The Tasmanian Canine Defence League Inc. (TCDL) Board and Sub-committees

The 66th Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 18th October 2016.

Board Director Introductions below: Each Director pictured with one of our dogs available for adoption at the time the pictures were taken.

Carol Hughes – President

Carol has over 25 years’ experience as a legal practitioner in private practice, and has held senior management positions in both the State and Commonwealth Public Service.  She has served on a number of professional and community Boards including Hydro Tasmania, Colony 47, Hobart Women’s Health Centre and Terrapin Puppet Theatre.  Carol joined the Board of the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania in 2014 and has served as Chair of the Governance, Sustainability and Risk Subcommittee since that time, and as President since October 2015.

Carol has a strong commitment to social justice, and firmly believes in the need to advocate for those unable to speak for themselves.  She acknowledges that promoting and protecting the welfare of animals is as important as protecting the basic rights of human beings who are vulnerable and without a voice.

Carol has adopted dogs from the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania since moving from Sydney in 1979, and is currently “owned” by three gorgeous girls!

Denise Bower –  Vice President

Denise’s love of dogs was first evident when she stated that she wanted to buy a Dogs’ Home at the age of five. As the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania had already been established in 1955, it was only a matter of her waiting to grow up and to work for them. During her 40 years on the Board, Denise has held the positions of Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. She is involved in producing the Dogs’ Homes Calendars, Christmas Card Appeals, Annual Button Day and Canine Commendation Awards. Denise has also been involved with other welfare organisation over time.

Dogs being adopted into caring new homes for their life time is a constant source of joy for Denise and her adopted Chrysta from Devonport Dogs’ Home is bringing most joy of all!

Megan Alessandrini

Megan Alessandrini – Director

Megan and her family have adopted Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania dogs all her life, and she has been on the Board for more than ten years. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania in politics and policy where she teaches and researches, and prior to that worked as a policy adviser in the Commonwealth Public Service.  

In the past, Megan has been a vice president and has performed secretarial duties for the Dogs’ Homes.  She is regular volunteer at the Clarence Dogs Day Out, spreading the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania message, and sharing cuddles with dogs adopted from the home. For many years Megan was a volunteer dog walker but recently has not been able to do this.

She is the Board delegate to the national group, Animal Welfare League Australia which has just one member organisation in each state and campaigns for companion animal welfare reform nationally through advocacy and special projects. Megan enjoys long walks on the beach- with her companion Max the Jack Russell terrier cross!

David Jackson – Director & Treasurer

David has worked in the private sector as an accountant since 1997. During his career he has held senior management roles and worked in the construction, retail and financial services industries.

David has completed a Diploma of Management, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Tasmania and has been a Member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants since 2001.

David joined the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania Board in 2004. During his time with the Board he has held the roles of Secretary and Treasurer. Over the years David has provided a home for three prior residents of the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania.

Lorena Bromfield – Director

Lorena is passionate about animal welfare and is pleased to be involved with an organisation that works to reunite lost dogs with their owners, and to rehome dogs that have been discarded or surrendered.

Lorena works in the Public Sector. Her fur family consists of two Dogs’ Homes dogs, a rescue cat and a rescue parrot. Lorena is involved in the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania as she believes in what the organisation does, and wants to be instrumental in promoting responsible dog ownership.

Erica McCoull – Director, Secretary and Public Officer

New to the Tasmanian Canine Defence League Board of Directors in 2015, Erica has welcomed the opportunity to become more actively involved in dog welfare within the State, not just her own backyard. With a twenty year career at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Erica has a strong background in strategic planning and change management. She looks forward to working in partnership with other Board members, Dogs’ Home staff and volunteers, as well other animal welfare groups in Tasmania to provide current and future fur-kids with a brighter and safer future.
Erica enjoys the many hands on aspects of her role, including assisting with website maintenance and management of the online shop. Erica is a doting Mum to several of her own fur-kids as well two of the human variety.


Trish Brown – Director

Trish Brown has had a 30 year career in the public and private sectors in Tasmania, Melbourne and UK. She has worked as a senior manager at organisations including Australia Post, the Tasmanian Government, the Auditor-General’s Office of Victoria and the National Audit Office of the United Kingdom. She currently works as a freelance business consultant. 

Dogs have always been part of Trish’s family, and she believes that every dog deserves a safe, caring home. 

In her spare time, Trish is a volunteer instructor with the Hobart Dog Training Club, where she works to help people build a happy, positive relationship with their dog, and to prevent the kinds of problems that can cause dogs to be surrendered to the Dogs’ Home.  Trish also takes the club’s Nosework classes, teaching people to work as a team with their dog in the sport of scent detection. Trish is pictured above with her two beautiful fur family members.


Mary Massina – Director

Bio and photo to be posted shortly.


The Board meets on the fourth (4th) Thursday of each month.


Belinda Barnes – Chief Executive Officer

Belinda has 20 years of business and executive management experience in a diverse range of industries in both the private and public sector, including education, sport & recreation, finance & tourism. In recent years, Belinda was the CEO of the Australian Institute of Fitness (WA), State Customer Service Manager, Polytechnic (TAS) and Senior Business Enterprise Manager at Parks & Wildlife Service (TAS). Belinda lived overseas for 19 years, spending a considerable amount of time in the UK, Canada, Iran, Libya and Dubai.

As a keen outdoor adventurer, Tasmania became home to Belinda 5 years ago as a place to thrive on her love for bush walking, kayaking, nature and clean living. Belinda has always been an animal lover, growing up with farm and companion animals. She currently has one large fur child (8 years), having lost her 12 year old Labrador recently, and has hosted a number of foster dogs since joining the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania.


The Board has established the following sub-committees:

Finance Sub-committee – David Jackson (Chair)

Governance Sub-committee – Carol Hughes (Chair)

Fundraising Sub-committee – to be appointed

Volunteer Sub-committee – Denise Bower (Chair)



The current Constitution can be downloaded from the following links

 TCDL Constitution-October 2014




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