SA Five-Year Business Plan.
Kevin is proud to be part of the board of an iconic South Australian that also undertakes important work in conservation, research and education.
Tracey Shepard is the Rightshore Officer at Capgemini Business Services and is the chair the Adelaide office’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. Tracey has a demonstrated passion for conservation through acting as an advocate for educating on the impact of palm oil farming and helping promote mobile phone recycling in the national zoo ‘They’re Calling on You’ campaign. Tracey has been a board member since 2013.
Tracey donates her time to numerous community organisations including Trees for Life, SCOSA, the Cancer Council, the MS Society and the Hutt Street Centre where she has organised volunteer days and helped drive donations and fundraising. She has also served on the Stirling Player’s community theatre group helping to market upcoming plays, working behind the scenes and even performing on stage.
In her role with Capgemini Business Services, Tracey manages relationships with several teams in the Capgemini’s Guangzhou China office and is pleased to bring her experience in building and nurturing multicultural relationships to the Zoos SA board.
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 holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of CPA Australia. 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 been a Zoos SA board member since 2013 and has been a Life Member since 2008.
With her extensive experience in master planning and strategic budget and asset management Julieann looks forward to bringing her experience to the Zoos SA Board and is committed to a successful and sustainable future for Zoos SA.
From 1983-1986 Graeme was a keeper at Adelaide Zoo, where he was the first zoology university graduate employed with the organisation. He served as a staff representative on the board from 1985 – 1986 and was a society elected member from 1988-1990. Following his time at the zoo, Graeme went on to gain over ten years experience with Animal Services at CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition, managing the NH&MRC breeding colony of Common Marmosets before then moving into IT for the next ten years. Graeme rejoined the Zoos SA board in 2012.
Graeme is also on the board of trustees for another not-for-profit organisation and helps to manage a Barossa Valley winery.
As a zoologist, strategic thinker and R&D project manager Graeme looks forward to bringing his professional and academic experience to the Zoos SA Board and helping connect the organisation with the community and support the zoo’s conservation and education objectives.
Kate Thiele is the CEO of Guide Dogs South Australia and Northern Territory where she has worked since 2009. She has over ten years board and executive experience with a Top 100 public listed company, in the private sector including two of Australia’s leading not-for-profits. She has wide-ranging experience across diverse industries including not for profits, community services, health, retail, disability and manufacturing. She is also a member of Zoos SA Risk and Governance Committee. Kate joined the board as a co-opted member in 2012.
Kate is also a board member of Minda Incorporated and the University of South Australia’s MBA Advisory Board. Her 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.
Qualified with a Master of Business Administration and the Company Directors course and a passion for marketing Kate brings valuable expertise to the Zoos SA Board. She looks forward to using her experience in leadership, cultural change, strategy development and stakeholder engagement to help Zoos SA continue to achieve our aspiration of becoming a leading conservation organisation.
Board Secretary/Public Officer
Kate has had a long career in not-for-profit organisations having been CEO of a range of industry, professional and charitable organisations in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. She was appointed as the Zoos SA Board Secretary and Public Officer in 2013.
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. She 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 Institute 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 was awarded a Life Membership of this organisation in 2013.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Laws and an MBA and has now launched her own consultancy, providing advice, training and assistance to the not-for-profit sector.
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.
Tim Jarvis is a renowned environmental scientist, author, adventurer and public speaker. He has a Masters degree in environmental science and environmental law. Tim is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss. He is an experienced leader across multiple disciplines and uses his public speaking engagements, films, and books about his expeditions and work to promote progressive thinking in these areas. Tim is leader of 25zero and WWF-Australia’s Global Ambassador. Tim has a long list of achievements which includes but is not limited to being named a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 Australian honour list for his services to environment, community and exploration.