The SPCA is an independent society lead by a CEO and governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. All directors are members of the society.
Chairman of the board
Gordon Trainer is the current Chair of the SPCA Board and has been a member of the Auckland SPCA Board since 2003 – initially as Treasurer and then as Chair since 2009. During this time Gordon has led a number of major change initiatives including reviewing the SPCA Auckland Board’s operating structure and introducing best practice governance policies and practices.
Gordon was elected Board President of the RNZSPCA in May 2016 and has been integral to the creation of One SPCA in New Zealand.
Originally from Scotland, Gordon immigrated to New Zealand in 1992. A finance, taxation and commercial professional with experience in both entrepreneurial and listed corporate companies, Gordon currently runs his own business consulting firm. Prior to this Gordon spent 20 years as a tax professional and Partner in Ernst and Young.
Gordon’s two cats were adopted as kittens from the SPCA.
Bice Awan has had a broad leadership career spanning many years in health and disability not-for-profit organisations in Canada and New Zealand. Prior to her current work as a Consultant & Teacher/Adviser in the public sector, Bice spent four years as the Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand. During this time she was also Chief Executive of Skylight – a national not-for-profit Trust focusing on supporting people of all ages through grief, trauma and loss.
In 2016 Bice received the ONZM for services to mental health and rehabilitation.
Bice is well known to the SPCA community, having been a Volunteer for seventeen years and a Wellington SPCA Board member for seven years.
Bice has recently adopted her dog Roza, a boxer cross from the SPCA.
David Broderick 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 background is in banking and business. He has worked for the 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. Since 2012 David has been a Key Account Manager for LexisNexis.
Part of David’s family is a seven-year-old SPCA cat called Marley.
Geraldine Brookman is corporate legal counsel with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, providing a broad range of commercial, governance and legal services to the Ngai Tahu organisation and its subsidiaries.
Geraldine has over 20 years’ experience as a solicitor in commercial law in New Zealand and Australia and a strong background in charities legislation. Geraldine also holds governance positions with other charitable entities including Habitat for Humanity (Christchurch) which provides affordable housing in local and international communities. In addition Geraldine has provided pro bono legal services to a number of charities.
Geraldine’s animal family consists of an ancient labradoodle called Reuben, cat Beauden, two giant bunnies – Nibbles and Buttercup – and a pony called Shinderella.
Siobhan Hale-Pennington is General Counsel at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and advises on legal and strategic issues, as well as providing policy and portfolio advice. Siobhan has 20 years’ of legal experience advising clients on risk management with particular expertise in public and administrative law, health and safety, cyber security and privacy matters. Prior to this Siobhan worked in senior legal roles at Chapman Tripp and Chen & Palmer.
She was appointed to the Wellington SPCA Board in 2014 and became Chair of the Risk Committee in 2016. During this time she led the Board through its new responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. This included the development of a new strategy, key performance measures, policies, reporting and metrics.
An animal lover, Siobhan and her partner split their time between Wellington and Martinborough, where they live with two cats, three alpacas, five sheep and a multitude of free-range rabbits.
Robyn Kiddle is 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.
Currently on the Board 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.
Bobbie’s home has two lovely SPCA cats – Mr Banjo, a very large ginger cat who rules the roost; and Miss Tabatha, a sleek and elegant lady who is as gentle as Banjo is rough. She also has two chooks who have complete free range of her garden.
Natasha Whiting has over 20 years’ experience in human resources working across many sectors and geographies. She is currently HR Director at DB Breweries and has formerly held a number of senior HR and Talent & Capability roles in New Zealand Post, Westpac and Telecom NZ.
For over 10 years Natasha has partnered with executive teams to ensure the people and culture agenda is front of mind in enabling organisational success. Her expertise lies in human resources strategy, transformational change and creating integrated and future-focused talent solutions.
Natasha has a background in law and a Master of Business Studies.
With a house full of pets (and children!) Natasha is passionate about the welfare of, and compassion for, animals.