SPCA New Zealand

Senior Leadership Team

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

Andrea Midgen

Andrea Midgen

SPCA CEO

Andrea is an experienced executive with a corporate background holding various senior roles in finance, business integration and change programs, strategy and customer service.

She began her career as an accountant and has worked in New Zealand and overseas for large organisations such as Owens Transport, British Airways, Ericsson, Vodafone and Southern Cross Healthcare. In the not-for-profit space Andrea was Chair of the Vodafone NZ Foundation, who have a focus on at-risk youth.

Andrea is passionate about people, animals and making a difference in this world of ours, and sees her role at SPCA New Zealand as wonderfully value-aligned with her passions.

Jack the dog is a key part of Andrea's life. He was rescued from a property in Northland, having been chained to a tree for the first year of his life. Jack now gets to go to work with Andrea each day and enjoys a lot of human & dog socialisation.

Email contact: board.secretary@spca.nz

Tony Lemmens

Tony Lemmens

General Manager Finance & Shared Services

Tony Lemmens brings a broad commercial skill-set to One SPCA, with multi-functional commercial and business experience in the telecommunications, financial services, consumer goods, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals sectors.

With experience in strategic planning, driving organisational change, and developing high performing teams Tony is passionate about working with all stakeholders across SPCA to deliver its vision and purpose.

Tony has two adorable dogs – Honey a Cavachi and Bella an English Springer Spaniel.

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.

Dominique Leeming

Dominique Leeming

General Manager Marketing & Fundraising

Dominique Leeming has 19 years’ experience as an award winning professional fundraiser and marketer, preceded by many years of voluntary service in the charitable sector.

Prior to joining SPCA she held national roles with Coastguard New Zealand and Relationship Services Whakawhanaungatanga. Dominique has a long record of commitment to the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand, serving at one time as Vice President she currently sits on the Ethics Committee. She is also a Fellow of the Institute.

Dominique has a busy household with a large mixed-breed dog from the Christchurch City Council Dog Shelter called Chum, two Chihuahuas from SPCA called Charlie and Ace, two cats Dora and Scout plus eleven chickens.

Julia Wiegandt-Goude

Julia Wiegandt-Goude

General Manager People, Culture & Safety

Julia Wiegandt-Goude has over 25 years’ experience working in the Human Resources field in a range of public sector and private organisations, both here and in the UK. Prior to joining SPCA, Julia was the People Director for Bupa NZ Ltd, where she and her team looked after the just over 5,000 employees in locations from Invercargill to Whangarei.

Julia is passionate about the purpose of SPCA and helping New Zealand’s animals. She and her husband Mark share their home with a well behaved Rottweiler named Loki and a pond full of goldfish.

Jen Radich

Jen Radich

General Manager Northern Region

Jen Radich is well-versed in the not-for-profit sector having recently led the amalgamation of the regional trusts of the Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ – a project with strong parallels to One SPCA. This also included the development of a three-year strategy and transition of the national team.

Prior to this Jen held executive roles with Westpac and Dun & Bradstreet in the areas of product development, procurement and national sales.

Jen gets all her animal interactions every day at work.

Ros Alsford

Ros Alsford

General Manager Central Region

Ros Alsford has a wealth of experience of working in animal welfare organisations with the last 10 years in New Zealand working at NZVA and SPCA Wellington.

Previous to this Ros lived in Botswana performing in operational and marketing roles and was instrumental in setting up the first SPCA in Botswana.

Ros has a very spoilt dog called Mabel who was rescued from an unfortunate situation in Wellington. Mabel shares her humans with a grumpy black and white cat called Harley and a tortoiseshell cat called Tessa.

Tracy Phillips

Tracy Phillips

General Manager Inspectorate

Tracy brings a wealth of knowledge to SPCA and has worked most of her career in the New Zealand Police. Starting in Lower Hutt and Wellington prior to joining Dog Section, she later set up Police Horse teams in the North Island and is a willing passenger on her Clydesdale / standardbred cross Morpheus.

Prior to Joining Police she was a NZ Representative in Track and field and represented NZ in High Jump and competed in heptathlons.

Tracy was awarded a MNZM in the 2018 Queens birthday honours for her work in communication, with Rainbow communities and humanity projects in the Police. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and advocates for positive change.

Sam Powell

Sam Powell

General Manager Southern Region

Sam’s leadership and general management roles, both in New Zealand and Australia, span the public, not-for-profit and community services sector. Before joining SPCA Sam was General Manager at Nurse Maude where she led the implementation of a cloud based client management and mobile IT solution for all administration and community based staff, and the expansion of Nurse Maude’s services into the Nelson/Marlborough and Wellington regions, involving the amalgamation of more than 500 staff into the organisation.

Sam’s considerable experience in transformational change, leading high performing teams and delivering services in a constrained public and not for profit environment has now been brought to SPCA to further its vision, purpose, and values. Sam is a strong believer in speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves.

She and her husband Mark share their home with Bruce the Boxer who follows the rules of Olive the cat.

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