Our CEO & Board
SPCA is an independent society lead by a CEO and governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. All directors are members of the society.
Gabby is an experienced executive with a background in health, tertiary education, social services and aged care in the UK and New Zealand.
In September 2022, Gabby joined SPCA as CEO bringing her wealth of executive and governance experience to the world of animal welfare. Previously, she was the inaugural Chief Executive of Haumaru Housing LP, one of the largest community housing providers in New Zealand.
Animals have been a big part of Gabby’s life since she was a child and she is delighted to be part of the SPCA family, building on the charity’s 150 years of dedication to helping animals and improving the welfare of all animals.
Gabby is passionate about making a difference in the community and currently volunteers as a trustee of the Waitematā Community Law Centre. She has previously been Vice Chair of Volunteering Auckland along with serving on the Board of Melanoma NZ.
Gabby lives in central Auckland with her family and dog Parker.
Chairman of the board
David Broderick is the Founder and Managing Director of Investus Capital Limited, a Christchurch-based commercial property investment and syndication company. He joined the SPCA Canterbury Board in 2010 and in 2016 was appointed Chair and elected as a member of the RNZSPCA Board. During the past year David has helped to guide the organisation through a period of significant structural and transformational change.
David’s has held a variety of professional services and finance roles including 8 years with Bank of New Zealand in advisory and relationship roles – in both business banking and property – with accountability for managing groups of complex institutional and investor clients, and with LexisNexis supporting the technical resource needs within the legal industry.
David lives with his partner Kirsty in Christchurch with their 11 year old SPCA cat Marley, and enjoys spending time restoring classic cars, mountain biking, music and snow boarding.
Vice Chair of the board
Robyn Kiddle was formerly Chief Executive at Child Cancer Foundation. Her interest in the not-for-profit landscape began with her appointment as Chief Executive to Tennis Auckland where she transformed the annual international tennis events. Prior to this Robyn had an extensive commercial and leadership career predominantly with Westfield in Australia and New Zealand – in senior marketing and general management roles.
Having brought significant change to both for-purpose organisations Robyn is now an independent consultant and is pursuing further governance roles.
Currently Chair of Tennis Northern, Robyn’s interests are in sport, children and animals – all well-reflected in her career and governance involvement.
Robyn has two adult children and a wonderfully cheeky Maltese-Jack Russell cross called Franki.
Bobbie O’Fee is well known to the SPCA community, she has been a member of the National SPCA Board since 2015 and was the former Chair of the Manawatu SPCA. In addition, as the Chair of the national SPCA’s Audit and Risk Committee Bobbie has led the governance, finance and risk functions through the structural transformation to One SPCA.
Bobbie owns and operates a large accounting practice in Palmerston North, specialising in business development, strategy and governance. Bobbie’s clients span a wide cross-section of New Zealand businesses including not-for-profit organisations, franchises and large organisations in the agricultural sector.
Bobbie has considerable governance experience as Chair of a number of privately owned companies and through her involvement in numerous professional committees.
Currently Bobbie’s home has Mr Banjo, a very large ginger cat who rules the roost.
Steve joins the SPCA Board having been in both executive management and governance having, most recently, been Chief Executive and Director (co-founder) of Pet Doctors, New Zealand’s largest group of companion animal veterinary practices. Pet Doctors flourished based on innovation and a strong team-centred, high-service model.
From 2013 to 2016 Steve was Chair/Director of The New Zealand Veterinary Association involving on-going lobbying and networking across both government and commercial sectors, locally and internationally.
Steve brings a wealth of experience in developing and implementing strategy, culture, new product development and innovative distribution channels.
Julie joined the SPCA Board in early 2022, excited to make a tangible contribution in a governance role aligned to her values.
Julie Sellar holds the Finance Director role for the largest aged care provider in New Zealand, BUPA. As a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, she brings her experience with complex financial and company structures to our SPCA whānau.
Julie’s love for animals stems from a lifelong love of cats and childhood growing up with dogs. She lives in Wellington with her husband, two daughters and their much-loved cat Smokey.
David is passionate about using entrepreneurial skills to ensure the future sustainability of the charitable sector.
Coming from an accounting background, David is now a highly experienced board trustee. He holds positions on the Chartwell Charitable Trust and Glenice and John Gallagher Foundation, among other trustee and director appointments for a varied number of client and personal entities.
David joined the SPCA Board in early 2022, relishing the opportunity to care for the animals and help those unable to help themselves. His own animal whānau include a dog, a cat and a small breeding flock of baby doll sheep.
Jane is an experienced business leader and influential Board member, recognised in the New Zealand property industry as a sector expert.
Currently, she is a Partner at Bell Gully and holds Board positions with the New Zealand Green Building Council and (as a New Zealand Superannuation Fund appointed director) with New Zealand Hotel Holdings.
She joined the SPCA Board in early 2022, after many years supporting the organisation and previously being a member of the Auckland SPCA Board – prior to the organisation becoming one national entity.
Jane currently has a tabby cat called Toby, who is a SPCA kitten Jane and her partner fostered before adopting. Jane has had a number of much-loved cats over the years, all from the SPCA.