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Board Members

Composition of the Board

The Board draws on a range of expertise represented by nine members appointed by the Governor.  Each member is appointed for up to three years on conditions determined by the Governor.  Members are eligible for reappointment after that term expires.

The Dog and Cat Management Act, 1995  requires that four members of the Board are nominated by the Local Government Association (LGA) and four members are nominated by the Minister, the Chair being a joint nomination by both the LGA and Minister.

The current sitting members of the Board are:


Vacant - Chairperson



Gemma Russell

Gemma Russell is the General Manager Customer and Community Services at the District Council of Yankalilla.  Her portfolio includes Customer Service, Community Development and CHSP services, Library services, Planning and Development, Environmental Health, Animal Management and Regulatory Services. She has extensive experience in Local Government, executive positions in private industry as well as running her own IT training business in England.
Gemma was fundamental in introducing new Animal Management strategies within the District, including Dog and Cat By-laws, cat registration in 2017 and cat confinement controls for her local council.
Gemma emigrated from England in 1998, is married with 3 adult children and 3 grand-children which she is lucky to see most Sundays for family dinner!  She enjoys walks on Seacliff Beach with her Boston Terrier, Daisy.



Dr Susan Hazel

Dr Susan Hazel is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Ethics in the School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide. She is a veterinarian, current President of the Welfare & Ethics Special Interest Group of the Australian Veterinary Association and active in animal welfare and behaviour teaching and research.
Susan has a particular interest in the human-animal bond and the use of evidence-based strategies to enhance our relationship with companion animals in the community.


Dr Ron Somers

Ron has made a career investigating hazards and promoting community safety in Scandinavia and Australia.  From 1986-2013 Ron formally monitored the occurrence of trauma in South Australia, as the initiator and manager of Australia’s first hospital-based injury surveillance system.
After graduating from the University of California with a doctorate in public health, Ron joined an injury-prevention research team in Denmark, where he worked for three-and-a-half years, collaborating with the World Health Organisation.  Ron maintains a formal academic appointment at the University of Adelaide, Discipline of Public Health.  He works closely with various peak industry, consumer and safety bodies, including Standards Australia.
Ron has been responsible for a number of significant regulatory changes affecting consumer-product safety, road safety and other issues.   For 30 years, until July 2015, Ron was employed by the SA Department of Health. During the last nine of those years he held the position of Director, Epidemiology.
 In 2013 Ron’s work in the field of safe infant sleep was awarded a prestigious prize by the US Government.  He authored the world’s first standard on minimum safe firmness for infant mattresses, to help prevent accidental suffocation.


Rocky Warren

Paul “Rocky” Warren is the Manager, Regulatory Services with the Mid Murray Council where he has been employed since 1998.   Rocky served as a Police Officer with the South Australian Police Force for 19 years, before commencing a career in Local Government.
Rocky is the current President of the South Australian Local Government Authorised Persons Association, (APA), and has held this position since 2007.   A family man, residing in the Riverland, Rocky is passionate at improving the perception of Animal Management Officers, and their professionalism within the Community of South Australia, but at the same time ensuring that community expectations of Dog & Cat Management in rural areas is understood within the Animal Management Industry.