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.
Mr. Rob DiMonte FCA, BA(Acct), MAICD, WPO
Rob is the former Managing Partner for Deloitte in South Australia (2001 – 2014) and a Partner since 1994. Rob is a Chartered Accountant and a “design thinker”. He is able to design innovative solutions to “wicked problems” and he uses these skills in the areas of business strategy, operations improvement, organisational design and social change. Rob is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, member of the Institute of Company Directors and has held many board and board advisory roles over the past thirty years including Director, Medvet Pty Ltd, Consultant Advisor, Flinders University Business School, Director & Finance Committee Chair, The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Board in South Australia, and Director, The Chartered Accountants Benevolent Foundation Limited. Rob is the current President of RSPCA South Australia, and also serves as the Chair of the CEO Performance Review and Support committee and the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Ms. Deborah Miller BA, CPA, MBA, FAICD
Deborah is a professional Company Director after a 30 year executive career. Deborah has held a number of senior financial controller and company secretarial roles, including 5+ years she was a partner in an accounting firm. She was CEO of a national technology based company that bought together leadership, strategic thinking and risk. Deborah is the founder and Chair of Acuere, a business which helps companies increase sales revenue through sales & marketing strategy, implementation of sales methodologies and technology. As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors coupled with her MBA, Deborah has developed the skills necessary to contribute at the non-executive director level. Her strong sporting background has equipped her with team skills, communication skills and leadership. Deborah’s Board portfolio covers diverse enterprises spanning property, equities, technology, professional services, finance, retail and not for profit organisations. Deborah has an MBA from Adelaide University, BA in Accountancy and Diploma of the Security Institute. Deborah’s interests and passions include children’s welfare, women’s rights, animal welfare and is an active volunteer at Lifeline.
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, 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. Jerry is the Chair of the RSPCA South Australia Nominations committee, and is also a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
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 Vice President, plus member of the Finance, Audit and Risk committee, the CEO Performance Review and Support committee, and Chair of the Animal Welfare Policy committee
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 CEO Performance Review and Support committee, and the Animal Welfare Policy Committee.
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. Giuliano is a member of the RSPCA South Australia Governance committee and the Marketing & Business Development Committee.
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 South Australia since August 2013 and is Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the CEO Performance Review and Support committee. Debra and her family have long been supporters of RSPCA and have participated in all of the RSPCA Million Paws Walks in Adelaide.
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. Jill is a member of RSPCA South Australia Nominations committee, the Animal Welfare Policy committee, and the Finance, Audit and Risk committee. Jill is proudly owned by a 16 year old tabby and two rescued rabbits.
Mr. Marcus Gehrig
Marcus is currently the Executive Manager, Strategic Marketing & Fundraising at Minda Incorporated, one of the largest non-government disability support organisations in South Australia. He has had a broad-ranging business career with expertise in fundraising, business development, strategic planning, marketing and brand development. He has spent more than a decade in Executive roles across the private, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. In 2007 he joined Guide Dogs SA.NT as the Group Manager, Business Development and was instrumental in driving awareness and financial sustainability for the charity, turning a poor performing division into one that consistently exceeds revenue targets. Marcus grew fundraising profitability by over 600% increasing their active donor base from under 5,000 to over 30,000 active cash and regular giving donors. Joining Minda in 2013, Marcus has reshaped the way the organisation raises funds by implementing a range of new strategies which have dramatically increased Minda’s fundraising revenue and re-established Minda as a leader within the disability sector. Marcus is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and the Marketing & Business Development Committee.
Dr. Andrew Carter
Andrew joined the RSPCA South Australia board in 2015. Andrew is a member of the Governance Committee, and the Marketing & Business Development Committee.
Mr. Gary Burns
Gary re-joined the RSPCA South Australia board in 2015. Gary is a member of the Member, Nominations Committee.