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Delta's Board

Chairperson

Robin Simpson, B.A. (Psych, Comp Sci), GAICD

Robin is a 35-year computer industry veteran specialising in mobile computing, digital business strategy and IT executive coaching. He lives in Sydney with his wife Jan and their two labradoodles Leo and Rafa. Both Jan and Robin are active Delta Therapy Dog Volunteers.

 

Directors

Phillip Palangas, B. Business (Accounting)

Initially I was employed in a range of financial positions before moving into a number of senior administrative roles which then led to general management. Prior to retiring, I owned and operated a software development company.

An involvement in dog breeding and showing peaked other interests which included animal behaviour and welfare.  These interests led to volunteering as an instructor at my local dog club for over 30 years and as a Director (including 9 years as chair) of an animal welfare organisation. The belief in the human animal bond led to being a founding member of Delta Society Australia. 

 

Dr Kersti Seksel, BVSc (Hons) MRCVS MA (Hons) FANZCVS DACVB DECAWBM

Kersti graduated in Veterinary Science from Sydney University and became very interested in animal behaviour while working overseas. To further her knowledge she went back to university graduating from Macquarie University with a BA in Behavioural Sciences with a major in psychology. In 1992 she began developing the program of Puppy Preschools® in veterinary hospitals around Australia. This interest led her to complete a MA (Hons) degree by thesis on the long and short term behavioural effects of puppy socialisation and training programs. She is a registered veterinary specialist in Animal Behaviour, a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary scientists in Animal Behaviour, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviourists and a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine- Companion Animals. She is an adjunct senior lecturer at Charles Sturt University and honorary associate at University of Sydney. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Danielle Nelson
Danielle has worked in the veterinary, animal health and welfare industry for over 20 years.  She has had extensive experience in practice in Australia, the UK, Germany and the US, before moving into industry in a marketing capacity for various local and multi national pharmaceutical and pet nutrition companies.  Danielle has also worked within animal welfare and fundraising.  Along with her family, she shares her home with her dog Audrey and cat Isabella.

 

Margaret Conley, BA (Hons), FAICD

The majority of my working life has been in the not-for-profit health-related arena, including some years with the Australian Veterinary Association.  Chief Executive and Board director roles have involved me working closely with volunteers and members, and have required the ongoing development of high levels of broad management expertise and governance acumen.

Twenty years in Chief Executive roles was preceded by considerable experience in policy development, including with the then federal Minister for Health. 

It is a great pleasure to bring together so many facets of my  life in this Delta Board role - a childhood growing up on a farm, a passion for human and animal health and welfare, seasoned by years in management and numerous non-executive director roles.

 

Hannah Stenning, BA (Communications)Hannah

Hannah is a media professional and currently works as Commissioning Editor for Australia's biggest news website, news.com.au.  Previously she worked as a producer for Channel 9 at the Today Show and 60 Minutes. 

After a decade working for some of Australia's biggest media organisations she understands what engages and moves Australians, especially on social media. 

A lifelong animal lover, she currently lives with two free range rabbits and is hoping to welcome a dog into her life very soon.

 

Elizabeth Tydd ML LLB

Upholding a legal rights ranging from consumer protection to the right to information and ensuring the responsible development of theElizabeth profit and not for profit sectors over the past 20 years has galvanised my commitment to individual and societal well-being. 

Sustainable development and reform is best achieved through partnerships and mutual understanding. My success in roles including the NSW Information Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner Fair Trading, Executive Director Liquor Gaming and Racing and Deputy Chairperson Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal has ensured my legal, regulatory and stakeholder management skills.

The healthy, functional integration of human and animal well-fare readily align with my personal values and professional expertise. I am inspired by the work of the Delta Society and I look forward to making a significant contribution to our future growth and direction.