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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:

Dr Felicity-ann Lewis


A dedicated, dynamic leader, Dr Felicity-ann Lewis is passionate about creating a better, healthier, more inclusive Australia.

Both a leader and a team player, Felicity-ann is continuing her involvement on the Migrant Resource Centre, Nature Play SA, and the ANZAC Commemorative Committee. She has recently accepted a 3 year appointment on the National Press Council, Chairperson of the Dog and Cat Management Board and Chair of Regional Development Australia- Adelaide Metro.

She has a Doctorate of Education from the University of South Australia and is currently a senior lecturer at Flinders University in the School of Education.

Felicity-ann recently completed 14 years as the Mayor of the City of Marion and a two year term as National President of the Australian Local Government Association and was the 2014 SA  Australian of the Year.


Cr Jan Loveday

Cr Jan Loveday is an elected member of the Adelaide Hills Council. After she graduated from Canterbury University (Christchurch), teaching took Jan to England, Asia and eventually South Australia. This background lead her into technical writing, training and development work in SA mostly in the defence industry.

Formerly, Jan bred Jack Russells but now is retired with two twelve year old ‘puppies’.


John Darzanos

John Darzanos has been employed by the City of Salisbury for approximately 25 years. As Manager an Environmental Health and Safety, John has been responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Dog and Cat Management Act.

John is the Council representative at the Dog and Cat Management Board Senior Officers Meetings and is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Councils Dog and Cat Management Plan and has presented Council reports on legislative amendments, dog friendly park developments and by laws for dogs and cats.


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.


Cr Gail Kilby

Cr Gail Kilby is a member of City of Onkaparinga Council, Justice of the Peace and Marriage Celebrant.  She has enjoyed a stint as Deputy Mayor and is now serving her second term in the Wine Coast Ward.  Gail’s career path has included roles in Administration, Information Technology Management and Training in the public, private and not for profit Sectors.

Gail shares her home with her husband, 3 dogs, 1 cat, a canary and several chickens she is also a registered beekeeper. A very involved community advocate and participant, she is an active committee member of School For Dogs Aldinga Bay (a community run school promoting positive reinforcement training) and the Southern Community Forum.

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.

Wendy Wakefield

Wendy Wakefield has a wealth of experience in government processes and the administration of legislation. She has a legal background and has worked in different fields of government, including equal opportunity, criminal prosecutions and women’s policy. Wendy is particularly interested in governance and strategic management, having served as Executive Officer to the Premier’s Council for Women and on school and community boards of governance.

In her current role as Deputy Registrar at the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Wendy uses her skills in communication and management to assist parties in dispute to reach negotiated settlements.  Wendy enjoys walking her two dogs at her local beach.

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.


Vicki Jacobs

Vicki Jacobs is a public servant, whose current role is as a Consultant in Aboriginal Health in Country Health SA.  She had had experience in primary health care, health promotions and has managed a number of primary health care services as well as undertaken research and policy development.  Her background is in Organisational Development and Business and Project Management.

Vicki also holds Directorships in Amnesty International Australia, Women’s Safety Services SA and Zahra Foundation Australia.

Vicki has been a cat owner for many years and currently enjoys being owned by a 17 ½ year old cat.