Section 6 of the Zoological Parks Board Act 1973 (NSW) stipulates the criteria under which the members are appointed to the Board. The Board met six times during the 2012/13 year and the number of meetings attended by each member is shown in brackets.
Mr Leonard Bleasel AM, JP FAIM FAICD (6)
Ministerial Appointee. Chairman of the Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Mr Bleasel was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Australian Gas Light Company (AGL) until his retirement in February 2001. He is Chairman of APA Group Ltd, APT Pipeline Limited and the CIMB Advisory Council, and a Partner of O’Connell Street Associates.
(Term expired 30/6/2013; reappointed to 30/06/15)
Mr Steven Crane (6)
Ministerial appointee. Deputy Chairman and Chair of the Marketing Committee. Mr Crane is a member of the CIMB Advisory Council, Chairman of Global Valve Technology and NIB Ltd, and a Director of Transfield Services Ltd, Bank of Queensland Ltd and APA Group Ltd.
(Term expired 30/06/2013; reappointed to 30/06/14)
Clr Roy Bendall (3)
Representing Mosman Council. Member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Clr Bendall is the Deputy Mayor of Mosman. He has broad experience working in international financial and capital markets, and project management specialising in the trade and maritime infrastructure sector. Clr Bendall is also a legal practitioner with experience in regulatory reform and the provision of regulatory advice including to corporations and the Government in Papua New Guinea.
(Term commenced 23/01/13; expires 22/01/15)
Ms Penny Bingham-Hall (n/a)
Ms Bingham-Hall is a Non-Executive Director of Sydney Ports Corporation, Australian Postal Corporation, BlueScope Steel Ltd and SCEGGS Darlinghurst Ltd. Previous non-executive roles include Inaugural Chairperson of Advocacy Service Australia, Deputy Chairperson of the Tourism and Transport Forum, Non-Executive Director of The Global Foundation, and Member of the Advisory Board of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. Ms Bingham-Hall also spent 23 years with Leighton Holdings, including as Executive General Manager Strategy and Executive General Manager Corporate.
(Term commenced 2/09/13; expires 2/09/17)
Ms Jennifer Cowley (5)
Representing the local community in Dubbo. Member of the Marketing Committee. Ms Cowley is a passionate advocate for regional Australia. She has broad experience in and involvement with both print and electronic media; and has worked extensively in adult education and training and in community development and advocacy. She works actively within regional and remote communities in her both her media and training capacities and sits on a number of advisory boards in fields including mental health, disability services and the arts.
(Term expires 30/06/2014)
Dr Kersti Seksel (4)
Representing veterinary science and animal welfare. Chair of the Wildlife Conservation, Health and Welfare Committee. Dr Seksel is the principal of a specialist referral only practice for animal behaviour. She is President of the Australian Companion Animal Council and sits on the Communication Group of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy. Dr Seksel is on the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee for the NSW Government and the Animal Welfare Advisory Working Group for Dairy Australia. She has completed an Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
(Term expires 30/06/2015)
Ms Nancy Fox (5)
Ministerial appointee. Member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Ms Fox is the Chairperson of Adelaide Managed Funds Ltd and a Director of HCF Life and APA Ethane Ltd. She is a Council Member of the Energy Security Council and a Director of the Australian Theatre for Young People.
(Term expires 30/06/2014)
Mr Richard Humphry AO, FCA FAICD AFIN MACS (5)
Ministerial Appointee. Chairman of the Finance and Capital Works Committee. Mr Humphry is a Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee for HSBC Australia Ltd and UGL Ltd, and Director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Bupa Australia Holdings Pty Ltd, and a Director of Bupa Australia Pty Ltd, Bupa Foundation (Australia) Ltd and O’Connell Street Associates. Mr Humphry is also a member of the Australian Olympic Committee (NSW) Fundraising Committee – London 2012.
(Term expires 30/6/2014)
Ms Catherine Strassberg (6)
Representing Zoo Friends. Member of the Wildlife Conservation, Health and Welfare Committee and Audit and Risk Committee. Ms Strassberg has been a member of Zoo Friends since 1995 and is the Chair of the Taronga Conservation Society Australia Education Committee. She is also Treasurer of the Children’s Tumour Foundation.
(Term expires 30/06/2014)
Clr John Walkom (3)
Representing Dubbo City Council. Member of the Marketing Committee. Clr Walkom is Chair of Regional Development Australia – Orana, Deputy Chair of the New South Wales Regional development Advisory Committee and a member of the Dubbo Economic Advisory Committee. He is an active and highly regarded member of the local community in Dubbo, having worked closely with a broad range of stakeholders including community, business and local government representatives.
(Term commenced 06/02/13; expires 05/02/15)