Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the Team


RSPCA Executive and Board of Directors

Gary Humphries

Gary Humphries



Recruited Chair,
RSPCA Australia

Gary Humphries was appointed Chair of the RSPCA Australia Board in 2015.

Gary is Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He heads the Canberra Registry of the Tribunal.

Prior to that appointment, he enjoyed a long career in politics. He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory from 1989 to 2003, during which time he served in many ministerial roles, including Minister for Health, Education and the Arts, Treasurer and Attorney-General.

He was Chief Minister from 2000 to 2001.

From 2003 to 2013 he was the Liberal Senator for the ACT. During this period, he held various responsibilities in the Federal Opposition, including Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Families, Housing and Human Services and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel.

He is presently chair of the Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board.

Gary has a long connection with the RSPCA. While in Parliament he hosted the annual Hounds on the Hill, a popular event with Members of Parliament and Senators where dogs and puppies available for adoption from RSPCA ACT visited Parliament House, has been quizmaster at many RSPCA ACT trivia nights and was Co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of the RSPCA.

He is married with 2 adult sons and lives in Canberra.

 

Jill Bottrall

Jill Bottrall



Director,
RSPCA Australia

Jill Bottrall sits on the Board of RSPCA South Australia and joined the Board of RSPCA Australia, as RSPCA Australia’s nominee, in 2015.

Jill began her career as a newspaper and radio journalist. She spent 23 years working in Government and Opposition in Victoria and South Australia, 17 of which were as senior media adviser to former SA Premier Mike Rann. Jill is a regular commentator on politics and current affairs. Jill is proudly owned by a 16 year-old tabby and two rescued rabbits.

 

Ian Cowie

Ian Cowie



Director,
RSPCA Australia

On the Board of RSPCA Australia as RSPCA Western Australia’s nominee since 2014, Ian Cowie is also a Director of RSPCA Western Australia.

Ian is the CEO at the City of Gosnells. Previously, he represented WA on the National Consultative Committee on Animal Welfare and participated in the development of Australia’s first National Animal Welfare Strategy.

Ian was also responsible for the development and implementation of the current WA Animal Welfare Act 2002. Ian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with first class honours from UWA and a Masters Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

 

Louise Douglas

Louise Douglas



Director,
RSPCA Australia

Louise Douglas was elected President of RSPCA ACT in November 2013 and was nominated by RSPCA ACT to the Board of RSPCA Australia.

Louise recently retired from the National Museum of Australia having come to Canberra in 1994 to be part of the executive management team which developed and opened the Museum in 2001.

As a result of her parents operating an informal refuge for stray and injured dogs, cats and wildlife on the edge of Sydney’s bush suburbs, Louise has been an animal lover since childhood.

 

Deborah Hableton

Deborah Hambleton



Director,
RSPCA Australia

New to the RSPCA Australia Board in 2015, Deborah Hambleton lives in Central Victoria and is a legal consultant at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Deborah has held a number of senior legal roles, including at Deutsche Bank, Australian Securities Exchange and Allens Linklaters. Her areas of practice have encompassed corporate law, governance, mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets, but also law reform, regulation and policy-making.

Deborah is an AICD graduate and has held a number of non-executive director roles. She is currently a non-executive director at Kyneton District Health and a member of a number of professional committees including with the Law Council of Australia, Governance Institute of Australia and Australian Institute of Company Directors, as well as participating in the Not-for-profit Lawyers Network.

 

Eileen Thumpkin

Dr Richard Russell



Director,
RSPCA Australia

Dr Richard Russell was appointed to the Board of RSPCA Australia in 2015.

Richard is a medical practitioner and a specialist in occupational medicine and public health medicine. He has worked in the public sector and his own private business in regional and rural Australia and in SE Asia, especially Indonesia. He has been a Board Member of Victorian WorkCover Authority, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, Council Member of the NH&MRC, Examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Patron of the Menzies School of Health Research.

 

Eileen Thumpkin

Eileen Thumpkin



Director,
RSPCA Australia

A member of RSPCA Queensland’s Board, Eileen Thumpkin became a Director of RSPCA Australia in 2006, as the RSPCA Queensland nominee, and is also a past President of RSPCA Queensland and RSPCA Australia.

Eileen has completed studies across a number of disciplines including education, arts and animal welfare. She has a Masters degree in social planning. She has worked in a range of senior positions in the Queensland public service and has extensive experience in project planning and management at a state-wide and national level.

Eileen was involved in the roll-out of a number of Queensland Government education projects and currently is managing the implementation of several projects in Indigenous education. Eileen has also been an active volunteer in a number of areas including hockey team management andRSPCA fostering.

 

Dr Peter Wright

Dr Peter Wright



Director,
RSPCA Australia

Also President of RSPCA NSW, Dr Peter Wright has sat on the Board of RSPCA Australia, as RSPCA NSW’s nominee, since 2003.

Peter is a Veterinarian who runs his own practice at Goulburn, NSW, and treats domestic pets, livestock, wildlife and other exotic species. He has a long involvement with animal care groups, including WIRES, and in assisting the region’s local RSPCA inspector.

Heather Neil

Heather Neil



Chief Executive Officer,
RSPCA Australia

Heather was appointed Chief Executive Officer of RSPCA Australia in 2006. She has a long career in the not-for-profit sector including organisations such as the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Quit Tasmania and Croplife.