SPCA New Zealand

Senior Leadership Team

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

Andrea Midgen

Andrea Midgen


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.

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.

Sam Powell

Sam Powell

General Manager - Operations

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.

Sara Cotter

Sara Cotter

General Manager, Engagement

Sarah Cotter is the newest member of the Senior Leadership team and joins SPCA as 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.

Susan McGregor Bevan

Susan McGregor Bevan

General Manager, Social Enterprise

Susan is an experienced General Manager with a strong track record across diverse roles in the private, public, non-profit and social enterprise sectors.

Susan helps organisations identify and implement opportunities to partner with others to drive results. Prior to joining SPCA, Susan held a number of management roles for organisations, including Vodafone, Unitec, The Mind Lab, Housing New Zealand and Auckland Council.

Passionate about social and environmental sustainability, Susan is currently completing a Masters in Technological Futures, focused on innovation, design thinking and agile practices, and the potential of emerging and disruptive technologies.

Susan and her family are animal lovers, who adore their terrier cross named Furly, named after one of her favourite places, the Ranfurly area of Central Otago. As a true child of the 80s, Susan’s rescue cats growing up were named Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.

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