Governance

Established in 1964, Animal Welfare League of SA (AWL) operates the state's largest animal shelter and leads the industry in re-homing lost, surrendered and abandoned animals. AWL is proud to provide high-quality animal care facilities to South Australia’s companion animals, their owners, and the broader community. 

AWL is in an exciting phase of change and growth, with a new $20m state-of-the-art facility and plans to expand to improve the welfare and experience for dogs at Wingfield. AWL is recognised for providing services for the state's animals in need and for its dedication to animal welfare.

AWL has thousands of dedicated supporters who fund AWL's crucial work bringing people and pets together to benefit the South Australian community. 

An elected volunteer board governs organisation's activities, directing the long-term strategic direction. The management team, under the guidance of CEO Dr Julie Bellamy, is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations.     

CHAIR

Mr Steven Weinert   BA (Acc)  MCom  FCPA  GAICD

General Manager Corporate Services, Wine Australia/Australian Grape & Wine Authority

  • Year joined AWLSA Board: 2016
  • Member of the Executive Sub-Committee
  • Member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee

DEPUTY CHAIR

Ms Katherine Bartolo   AAPI CPV

Valuer-General South Australia, Commercial and Legal,  Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

  • Year joined AWLSA Board: 2018
  • Member of the Animal Welfare Sub-Committee

BOARD MEMBERS

Ms Michelle Williams     MBA

Manager, Change Management, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Shared Services

  • Year joined AWLSA Board: 2014
  • Previous Chair of the Board: November 2018 to March 2019
  • Member of the Business Development Sub-Committee

Ms Cate Gaston      BA  GDipTour  GDipMgt  FGLF17

  • Year joined AWLSA Board: 2016
  • Member of the Business Development Sub-Committee

Dr Rob Rahaley   BVSc  MVSc  PhD  DACVP  MANZCVS  GAICD

Veterinary Surgeon

  • Year joined AWLSA Board: 2017
  • Member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee
  • Member of the Executive Sub-Committee
  • AWLSA representative on the Companion Animal Network Australia Board.

Dr Jo Powell   BSc  DVM  BEd (Adult Ed)  DipMgt  CIVTAE 

Veterinarian and Principal Lecturer, Foundation Skills, Primary Industries, Animal and Laboratory Sciences, TAFE SA

  • Year joined AWLSA Board: 2018
  • Chair Animal Welfare Sub-Committee (AWSC)
  • Member of the Executive Sub-Committee

Ms Louise Miller Frost B App Sc MA MPH MBA FAICD  

CEO, St Vincent De Paul Society SA Inc

  • Year joined AWLSA Board: 2018
  • Member of the Executive Sub-Committee
  • Member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Sub-Committee

Ms Lisa Bielby LLB(with Hons) and BA(Hons)(Psych)​

Partner, Lynch Meyer Lawyers, Adelaide

  • Member of the Business Development Sub-Committee

Ms Kylie Fergusen

CEO, Community Centres SA

  • Member of the Animal Welfare Sub-Committee