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
  • Patron, RSPCA Victoria
  • Member RSPCA Victoria Animal Welfare Policy Committee
  • Past President and International Board member, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
  • Past Director, RSPCA (Vic) Foundation Pty Ltd
  • Commenced on State Council: March 1969; Vice-President 1971; President 1972-2015
Bernie Delaney 
BA. GradDipMgt, FAICD
  • RSPCA Victoria Board’s nominated representative to the RSPCA Australia Board
  • Chairman, RSPCA Victoria, commenced February 16th 2016
  • Director, Delaney Jones Gillet & Associates Pty Ltd, since 2013
  • Director, Travellers Aid Australia, Director 2002-2013, including Chair 2005-2012 
  • Director, Royal Flying Doctor Service (Victorian Section), Director since 2011, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Audit and Risk Committee
  • Range of roles at BHP Company and BHP Billiton, from 1990 to 2012. Most recent roles were the Vice President level in corporate affairs, government relations, mergers, acquisitions and divestments, asset protection and issues management as well as various positions in the up-stream petroleum and steel sectors
  • Director DF Strategy & Advisory Pty Ltd since 2011
  • Deputy Chair, Australia Korea Foundation, 2008 – 2011
  • Previous Director, Rotary Club of Melbourne, 2004 – 2006
  • Council Member, Minerals Council of Australia, 2004 – 2011
Bronwyn Hughes
B.A. (Melb.) Grad. Dip. Lib. (RMIT), GAICD

  • Director, RSPCA Victoria
  • Chair, Animal Welfare Policy Committee (since November, 2012)
  • Board’s nominated representative to 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 Chair, Melbourne Water Corporation
  • Trustee, Victorian Arts Centre Trust
  • Governor, Arts Centre Foundation
  • Chair 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

  • Chair, Audit, Risk and Finance Committee – RSPCA Victoria 
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Commenced on Board: 16 September 2014