Board of Management
Patron: Rob Gell AM
Founder & Executive Director at bhive Group Pty Ltd; Non-Executive Director at GreenCo Water Pty Ltd; Director at Institute for Workplace Skills & Innovation; Managing Director at Gellignite Pty Ltd
President November 2012 - January 2017.
Patron since 1997.
President: 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.
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.
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.
Alexia Boland is an Australian broadcast journalist and communications professional with more than a decade of industry experience. Most recently in 2016, Alexia joined Australia's leading communications organisation on energy and climate change, the independent and not-for-profit Climate Council as Senior Communications Advisor.
Alexia has a Master’s degree in Communication (Journalism and Professional Writing) and Bachelor in Media and Communications (Journalism and Public Relations) with Deakin University.
Board member since September 2017.
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
Secretary to the board: Rodney Borlase
Finance & Administration Manager, Wildlife Victoria
Secretary to the board since October 2013