Governance

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

The 67th Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 31st October 2017.

Board Director Introductions below:

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!

 

David Jackson – Director

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.

 

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.

 

Megan Alessandrini – Director

Megan Alessandrini

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. Megan recently adopted a 5 year old Spaniel x, Jock,  from the Dogs’ Homes who is bringing great joy to Megan and her family.

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. 

 

Aaron McClurg – Director

Aaron has over 15 years’ experience in the not for profit area working in Aged and Disability care including his current role as a Senior Manager. He has a Bachelor of Business with a major in Governance and Human Resources and has volunteered previously on the Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre Committee for 12 months.

Aaron has strong beliefs in the social benefits of having dogs as he sees the world as a much better place with dogs in people’s lives due to the joy that they bring. He also is passionate about promoting responsible dog ownership both within its home and when part of the community.

Aaron had up until recently 3 rescue dogs including one whom he got from the Dogs’ Home in 2002 when he first arrived in Tasmania. He looks forward to again adopting another fur baby in the near future from the Dogs’ Homes.

 

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

 

Belinda Barnes – Chief Executive Officer and Director, AWLA

Belinda has over 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 7 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 (8.5 years) and a 5 month old ‘Dogs’ Homes special’ 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 – Denise Bower (Chair)

Volunteer Sub-committee – to be appointed

 

Constitution

The current Constitution can be downloaded from the following links

 TCDL Constitution-October 2014

 

 

 



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