Board of Directors

The RSPCA is governed by a team of dedicated Board members who are elected by RSPCA members.
Dr Hugh J Wirth AM
BVSc, Hon DVSc. (Melb) MRCVS, FAVA
  • Director, RSPCA Victoria
  • Member RSPCA Victoria Animal Welfare Policy Committee
  • Past President and International Board member, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
  • Director, RSPCA (Vic) Foundation Pty Ltd
  • Commenced on State Council: March 1969; Vice-President 1971; President 1972 
Bronwyn Hughes
B.A. (Melb.) Grad. Dip. Lib. (RMIT), GAICD

  • Interim Chairperson, RSPCA Victoria
  • Chair, Animal Welfare Policy Committee (since November, 2012)
  • Board’s nominated representative to the RSPCA Australia Board and the Animal Welfare Foundation of Australia Trust                
  • Involved in animal welfare for over 30 years
  • Inaugural Member of St. Martin’s Club (now Champion Circle)
  • Professional background in management and provision of library and information services at state and local government level and extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector providing adult education services to culturally and linguistically diverse communities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Councillor and management roles with the former Western Metropolitan Regional Council of Adult, Community and Further Education
  • Commenced on Board: 1 January 2012
Dana Jane Hlavacek
BComm (Hons), MAcc, FCA, GAICD

  • Deputy Chairman - Melbourne Water Corporation
  • Trustee -  Victorian Arts Centre Trust
  • Governor - Arts Centre Foundation
  • Chairman Audit and Risk Committee - Brotherhood of St Laurence. 
  • Director - VicWater
  • Commenced on Board: 19 January 2010
Dr Carole Webb AM
BVc (Hons), MACVSc (Feline Medicine)
  • Practitioner, Feline Medicine
  • Past Executive Director, Cat Protection Society
  • Commenced on State Council: 15 April 1997
Darren Nabbs
BBus(Mgmt), AssocDip Eng (Civil), GAICD

  • Director/Project Manager Curo Project Management Services Pty Ltd.
  • Operations and Project Manager with over 20 years extensive water and infrastructure experience
  • Past Victorian representative, Australian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage
  • Commenced on Board: 28 May 2012
Margot Smith
  • Patron, Opera Australia
  • Past Executive Director, Target Australia
  • Past Director, Anglesea Golf Club
  • Mayor Surf Coast Shire
  • Director, Geelong Regional Library Corporation
  • Commenced on Board: 22 August 2012
Dr Jason Rapke
BVSc MANZCVS (small animal surgery) Grad Dip (Veterinary Clinical Studies) 
  • Director, RSPCA Victoria (2014 - ongoing)
  • Animal Welfare Policy Committee Member (2014 - ongoing)
  • Partner and senior veterinarian at the Glen Iris Veterinary Clinic
  • Member of the Australasian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists
  • Former President of the Veterinary Students Society of Victoria