About us

Board of Directors

Mr Geoff Books brings extensive experience in public affairs and marketing in both the not-for-profit, and private sectors. After starting his career as a journalist in Queensland, Geoff moved into public affairs in the automotive sector, before transitioning to marketing, distribution and communications for a leading Australian travel company. He operated his own marketing, communications and event management company for 12 years before moving back into corporate life as a senior manager and executive in the superannuation industry. Despite working across many business sectors, Geoff notes some of his most satisfying projects were pro bono services for the Worldwide Fund for Nature’s fundraising and conservation campaigns: Taskforce Tiger (Indian tiger conservation); the Geneva-based sustainable fisheries project; and the establishment of the Southern Ocean Sanctuary for Whales. As a devoted owner of both cats and dogs over the years, Geoff is keen to position the Home as a powerful community advocate for better pet ownership and adoption of animals by caring owners. He was appointed Chair of The Lost Dogs’ Home Board in 2018.

Mr Robert Donato has an extensive background in the telecommunications, services and government outsourcing sectors. Currently General Manager of Sales and Marketing at Tenix Solutions, Robert has held senior positions at Optus, Oracle, Fujitsu, Unisys and Ericsson. As Director at Ericsson, he delivered the first nation-wide 3G/4G mobile communication network to Telstra.

Robert is an accomplished senior executive with successful experience in providing effective strategy, business planning, business development and contract management in challenging, highly regulated government and corporate environments.

Appointed to The Lost Dogs’ Home Board in May 2016, Robert also serves as Chair of the Home’s Interim Strategy Committee.

Mrs Prue Gillies AM is an animal welfare advocate, previously serving as a Board member of RSPCA Victoria and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

With extensive experience as an educator, including Principal of Ruyton Girls’ School, Prue was most recently sole proprietor of Kids on Collins.

Prue has served as a Board member of a wide range of organisations including The Queen’s Trust, The Invergowrie Foundation, Janet Clarke Hall, Fintona Girls’ School and Toorak College.

Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to education and the community, Prue subsequently became Chairman of the Order of Australia Association, Victoria.

A Board member of The Lost Dogs’ Home since 2012, Prue was Chair in 2015-2017 and continues her philanthropic commitment to those organisations which provide protection, care and support to animals in both national and international settings.

Dr Dylan Barber is a practising vet in a busy veterinary clinic in Melbourne. Dr Barber has a strong professional interest in animal welfare issues. His clinic works alongside a number of animal rescue organisations to advocate for the welfare of animals in the community.

Dr Barber also holds a Bachelor of Law, and previously practised law in a corporate law firm in Melbourne, and also in the local arm of a global pharmaceutical company.

For a number of years he has contributed on ethics committees associated with the Alfred Hospital and RMIT. Dylan was appointed to The Lost Dogs' Home Board in April 2016.

Ms Louise Doyle is a highly regarded Human Resources professional with extensive experience across industrial manufacturing, fast moving consumer goods, education and not-for-profit sectors. With a strategic approach to people management, Louise has held various global portfolios and has successfully led significant change within organisations such as BHP Billiton, National Foods Ltd and recently the University of Melbourne. Louise has a track record of developing talented individuals, is outcome focused and is committed to developing innovative solutions for organisations, ensuring the early identification and development of comprehensive strategies for risk mitigation. Louise was appointed to The Lost Dogs’ Home Board in March 2015.

Ms Tanya Khan is an association executive and lawyer with 20 years’ experience in private, not-for-profit and public sector organisations. Tanya is currently Vice President & Managing Director, Australia and Asia Pacific, for the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). In her role Tanya oversees all ACC operations in the region, including initiatives in the areas of membership growth, education, advocacy, development of resources and communications that support ACC’s members and advance ACC’s visibility and growth.

Tanya has a Bachelor of Laws, an MBA from Melbourne Business School and is a life-long animal lover. Tanya is committed to assisting organisations achieve superior commercial and strategic outcomes, and legal and risk profiles, and looks forward to using her extensive experience to help the Lost Dogs Home deliver on its Strategic Plan objectives.

Tanya was appointed to the Lost Dogs Home Board in April 2017.