Elaine Bensted is Chief Executive of Zoos SA which operates both Adelaide and Monarto Zoo. Elaine reports to the Zoos SA Board, elected by members of the society, and is supported by a strong senior management team.
Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive, Elaine held the position of Chief Executive for TAFE SA and preceding this held senior roles in both state and local government. Elaine has also worked in the private finance sector, within human resources and training management, operation and project management and bank branch manager roles.
Elaine’s qualifications include an MBA and a Masters in Public Policy and Management. Elaine also holds qualifications in accounting and finance.
Outside of her work with Zoos SA, Elaine is also a member of the Nature Play SA Board.
Elaine is married with an adult daughter and is the proud long-time owner of German Shepherd Dogs, while her favourite zoo animals are wombats, cheetah and Red Pandas.
“I see it as a privilege, honour and huge responsibility to lead such an iconic organisation which is delivering on such a critical mission. I enjoy working with immensely passionate staff and volunteers in an amazing work environment with a lot of opportunities for “wow” moments that no other job could ever provide”