SPCA New Zealand

Senior Leadership Team

Our leadership team run the day-to-day tasks of managing the organisation

Gabby Clezy

Gabby Clezy


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.

Email contact: board.secretary@spca.nz

Arnja Dale

Arnja Dale

Chief Scientific Officer

Arnja Dale has over 20 years working in the field of animal welfare science in New Zealand and overseas. Prior to joining SPCA, Arnja was a Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law, headed numerous research projects, and also led the animal welfare investigations training programme at Unitec.

Arnja is passionate about animal welfare science and changing the hearts and minds of the next generation through evidence-based education initiatives.

Her house is filled with three cats (Tortoiseshell Lucy, Tabby Smallie and Bengal Leopard) plus Louie, a Chinese Hairless Crested dog who she adopted from the Auckland pound.

Sue Kinsella

Sue Kinsella

General Manager - Operations

Sue has been with SPCA since 2016, and has progressed from Rotorua Centre Manager to Area Manager, and is now our General Manager - Operations. Sue has led the central area through the many 'One SPCA' changes, and has a wealth of operational experience. She is a great asset to the Senior Leadership team and will play an essential role in the next phase of the SPCA journey.

Here, she is pictured with one of her 3 dogs – Mika who was a foster-fail but now a beloved member of the family.

Sarah Cotter

Sarah Cotter

General Manager, Engagement

Sarah Cotter holds the role of General Manager, Engagement (formerly GM Marketing & Fundraising), after a career spanning national and international roles in marketing, communications and fundraising.

Sarah is an energetic, skilled senior leader with an altruistic heart and breadth and depth of experience in social change, fundraising strategy, and engagement. Her experience spans both corporate and purpose organisations.

Sarah lives in a busy household which includes three furry family members – Winston the dog, and rescue cats, siblings Saint and Stormi. Winston and Saint have a competitive brotherly relationship, not surprisingly Saint has the upper hand.

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