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 met six times during the year and the number of meetings attended by each member is shown in brackets.

Mr Steve Crane BCom, FAICD, SF Fin (6)

Ministerial appointee. Chairman of Taronga Conservation Society Australia Board.

Mr Crane is Chairman of nib Holdings Limited and Global Valve Technology, and a Director of Australian Pipeline Limited (APA Group) and SCA Property. Steve has more than 40 years of financial market experience, as well as an extensive background in publicly-listed companies.

Term expires 30 June 2021.


Clr Roy Bendall (5)

Representing Mosman Council. Member of the Performance, Audit, Risk & 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 September 2021.


Ms Penny Bingham Hall BA FAICD SF Fin (5)

Ministerial Appointee. 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 and Executive General Manager Corporate. She is a Director on the boards of BlueScope Steel Ltd, Dexus Property Group, Fortescue Metals Group, Port Authority of NSW, Macquarie Specialised Asset Management 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 2020.


Ms Nancy Fox BA JD (Law) FAICD (6)

Ministerial appointee. Deputy Chair of Taronga Conservation Society Australia Board and Chair of the Performance, Audit, Risk & Safety Committee. 

Ms Fox is a Director on the Boards of Perpetual Limited, ING Bank Australia and Lawcover. She is Chairman of the Perpetual Equity Investment Company and a former Director of the Australian Theatre for Young People and HCF Life. Nancy has more than 25 years of experience in financial services and risk management gained in Australia, the United States and across Asia.

Term expires 30 June 2021.


Mr John Walkom (4)

Representing Dubbo Community. Member of the Strategy & Engagement Committee.

Mr Walkom is Chair of Regional Development Australia Orana, Independent Chair Dubbo Regional Council Audit Risk Management Committee, Board member of Western Regional Local Health District and Company Director Techni-Clean Australia. 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, federal, state and local government representatives.

Term expires 1 September 2021.


Mr Graham Wackett (5)

Representing Taronga’s volunteer community. Member of the Performance, Audit, Risk & Safety Committee and Strategy & Engagement 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 31 December 2021.


Dr Ian Roth PSM, BVSc, MANZCVs, GAICD (6)

Ministerial Appointee. Chair of the Wildlife Committee. Director on the Board of RSPCA NSW and RSPCA Australia, life member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, member of the Australian Veterinary Association 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.


The Hon. Robyn Parker GAICD (6)

Ministerial Appointee. Chair of the Strategy & Engagement 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. Ms Parker is a non-executive Director of several education and charitable organisations as well as Local Land Services Hunter Region. 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.

Term expires 31 December 2021.


Dr Rosalind Dubs, BSc Dr ès Sc FTSE FAICD

Ministerial Appointee. Member of the Strategy & Engagement Committee and Wildlife Committee. 

Dr Dubs has had a diverse international business career, with senior executive and board roles in publicly listed, private and government companies. Currently a Director of ASC Pty Ltd, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, ANU Enterprise Pty Ltd, Astronomy Australia Ltd, and former Director of Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. Previously she ran business lines for engineering multinational Thales SA in Paris, Stuttgart and Sydney. Dr Dubs has also been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) at the  University of Technology Sydney and chaired the Australian Space Industry Innovation Council.

Term expires 29 August 2020.


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

Divisional Director – Taronga Zoo
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 Karen Madden

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 True Swain

Director – Marketing & Digital Engagement
Ms Janelle Blue

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 (8)

Chair – Ms Nancy Fox

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
  • Mr Graham Wackett
  • Meets 6 times per year


Strategy & Engagement Committee (6)

Chair – Ms Robyn Parker

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

  • Ms Robyn Parker
  • Mr Graham Wackett
  • Mr John Walkom
  • Dr Ros Dubs


Wildlife Committee (6)

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)
  • Dr Ros Dubs


Animal Ethics Committee (6) 

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 (Wiszniewski) (Researcher)
  • Dr Frances Hulst (Veterinarian)
  • Dr Michelle Campbell (Veterinarian) 
  • Dr Peter Johnson (Veterinarian) 
  • Mr Brendon Neilly (Animal welfare representative)
  • Mr David Roden (Independent representative)
  • Mr Harold Eagleton AM (Independent representative)