About AWLA

Animal Welfare League Australia...
we’re a national non-profit organisation caring for companion animals across Australia.


President, AWLA
South Australian delegate
CEO, Animal Welfare League of South Australia

Richard joined Animal Welfare League of SA (AWLSA) as chief executive officer in April 2014 after a long and successful career in the travel and tourism sectors.

He previously worked as chief executive officer of YHA South Australia and also performed senior roles for Cathay Pacific Airways, Air New Zealand and Consolidated Travel.

Richard was a board member of the South Australian Tourism Industry Council from its inception in 2009 and its chairman from 2012 to 2014.

He is the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Nominee on the South Australian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and represents AWLSA on the South Australian Dog and Cat Management Board advisory group.


Vice-President, AWLA
Queensland delegate
CEO, Animal Welfare League of Queensland

Denise’s commitment to enhancing the lives of animals is unwavering.

She has worked and volunteered within the animal welfare industry for more than two decades, bringing a wealth of knowledge to her position as the chief executive officer of Animal Welfare League of Qld Inc (AWLQ).

Denise has developed successful partnerships with a number of councils, achieving some of the highest rehoming and lowest euthanasia rates of dogs and cats in Australia.

She has been a member of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries Animal Ethics Committee (Animal Welfare Representative) and is actively involved in several not-for-profit organisations.


Vice-President, AWLA
Tasmanian delegate

Megan has a keen and long-standing interest in animal ethics.

She assisted in the development of AWLA’s Positive Ageing in the Company of Animals Project and represented AWLA at the 2015 Roundtable on Animal Welfare in Canberra.

Megan has been a board member of the Dogs’ Home of Tasmania for 12 years and a member of the AWLA Board since 2010.

She lives in Hobart and works as a senior lecturer in politics and policy at the University of Tasmania.


Secretary, AWLA
Victorian delegate
CEO, Lort Smith

David is a lawyer by profession and a passionate animal advocate. Over the past 20 years, David has held senior executive and CEO roles in the private and public sectors across a range of industries.

David was appointed CEO of Lort Smith in 2015. Lort Smith is the largest not-for-profit animal hospital in Australia, with a very successful adoption centre and extensive outreach programs.


West Australian delegate
Founder of SAFE (Saving Animals From Euthanasia)

Sue considers herself a latecomer to the field of animal rescue. Prior to starting SAFE in Karratha, Western Australia, in 2003, she worked in the Victorian human services sector where she was involved with the deinstitutionalization of children’s homes and facilities for people with disabilities. Sue believes this work and life experience provided her with the ability and resilience to bring a rescue program to a state where there was little support for homeless animals outside the capital city.

SAFE now has 12 branches, along with a large network of supporters and helpers, across Western Australia.


Tasmanian delegate
CEO, Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania

Belinda has 20 years of business and executive management experience in the private and public sectors. She has been CEO of the Australian Institute of Fitness (WA), State Customer Service Manager of Polytechnic (TAS) and Senior Business Enterprise Manager of the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

Belinda has always been an animal lover, having grown up surrounded by farm and companion animals. Since moving to Tasmania five years ago, she is also thriving on her love of bush-walking, kayaking, nature and clean living. She has two large “fur children” and has hosted a number of foster dogs since joining the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania.


Victorian delegate

Barbara is committed to providing a voice for animals and the people who care for them. She has served on the board of Lort Smith since September 2011 and is currently its vice-president. She was appointed to the board of AWLA in July 2015.

Barbara is founder and managing director of Pesel & Carr, an award-winning, independent communications firm established in 1997. A life-long animal lover, she relishes any opportunity to work with organisations committed to protecting and strengthening the human-animal bond.