Wildlife Victoria Board
Chair: Catherine MacLeod
B.Ec (Hons), MBA, GAICD
Catherine is a Banking and Finance Executive with over 25 years experience in strategy development, digital & IT, product management, transformation and finance and risk.
Brings a Management Consulting background, with prior experience advising clients in Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance and Funds Management in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.
Catherine has prior NFP experience in the education and community arts sectors and is adept at government & stakeholder engagement, governance and financial oversight.
Catherine has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Monash University, an MBA from Melbourne Business School, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program (AMP191)
Catherine has a lifelong interest in wildlife and is passionate about Green Tree Frogs and Australia’s unique Native birds.
CEO: Lisa Palma
BBus (Banking & Finance), MBA
Lisa has been a corporate executive for over 25 years and has broad end to end expertise spanning IT, Operations, Product Management, Project Delivery and Strategy in large and complex organisations. Lisa has worked at some of Australia’s largest banks including National Australia Bank, Macquarie Bank and Commonwealth Bank. She has been a member of many executive teams, has led large teams and lines of business and has managed multiple diverse stakeholders and outsourced service providers. She is an expert in business transformation.
Lisa has been actively involved in wildlife volunteering since 2012. She runs a licenced wildlife shelter where she has rescued and rehabilitated a range of species including kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums, a number of bird species, grey headed flying foxes, microbats and lizards. Lisa has also provided pro bono services to the wildlife sector in the form of strategic planning, business case development, code submission reviews and incident management.
Lisa is passionate about making a difference, with a particular interest going forward in working with socially responsible organisations and applying her corporate skills into the not for profit sector.
BA (Hons); MBA
Ron has extensive experience in corporate and not-for-profit management in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the United States. He has held senior management positions in corporate affairs and marketing for major Australian and international companies including National Australia Bank, Suncorp, Exxon, Mobil and AXA. Those roles included responsibility for Chief Executive and Board advice on corporate positioning; strategy; organisational change and crisis management; brand building; and corporate and investor communications.
Board member since January 2017.
Marcus Godinho is the CEO of FareShare – where he has established Australia’s largest charity kitchens operating in Melbourne and Brisbane over 11 years. Prior to that he was Executive Director of Environment Victoria. Marcus has worked at the Australian Conservation Foundation and sat on the national board of the Wilderness Society. Before joining the community sector, Marcus spent eight years working in corporate affairs roles with National Australia Bank and Mobil. He is also a Director of the Lions Club of the Melbourne Markets – which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for Melbourne charities.
Board member since April 2016.
Deputy Chair: Jodie Siddall
BA, LL.B., LLM
Jodie is a senior governance professional with expertise in compliance, risk management, corporate governance, legal advice and regulatory change. Jodie is currently the Chief Compliance Officer, Asia Pacific for Morningstar, a global provider of independent investment research, financial information and data and investment management products and services.
Prior to her role at Morningstar, Jodie has held roles at ANZ, S&P Global and Insurance Australia Group. Jodie holds a Masters of Law from Monash University, a Bachelor of Law and Arts from Deakin University and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Board member since December 2017
Dr Pia Lentini
Pia is a Senior Research Fellow with RMIT University’s ICON Science group, where she conducts research on the ecological and social dimensions of wildlife management and conservation. She has published and presented extensively on mammal, bird and invertebrate conservation, as well as environmental and biodiversity policy. Although she works on a broad range of species, Pia has a particular soft spot for bats because of their fascinating and often misunderstood nature. Pia also teaches Wildlife Management at the University of Melbourne, is on the editorial board for the journals Biological Conservation and Animal Conservation, and sits on the Victorian Scientific Advisory Committee.
Sharon has a strong awareness of current community wildlife issues and concerns, together with a wealth of knowledge and practical skills gained through grassroots experience in leading a wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release organisation. Sharon is a passionate advocate for wildlife welfare and conservation.
Prior to her involvement in the not for profit sector Sharon had over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in human resources, culture and engagement for companies including ANZ, Accenture, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Those roles included responsibility for senior executive advice on remuneration, employee engagement, employee communication and change management.
Through her Committee of Management roles in the not for profit sector Sharon has a strong knowledge of regulatory and governance frameworks for NFPs.
Sharon has Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Management from RMIT.
Ewan Walsh is a Management Consultant with expertise in Strategy, specialising in improving the Customer Experience through Marketing, Digital and improved systems and processes.
Ewan would like to help make it easier and faster for partner organisations and staff, volunteer and public stakeholders groups to engage with Wildlife Victoria so that Wildlife Victoria can help more wildlife.
Ewan spent 10 years working in the retail and wholesale photographic industry, has created multiple start-up businesses for corporates over a 10 year period and was with JBHiFi for 4 years. He has consulted over a 15 year period to national wholesalers & retailers, NFP, consumer electronics, homewares, pharmacy, automotive and trade services.
Ewan has a Bachelor of Business with Monash University with focus on Accounting, Computer Science with a major in Management. He is a member of the AICD and lives in the Macedon Ranges.
Board member since August 2019.
BVSc (Hons 1)
Carly is a strategic Operations Leader with extensive experience spanning across health & education sectors. Carly’s ability to deliver key organizational and commercial objectives is attributed to her success in developing high performance teams and facilitating effective change management.
Carly is a qualified Veterinarian with experience in both clinical and managerial roles, most notably with Greencross Vets Ltd. Carly currently manages one of Australia’s largest Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) programs across Victorian government, Catholic & independent schools. Carly is passionate about building effective relationships and driving wildlife advocacy within her chosen fields.
Carly has her Bachelor in Veterinary Science (Hons 1) from the University of Queensland.
Secretary to the board
Rodney Borlase is the Finance & Administration Manager for Wildlife Victoria. Rod has over 20 years senior finance management experience in listed diversified industrial companies, and more recently over 7 years experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Rod has a Bachelor in Business with Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma in Management with Monash University.
Rod has been Secretary to the board since October 2013.