Board of Directors

The RSPCA is governed by a team of dedicated Board members who are elected by RSPCA members.

Bernie Delaney 
BA. GradDip Mgt, FAICD

  • RSPCA Victoria Board’s nominated representative to the RSPCA Australia Board
  • Director, Delaney Jones Gillet & Associates Pty Ltd, since 2013
  • Director, Travellers Aid Australia, Director 2002-2013, including Chair 2005-2012
  • Director, Royal Flying Doctor Service (Victorian Section), Director since 2011, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Audit and Risk Committee
  • Range of roles at BHP Company and BHP Billiton, from 1990 to 2012. Most recent roles were the Vice President level in corporate affairs, government relations, mergers, acquisitions and divestments, asset protection and issues management as well as various positions in the up-stream petroleum and steel sectors
  • Director DF Strategy & Advisory Pty Ltd since 2011
  • Deputy Chair, Australia Korea Foundation, 2008 – 2011
  • Previous Director, Rotary Club of Melbourne, 2004 – 2006
  • Council Member, Minerals Council of Australia, 2004 – 2011
  • Chair, RSPCA Victoria Board, commenced on 16 February 2016

Bronwyn Hughes
BA, GradDip Lib, GAICD

  • Director, RSPCA Victoria
  • Chair, Animal Welfare Policy Committee (since November, 2012)
  • Board’s nominated representative to the Animal Welfare Foundation of Australia Trust
  • Involved in animal welfare for over 30 years
  • Inaugural Member of St. Martin’s Club (now Champion Circle)
  • Professional background in management and provision of library and information services at state and local government level and extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector providing adult education services to culturally and linguistically diverse communities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Councillor and management roles with the former Western Metropolitan Regional Council of Adult, Community and Further Education
  • Commenced on Board: 1 January 2012

Dr Carole Webb AM
BVSc (Hons), MACVSc (Feline Medicine)

  • Director, RSPCA Victoria
  • Practitioner, Feline Medicine
  • Past Executive Director, Cat Protection Society
  • Past volunteer veterinarian at the RSPCA primarily in the rehabilitation of felines
  • Extensive experience in cat welfare and management and previous member of several Government committees – AAWS Companion Animal Working Group, the Victorian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, DAMIC, NHMRC AWC and several institutional AECs as a Category C member
  • Commenced on State Council: 15 April 1997

Kate Warwick
BBus(Acc) CA

  • Director, RSPCA Victoria
  • Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
  • Chartered Accountant with experience across a range of different industries including retail, consumer products, agribusiness, manufacturing, mining and mining services, across Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom
  • Commenced on Board: 5 October 2016

Neelesh Mehta

  • Director, RSPCA Victoria
  • A Director with a reputation for shaping the DNA of organisations in competitive landscapes, achieving game changing profits.
  • Managing Director, Jaipur Asset Management Pty Ltd, since 2015
  • Board Member, Australian Scholarships Group, since 2017
  • Founder Chairman, We Ride (Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation), since 2017
  • CFO and Board Member, The Texas Peak Group of Companies, since 2006
  • Invitee to the Governance Committee, Previously on the Board, Finance, Noms and HR Committees, Samarinda Ashburton Aged Services, since 2015
  • Board Member, Chair Finance Committee, The Gawler Cancer Foundation, 2013 – 2018
  • Chairman/Board Member, Bicycle Industries Australia, 2014 – 2018
  • Board Member, Ashburton Support Services, 2012 – 2016
  • President/Chair of Nomination Sub-Committee, Emerge Australia, 2012 – 2014
  • Commenced on Board: 23 April 2019

Jacinta Carboon
BA (Marketing & Economics), GAICD

  • Director, RSPCA Victoria
  • Director, Neami National and member of Finance, Audit & Risk Management sub-committee
  • Director, Melbourne Market Authority and Chair Marketing sub-committee
  • Director, Women’s Information Referral Exchange and Chair Strategic Fundraising & Marketing sub-committee
  • Has had an executive career with top ASX 200 companies spanning three decades with a wealth of experience in strategy, business development, stakeholder management, marketing and brand stewardship. Was National Manager of the high profile Telstra Business Women’s and Small Business Awards for five years. At NAB held the position of Project Director, Women and Money and was the CEO of a Digital Agency for several years. Recently led Medibank’s Corporate Social Responsibility & Wellbeing programs and currently heads up Bayley House’s Fundraising, Marketing and Communications team.
  • Commenced on Board: 27 May 2019

Dr Joe Covelli
M.V.S, B.V.Sc (Hons), GAICD

  • Director, RSPCA Victoria
  • Practitioner, small animal medicine and surgery
  • Extensive experience in owning and operating small animal veterinary clinics
  • Previous Chair, St Marys Primary School Williamstown Advisory Board and Suzanne Cory High School Council
  • Academic Associate and External Examiner University of Melbourne Veterinary School 2000-2021
  • Member of The Australian Veterinary Association since 1990
  • Commenced on Board: 28 September 2023

Josh Underhill
LLB (Hons), BIR, GradDip LP

  • Director, RSPCA Victoria
  • Director, Legal at the Future Fund Management Agency
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Victoria
  • Over a decade of corporate law and governance experience, and work in the not-for-profit sector, in Australia and internationally
  • Member of the Animal Welfare Policy Committee (since January 2021)
  • Commenced on Board: 1 January 2024