Our People

Our People

Taronga is constituted under the Zoological Parks Board Act 1973 as a statutory authority owned by the people of New South Wales (NSW) and administered by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. 

Amended legislation in 1992 defined Taronga’s responsibilities in education, conservation, research and recreation. A minor amendment to the Act was undertaken in 2008 to formally recognise Taronga Conservation Society Australia as the official name, to better describe the work of the organisation.

Appointed Board

Section 6 of the Zoological Parks Board Act 1973 (NSW) stipulates the criteria under which the members are appointed to the Board. The Board meets six times during the year.

Ms Penny Bingham Hall


Ministerial Appointee. Board Chair and Member of the Performance, Audit, Risk & Safety Committee. Ms Bingham-Hall spent 23 years with Leighton Holdings (CIMIC Group Limited) including as Executive General Manager Strategy. She is a Director on the boards of BlueScope Steel, DEXUS Property Group, Fortescue Metals Group, Vocus Group, Supply Nation and the Crescent Foundation. Ms Bingham Hall has extensive experience in the building, construction and property industries. She also spent 10 years as a Director and Deputy Chair of the Tourism and Transport Forum.

Term expires 31 December 2023.

Clr Roy Bendall

Representing Mosman Council. Member of the Performance, Audit, Risk and Safety Committee. Clr Bendall has broad experience working in international financial and capital markets, and project management specialising in the trade and maritime infrastructure sector. He is also a legal practitioner with experience in regulatory reform and the provision of regulatory advice to corporations and the Government.

Term expires 30 June 2023.

Dr Ian Roth PSM


Ministerial Appointee. Chair of the Wildlife Conservation Committee. Director on the Board of RSPCA NSW, life member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, member of the Australian Veterinary Association, Executive committee member of the Australian Veterinary Conservation Biology group 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 40 years and was honoured in the 2016 Australia Day Awards with a Public Service Medal "for outstanding public service to veterinary science, particularly animal welfare and biosecurity in NSW".

Term expires 30 June 2023.

Mr Murray Wood

Murray Wood is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Dubbo Regional Council, which has a population of approximately 55,000 people across an area of some 7,500km2, and maintains an annual budget of $230M. Murray leads an Organisation of 538 staff with a wide range of operations and services to the community within the Local Government Area. This role follows on from an extensive career in government at both state and local levels, affording Murray the opportunity to develop a wealth of industry experience and knowledge across Regional NSW in addition to the establishment of national and international networks.

Term expires 26 September 2023.

Ms Gretel Packer AM MAICD

Ministerial Appointee. Member of the Strategy and Engagement Committee. Ms Packer is Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Chair of the Packer Family Foundation, Director of the Sydney Theatre Company and Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation. Her philanthropic interests include a broad range of community activities and charities aligned to the arts, education, and environmental science. Ms Packer received an AM last year at the Queen’s Birthday Honours, in recognition to her commitment to the visual and performing arts and to conservation. Among her many interests, Ms Packer has been a long-term supporter of Taronga as a Founding Patron of the Taronga Foundation, launched the Taronga Conservation Science initiatives and sits on the Taronga Science Advisory Council.

Term expires 15 November 2023. 

Ms Kristin Stubbins

Ministerial Appointee and Chair of the Performance, Audit, Risk and Safety Committee. Kristin is the lead auditor for some of PwC Australia’s largest audit clients and is proud to lead the audit business. She has a focus on driving quality and integrity and is always conscious of the broader role the audit profession plays in underpinning trust in the capital markets. Kristin has a passion for innovation and bringing together diverse groups of people to effect change. She developed and leads a venture (InnoWell) between PwC and the University of Sydney to commercialise technology designed to transform the way mental health services are delivered both in Australia and globally. She is also leading a collaboration project across Asia Pacific to disrupt the external audit through technology. Kristin was named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s “100 Women of Influence” in 2019, having been nominated in the innovation category. She is a Board Member of Mindgardens (an innovative mental health alliance) and works with a group of senior female business leaders seeking to empower women in developing nations through education.

Term expires 30 June 2024.


Taronga Executive Team

The Executive Team meets monthly as a collegiate group to guide implementation of Taronga’s strategies and review performance.

Chief Executive
Mr Cameron Kerr

Executive Director – Taronga Zoo Operations
Mr Simon Duffy

Divisional Director – People, Culture and Safety
Ms Bettina Sammut

Divisional Director – Corporate Services and Governance
Ms Narelle Beattie

Divisional Director – Marketing, Communications and Fundraising
Ms Leila Davis

Divisional Director – Welfare, Conservation and Science
Mr Nick Boyle

Divisional Director – Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Mr Steve Hinks

Director – Information & Digital Technology
Mr Paul White

Director – Capital Programs
Mr Brad Milner

Director – Taronga Foundation
Ms Leila Davis

Director – Education
Mr Paul Maguire

Director – Guest Experience & Commercial Operations
Mr Alex Emson

Director – Asset Management
Mr Rodd Stapley

Board committees

Performance, Audit, Risk & Safety Committee

Chair – Ms Kristin Stubbins

Monitors financial performance, including work health and safety, environmental sustainability, human resource management, capital works programs and infrastructure. Monitors and covers issues relating to internal control systems, risk management systems, financial reporting and other financial responsibilities. Consists of selected Board Members with representatives from the NSW Audit Office and independent auditors Ernst and Young:

  • Mr Roy Bendall
  • Ms Penny Bingham-Hall

Strategy & Engagement Committee

Chair – Vacant

Monitors all marketing activities including communications, Taronga Foundation, guest experience, community programs and tourism development. Consists of selected Board Members:

  • Ms Gretel Packer

Wildlife Conservation Committee 

Chair – Dr Ian Roth

Monitors population management, wildlife conservation, research and veterinary services. Consists of selected Board members and external contributors from appropriate specialist fields: 

  • Prof Richard Kingsford, University of NSW
  • Prof Chris Dickman, The University of Sydney (until August 2017)
  • Ms Brooke Taylor
  • Mr Paul Sinclair, Mirri Mirri
  • Mr Steve Coleman, RSPCA NSW
  • Dr Simon Longstaff AO, The Ethics Centre (since October 2017)

Animal Ethics Committee

Statutory committee through which all research projects involving animal research must be approved. Constituted in accordance with the Animal Research Act 1985 and consists of the following representatives:

  • Dr Justine O’Brien, Chair
  • Dr Monique Van Sluys (Researcher) 
  • Dr Jo Day (Researcher)
  • Dr Frances Hulst (Veterinarian)
  • Dr Peter Johnson (Veterinarian) 
  • Mr David Roden (Independent representative)
  • Mr Harold Eagleton AM (Independent representative)
  • Dr Catherine Brett (Animal welfare representative)
  • Mr Aaron Purcell (Animal welfare representative)