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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:


Chairperson - David Parkin

From 2010 to 2018, David was Mayor of the City of Burnside. During that time, he was elected to the Board of the Local Government Association, the LGA Executive Committee and as an LGA Vice-President. Prior to local government involvement, he served for five years as the Chair of Council of Pembroke School and eleven years in total on the Council. David was an economic and business consultant with State and Federal Government, corporate and private clients and a senior corporate executive. He served on the boards of five public companies and numerous private companies.
In his business career David has travelled widely and lived interstate and abroad, but always returned to Adelaide.


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

Dr Ron Somers 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 Regulatory Services Coordinator 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.


Dr Moira Jenkins

Dr Moira Jenkins is the Mayor of the City of Victor Harbor and has had significant experience working within a regulatory environment and within local Government. Moira is sensitive to the balance between the good management of dogs and cats, and the more emotive aspects of regulatory control. As a dog owner and as a psychologist, she understands the emotive aspects of pet ownership need to be taken into account when developing guidelines and regulations around dog and cat management. Moira recognises training, education and sometimes conflict management strategies are important parts of regularity control and building good relationships with the community to whom these laws impact. Moira has been significantly involved with the formation of the Victor Harbor Dog Park and the subsequent initiation of a community run 'Friends of Victor Dog Park' initiative, which aims to provide education to dog owners.


Dr Philip Roetman

Dr Philip Roetman has been involved in running innovative citizen science projects and events at UniSA from 2007 until 2018. These projects engaged thousands of citizen scientists in activities like counting koalas, tracking cats, spotlighting in rockpools, and recording bat calls. The data collected have been useful in understanding the distributions of species, the home-ranges of domestic pets, the management of abundant species, and the locations of threatened species. Projects included BioBlitz events, the Great Koala Count 2, Cat Tracker, Birding the burbs, Little Corellas, Edible Gardens, FlukerPosts and Goanna Watch. Philip is now an adjunct with university.


Dr Duncan McFetridge

Duncan grew up and went to school in Elizabeth and Salisbury, he then trained as a Technical Studies teacher going on to teach woodwork and metalwork at Port Augusta and Minlaton High Schools. After a few years teaching Duncan returned to study at Adelaide University and Murdoch University. As well as his Diploma in Teaching, Duncan has a degree in Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Duncan worked in racetrack practice and equine stud medicine in WA before returning to SA to establish his own mixed practice at Happy Valley which he ran for twenty years. In 2002 Duncan was elected to the South Australian State Parliament House of Assembly where he served for sixteen years, twelve of that as a Shadow Minister in a wide range of portfolios. Duncan now runs his family’s beef cattle and hay production farm at Meadows.
Duncan is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.