SPCA New Zealand

Our 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.

Our Board
Our Board
David Broderick

David Broderick

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.

Robyn Kiddle

Robyn Kiddle

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.

Gordon Trainer

Gordon Trainer

Board member

Gordon Trainer was previously a member of the Auckland SPCA Board since 2003 – initially as Treasurer and then as Chair from 2009 to 2017. During this time Gordon led a number of major change initiatives including reviewing SPCA Auckland Board’s operating structure and introducing best practice governance policies and practices.

Gordon served on the RNZSPCA board from 2013 to 2014 and was elected Board President of the RNZSPCA in May 2016. He played an integral role in the creation of One SPCA in New Zealand. He served as Chairman of RNZPSCA from 2017 to January 2021.

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 has an 11 year old cat adopted as a kitten from SPCA.

Siobhan Hale-Pennington

Siobhan Hale-Pennington

Board member

Siobhan Hale-Pennington has worked as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors, including most recently as a member of the Policy Advisory Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has 20 years’ experience advising clients on risk management with particular expertise in public and administrative law, health and safety, cyber security, information management and privacy matters. Prior to this Siobhan worked in senior legal roles at Chapman Tripp and Chen & Palmer.

Siobhan was appointed to the Wellington SPCA Board in 2014 and became Chair of the Wellington 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 four cats, four alpacas, the occasional flock of sheep and a multitude of free-range rabbits.

Bobbie O’Fee

Bobbie O’Fee

Board member

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 Merchant

Steve Merchant

Board member

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.

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