RSPCA South Australia is governed by a Board of Directors.

The Board is responsible for establishing the organisation’s long term strategic direction, approving and monitoring organisational performance against budgets and plans, service standards and policy, and ensuring RSPCA South Australia acts lawfully and responsibly.


RSPCA South Australia Board Member Jerry Adams


Mr. Jerry Adams MBA, BA, FAICD
Jerry is a professional company director. In addition to his role on the Board of the RSPCA South Australia as A/President and Chairman of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Jerry’s directorships include Chairman of Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd; member of the Advisory Council of Berger Paints India Ltd; Chairman of Bolix SA (a building materials company in Poland); and membership on three Advisory Boards at the University of Adelaide. Jerry’s previous executive roles include Managing Director of Orica Consumer Products (Australia and New Zealand), President and CEO of Box USA (USA), Chief Executive of Amcor Fibre Packaging (Australia), Vice President and Director, Business Development, of Kraft Foods (Asia-Pacific) and consultant, the Boston Consulting Group (USA). He has also served as acting Dean of the Business School at the University of Adelaide.  Jerry was educated at the Harvard Business School (MBA, 1979) and the University of Washington (BA, 1975) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.




RSPCA South Australia Board Member Prof. Mary Beaton


Emeritus Professor Mary Barton AO, BVSc, PhD, Dip Bact, MBA, FACVSc, HonDVSc.
A retired Professor of Microbiology, Mary has had a lifetime involvement in animal welfare. She is currently  a member of the Board of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. A past Chair of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee SA, Mary is also past Chair/continuing member of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory Security Assessment Group, national Past President of the Australian Veterinary Association, a past/current member of a number of government and professional committees, councils and boards including the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science Council, Australian Veterinary Association Board, Australian Society for Microbiology Council, Australian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (chair of the Animals in Research and Teaching Working Group) and the NHMRC Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. Mary’s association with the Board of RSPCA South Australia extends to Past President and current Vice President, plus member of the Finance, Audit and Risk committee, the Animal Welfare Policy committee and the CEO Performance Review and Support committee.




RSPCA South Australia Board Member Maria Armstrong


Ms. Maria Armstrong
A former journalist and public relations consultant, Maria has worked for a range of media in Adelaide and Sydney, including ABC News, the Sunday Mail and the Sydney Morning Herald, and has extensive experience in organising major events. In the last fifteen years Maria has focused on producing educational videos for various animal charities to help raise awareness of the plight of intensively farmed animals including pigs and chickens and generally advised on media relations. Maria has also worked on campaigns to stop horse jumps racing and recreational duck shooting. She has been on the Board of the RSPCA since 2009 and serves on the Animal Welfare Policy Committee.





RSPCA South Australia Board Member Sarah Bolt


Ms. Sarah Bolt LLB
With a legal background spanning more than 20 years, Sarah has worked as a solicitor as a general practitioner and in the area of rights protection. Prior to taking up her current role as the head of the Police Complaints Authority (SA) she held the position as Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Tasmania. In 2002/03 Sarah was the Station Leader at Mawson Station Antarctica, a highlight of the year being the unique opportunity and privilege to witness the wonder of the Antarctic wildlife first hand. Through her roles and experience Sarah has gained considerable knowledge and understanding of the workings of government and strategies required to be heard by those influential in high level decision making. Her belief in the need for advocates to speak up for those unable to speak for themselves has been a driving force in her commitment to the positive advancement of animal welfare. She firmly believes promoting and protecting the welfare of animals to be as important as protecting the basic rights of human beings who are vulnerable and without a voice




RSPCA South Australia Board Member Giuliano Rech


Mr. Giuliano Rech MBA, FAICD, FAIM
Giuliano has broad knowledge and experience running small/medium businesses and has held various board roles on large corporate organisations.  He is the Managing Director of Electronic Corporation Pty Ltd, Vice President of the Commercial Travellers Association (SA) Inc and a Director of the Inner West Business Enterprise Centre Inc.  He is a former Director of Australian Central Credit Union Ltd and its associated entities and a past Councillor for the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters. Giuliano is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society and a past Associate of the Institute of Engineers Australia. Giuliano holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of SA, a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Graduate Diploma of Management from the University of SA, a Diploma of Management Practices (Marketing) from the Australian Institute of Management and an Associate Diploma in Electronic Engineering. He is an advocate for international peace and understanding, and cares deeply about the humane treatment of animals.



RSPCA South Australia Board Member Kay Butler
Ms. Kay Bulter BA (Accountancy) CPA
A Certified Practicing Accountant with a BA (Accounting), Kay is the Principal System Assurance Manager, Risk Management and Internal Audit for SA Health where she provides independent, objective evaluations covering all aspects of governance, internal control, risk management and service efficiency. Kay’s previous roles include the Director of Finance and Business Services at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, overseeing an operating budget in excess of $120 million. With more than 20 years experience in audit and senior financial and management positions, Kay has specific expertise in budget management, resource allocation, financial accounting and reporting. Kay is a member of RSPCA South Australia’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Governance Committee and the Animal Welfare Policy Committee.





RSPCA South Australia Board Member Debra Lane


Ms. Debra Lane LLB, GDLP
Debra has been a solicitor for more than 30 years, practising mainly in the areas of insurance/professional negligence, commercial dispute litigation and related advisory work. She has a Law Degree from the University of Adelaide and has taught there also.   She has experience as both a business owner and as an adviser to business. Debra has a life-long interest in animal welfare, and was Presiding Member of the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board of SA for 6 years. She is a member of the Animal Law Committee of the Law Society of and also is a member of the Board of Examiners and the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. She has been the SA Editor of the Insurance Law Bulletin for many years and is a past President of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group in SA and a director of a charitable Education Foundation. She is a member of the Research and Ethics Committee of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, an AHPRA Panel Member and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.Debra has been a director of RSPCA SA since August 2013 and is Chairman of the Governance Committee and a member of the CEO Review Committee. Debra and her family have long been supporters of RSPCA and have participated in all of the RSPCA Million Paws Walks in Adelaide.



RSPCA South Australia Jill Bottrall
Ms. Jill Bottrall
Jill Bottrall began her career as a newspaper and radio journalist based in Central Australia, Sydney, Darwin and Melbourne. She spent 23 years working in Government and Opposition in Victoria and South Australia, 17 years of which was as senior media adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff to former SA Premier Mike Rann. As a policy adviser, she managed several key portfolios for the Premier at varying times including defence, Federal/State relations (COAG), the arts, tourism and major events, higher education, transport, and was given special responsibility for zoos given her passion for animals. Since 2012 she has operated her own consultancy that specialises in strategic communications, government relations and lobbying. She serves on an Advisory Board for a major property group and a communications advisory panel for University of SA. Jill is a regular commentator on politics and current affairs for radio and TV. She also serves as South Australia’s nominee on the Board of RSPCA Australia and is a member of RSPCA SA’s Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee and is on the Marketing and Business Development Working Group. Jill is proudly owned by a 16 year old tabby and two rescued rabbits.