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The Board

RSPCA Darwin is directed by a skilled, local volunteer Board of directors who each bring expertise in their field to improve animal welfare in the Northern Territory.

Chair: Danny Moore

Chair: Danny Moore

  • Experience:

    Danny was elected Chair of the Board in 2017, having previously served since 2015 as a Board Member and Treasurer. He is also RSPCA Darwin’s nominee to the Board of RSPCA Australia.

    Danny is an experienced executive and currently leads project implementations in the Northern Territory Government. Previously he had an extensive career in the energy industry having worked at AGL, Origin, EnergyAustralia and Jacana Energy, and started his career in travel and tourism with one of Europe’s largest travel businesses, TUI.

    With a wealth of leadership experience across commercial, strategic, operations and transformation, Danny also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in IT & Marketing, Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Engagement.

    Danny has been passionate about animals since a young age. Despite growing up inner city London, he has always had a range of pets including dogs, horses, goats and rabbits! Danny lives in Darwin with his husband Craig, and their spoilt dogs Fred and Molly as well as their brood of hens.

    Danny was previously Treasurer of Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Deputy Chair of Government House Foundation of the Northern Territory. Danny was also Alternate Chief Executive Officer at Jacana Energy.

Vice Chair: Ryan Sanders

Vice Chair: Ryan Sanders

Treasurer: David Hunt

Treasurer: David Hunt

Secretary: Melissa Reiter

Secretary: Melissa Reiter

  • Owned by : Atlas & Saffron
  • Experience:

    Melissa Reiter was elected Secretary to the RSPCA Darwin Board in May 2018.

    Melissa is a born and bred Territorian and holds other board directorships in Darwin and is an experienced senior public sector executive and company director, spanning 20 years in the Northern Territory public service and, more recently, in Local Government.

    With a broad range of corporate skills in leading shared corporate services in information technology and records and information management, corporate communications and media, governance and risk management, contract and procurement, human resource management and industrial relations, security and emergency management, environmental management and work, health and safety, Melissa has previously held positions as company secretary and has chaired committees in the fields of employee relations, audit and risk management, work health and safety and environmental management.  Melissa leads a large team of qualified professionals across diverse disciplines and has centrally coordinated organisational change management agenda, including legislative and organisational reforms.

    Melissa is currently the Chief of Staff to the Lord Mayor and Chief Executive of the City of Darwin and was previously the alternate Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Corporate Services at the Darwin Port Corporation. Melissa has a proven commercial focus and strong negotiation and facilitation skills in an Industrial Relations context; strong ethical focus, employing discretion and political astuteness.

Member: John White

Member: John White

  • Experience:

    Arrived with family in Darwin for 2 years in 1971.

    Volunteered with  RSPCA in December 2011 and graduated to pooper –scooper on Monday mornings until appointment to the Board in 2015.

    Director of Delta Electrics family group of companies since 1984.

    Other current voluntary association boards: Australian Industry Defence Network  (Vice President ), Master Builders Association (Council Member), Harley Owners Group (Treasurer).

    Our current and last designer dog Abby, isn’t just a house dog she is an on the bed one too.

    We shall Adopt and not shop in future .

Member: Kerry-Ann Laurence

Member: Kerry-Ann Laurence

  • Experience:

    Kerri- Ann joined the Board in January 2019, having previously been a Board Member from 2010 – 2015. Kerri-Ann stepped down from the Board in December 2015 and took the reigns as the General Manager until June 2017, marking a significant transition period in the evolution of the shelter. Along with the Board, staff and volunteers the organisation embarked on a major operational focus on processes and policies, ensuring a healthy and safe workplace, shelter upgrades and importantly, increasing the successful outcomes of animals at the shelter, making significant progress in all areas.

    Kerri-Ann is a long-term Darwin resident, and is passionate about animal welfare. Kerri-Ann was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of RSPCA Darwin by the Board in 2018 in recognition of her long-term support of RSPCA Darwin through fundraising, volunteering, foster caring and her time leading the organisation. Kerri-Ann’s day job is residential Real Estate Sales, and she has been in that industry since 2003. Kerri-Ann’s own RSPCA rescue pets are Stella, who is a good honest dog, Sammie, an Irish hound cross (and also an actress and a schemer) and a beautiful feline, Callie who was adopted from RSPCA in 2011 after Cyclone Carlos flooded the shelter.

Member: Lea Aitken

Member: Lea Aitken

  • Experience:

    Lea has lived in the NT since 1974.  She spent over 20 years in the NT Public Service, making her way up in the HR field and qualifying with an Advanced Degree in Management.  She then changed careers and worked in real estate, first with private companies and her last permanent position was with the Defence Housing Authority selling their excess stock.  She then retired from full time employment.  She continued for over 13 years as the President of the Alliance Française de Darwin, as well as other not-for-profit associations. Since 2005, she has worked in various areas, first consulting in HR, then as a nationally accredited Mediator, specialising in workplace disputes.  She still conducts some mediations as well as participating in her new interest as a Board Member.  As well as the RSPCA, she is a current member of the Agents’ Licensing Board and the National Medical Board as well as a member of the Animal Ethics Committee at CDU.

The Staff

Shae Khreish

Shae Khreish

  • Designation : Acting General Manager
  • Owned by : Caesar and Marley
  • Qualification: Bachelor of Commerce
  • Experience:

    Shae has a strong passion for the welfare of animals and community engagement. Shae has exceptional experience leading and managing both charitable and commercial organisations. She has a high level of skill coordinating and leading people towards best practices operations.

Erin Patterson

Erin Patterson

  • Designation : Shelter Supervisor and Foster Coordinator
  • Owned by : Smoch, Indi & Wesley, Liv, Blaine & Major
  • Experience:

    Erin has a strong background working across the animal industry with experience at Zoos, Guide Dogs Association and Animal Attendant experience. Erin is our animal behaviour specialist and works tirelessly to keep the operations running smoothly. She ensures that our animals are well cared for and that they find their forever homes.

  • Certificate : Certificate II in Animal Studies, Certificate III in Captive Animal Husbandry, Shelter Dog Behaviour
Taylah Somerville

Taylah Somerville

  • Designation : Administration Coordinator
  • Owned by : Wilbur & Maloo
  • Qualification: Certificate II In Animal Studies, Certificate In Graphic Design
  • Experience:

    Taylah has been with RSPCA Darwin for over 5 years, having started as a student volunteer, graduating to Animal Attendant, then receptionist and now administration coordinator. She is a skilled photographer of all our animals, dabbles in graphic design for our fundraisers, and keeps the administrative processes of the shelter running smoothly.

Kacie Austin

Kacie Austin

  • Designation : Volunteer and Marketing Manager
  • Owned by : Wazzie
  • Qualification: Bachelor in Psychology
Courtney Byrne

Courtney Byrne

  • Designation : Receptionist
  • Owned by : Blue
  • Experience:

    Courtney has been working with the RSPCA for 4 years now and still loves it just as much as the day she joined. While Courtney has been with us she has had varied roles such as animal attendant, foster coordinator and now receptionist! Courtney is a bubbly and bright personality with an enormous passion for animals. Her favorite thing to do after work is spending time with her adopted fur-baby ‘Blue’.

Spotlight on Our Volunteers

Linda

Linda

  • Experience:

    “I love being here with the animals, because they need love and protection till they find their forever home”

Deb

Deb

  • Experience:

    “Dedicated to help care for all our animals/finding forever homes, that’s the reward I receive!”