Board of Management
Chair: Ron Burke
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.
CEO: Dr Megan Davidson
Megan’s academic career at La Trobe University spanned 20 years including Head of School and member of Academic Board. She has been a consultant in the health and tertiary education sector with expertise in education and research. She is a foster carer for orphaned flying foxes and long-time advocate for flying fox conservation and welfare.
Appointed CEO in May 2018.
Deputy Chair: Dr Suffien (Suff) Suharju
Suff has had 10 years of experience in the animal health and welfare industry. He currently holds a senior clinical position within the Victorian greyhound regulatory body and is undertaking a Master of Business Administration (MBA). His experience includes consultation in animal health and welfare, operations management, animal cruelty investigations, teaching, policy and public education.
Suff has a strong passion for wildlife and believes strongly in the continual development of WV as a leading advocate and emergency responder to wildlife in need.
Board member since October 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.
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 Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne’s School of BioSciences, where she conducts research and teaches on the topic of wildlife ecology and management in contested urban, agricultural and forested ecosystems. 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, and she sits on the Executive of the Australasian Bat Society.
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.
Nicky has extensive volunteer wildlife rescue experience and made significant leadership accomplishments on the Committee of Management in a not for profit wildlife organisation.
Nicky is passionate about the importance of the work done by the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation community and has always sought to promote networking and collaboration, encourage continuing education, and supporting community engagement Through her Committee of Management role Nicky has experience in the governance of NFPs.
Nicky, who is a small business owner, has had an active, lifelong interest in improving animal welfare and believes that all animals should be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.
In October 2018, Nicky received the Wildlife Victoria “In Recognition of Service” Medal, for her contribution to Wildlife Victoria.
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.