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Delta's Board


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.



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. 



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.


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,  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 LLBElizabeth

Upholding a legal rights ranging from consumer protection to the right to information and ensuring the responsible development of the 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.

Christine Ryan

Christine joined the Delta Society as a volunteer in November 2013 working with her Schnoodle Marley at the spinal unit at the Christine RyanPrince of Wales Hospital in Randwick.  After a rigorous selection process, Christine was invited to join the board in November 2017.
Christine has an extensive background working as a retail executive for a number of Australia’s leading retailers.  With a career specialising in marketing, she also brings to the Delta Society a wide range of skills including integrated communications, sourcing and procurement, customer service expertise and supplier relationship management, budget management and senior leadership. 

In recent years Christine has worked as a retail consultant and continues to work as a Delta volunteer at the Children’s Hospital at Randwick with her dog Marley as a therapy dog team.  

I am delighted to join the Board of the Delta Society and am excited to bring my professional skills as well as my front line experience as a Delta volunteer to the role.”

John BroomeJohn Broome

John is CEO of the Association of Australian National Advertisers (AANA), an industry body prepresenting Australia's advertisers.  Prior to AANA, John had a 25 year marketing career in serveral packaged goods categories uncluding food, confectionery, cleaning and personal care, having worked with a number of global companies including Unilever, Kellogg, Nestle and Reckitt Benckiser.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, John has lived ad worked in several countries, including the US and Canada and is married to Jacquie with two daughters, Leah & Anna He has never been without a dog in the home and having become a volunteer at Greyhound Rescue, he has now adopted two greyhounds, Grace Kelly & Arlo, to add to the already resident cattle dog, Rory.

Susi Steigler-Peters MAICD

Susi is currently the CEO of RADII (Research Australia Development & Innovation Institute) which aims to improve learning Susioutcomes for students by providing research and advanced technologies to schools. A key service of RADII is Educational Analytics.  Until June 2017, Susi was the Global Education Lead in Telstra.

Susi’s key areas of focus remain the provision of thought leadership, solution innovation, industry insight & strategic engagement with education C-levels and ministers.
In 2010 Susi established and chaired the Education Leaders’ Circle which comprised highly respected education leaders from across Australia. Particular attention has been given to the business issues of student engagement, teacher professional learning, the role of assessment and the use of technology to transform the learning environment. The views of the Education Leaders’ Circle have been formalised in white papers which can be found at
Susi is Board Director of MCERA (Media Centre for Educational Research Australia) and The Delta Society. In 2013 Susi was invited to join the GSMA Global mEducation Advisory Group.  In 2012 she was appointed Chair of the AIIA (Australian Information Industry Association) National Education Special Interest Group; served as a Board member of the Greater Western Sydney Education Alliance; the ‘We Link’ Advisory Group hosted by Education Services Australia and, by invitation of the education minister, served as a Board member on the New South Wales Community Languages Schools Board.