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Section 6 of the Zoological Parks Board Act 1973 (NSW) stipulates the criteria under which the members are appointed to the Board.

Mr Steve Crane

Ministerial appointee. Chairman of Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Mr Crane is Chairman of nib Holdings Limited and Global Valve Technology, and a Director of Australian Pipeline Limited (APA Group).

(Term expires 30th June 2018).

Clr Roy Bendall

Representing Mosman Council. Member of the Corporate Services, Audit and Risk Committee. 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 to corporations and the Government in Papua New Guinea.

(Term expires 31st December 2017).

Ms Penny Bingham Hall BA FAICD SF Fin

Ministerial Appointee. Member of the Corporate Services, Audit and Risk Committee. Ms Bingham-Hall spent 23 years with Leighton Holdings, including as Executive General Manager Strategy and Executive General Manager Corporate. She is a Director of BlueScope Steel Ltd, Fortescue Metals Group, Macquarie Specialised Asset Management, DEXUS Property Group, Port Authority of NSW.

(Term expires 31st December 2020).

Ms Jennifer Cowley

Representing the local community in Dubbo. Member of the Marketing and Wildlife Committees. Ms Cowley is an active member of the local community in Dubbo, where she sits on a number of advisory boards. She runs her own media, community development and training consultancy, and is Editor of regional commentary and news magazine the Dubbo Weekender. Ms Cowley is an award winning journalist, a published children's book author and a regular media and current affairs commentator on ABC Radio (Western Plains).

(Term expires 30th June 2018).

Ms Nancy Fox FAICD

Ministerial appointee. Chair of the Corporate Services, Audit and Risk Committee. Nancy has over 30 years of finance, insurance and risk management experience, including 20+ years in senior management roles and 15 years board experience on a range of financial institutions, infrastructure, and not-for-profit boards. Nancy is currently Chairman of Perpetual Equity Investment Company (PIC.ASX), a director of Perpetual Limited (PPT.ASX), HCF Life and the Australian Theatre for Young People.

Her former executive positions include Managing Director and Asia Pacific Head of Ambac Assurance, Managing Director of ABN-Amro, AIDC and Citibank. Prior to her career in finance, Nancy was a trial attorney for Met Life in New York.

 (Term expires 30th June 2018).

Clr John Walkom

Representing Dubbo City. Member of the Marketing Committee. Mr Walkom is Chair of Regional Development Australia – Orana and Chair NSW Regional Development Advisory Committee. He is an active and highly regarded member of the local community in Dubbo and the Orana region, having worked closely with a broad range of stakeholders including community, business, state, Federal and local government representatives.

(Term expires 31st December 2018)

Mr Graham Wackett

Representing Taronga’s volunteer community. Member of the Corporate Services, Audit and Risk Committee and the Marketing Committee. Mr Wackett has been an active volunteer at Taronga Zoo in Sydney since 2006 and has a strong background in hotel, resort and attractions ownership and management. Previous executive roles include Managing Director and CEO of Southern Pacific

Hotel Corporation, and Managing Director Travelodge Australia and Travelodge Developments. Mr Wackett also has strong tourism industry experience, having previously served as a member of the Board of Tourism NSW, Tourism Training Australia and the Tourism Task Force.

(Term expires 31st December 2019). 


Ministerial Appointee. Chair of the Wildlife Committee. Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and Australian Veterinary Association, Board member of the NSW Branch RSPCA and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Until January 2016, Dr Roth was the NSW Chief Veterinary Officer, Director of the Animal Welfare Unit within NSW Department of Primary Industries and a Director of Wildlife Health Australia. He has worked in the areas of animal health and animal welfare for 35 years and was honoured in the 2016 Australia Day Awards to receive a Public Service Medal award "For outstanding public service to veterinary science, particularly animal welfare and biosecurity in NSW."

(Term expires 30th June 2020).

The Hon. Robyn parker

Ministerial Appointee. Member of the Marketing Committee. Ms Parker has over 30 years of public sector experience which began with roles in child and family services across a number of disadvantaged communities. She was a specialist TAFE teacher for over 14 years before moving into the political arena, spending 12 years as an MLC, MP and Cabinet Minister in the NSW Parliament. Ms Parker was the CEO of Delphis Australia until March 2017.