About us

Board of Directors

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.
Sharon Rowland is a veterinarian with over 28 years in clinical practice. She holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Melbourne University and a Masters of Veterinary Studies from Murdoch University. She has international experience, having practised in the UK, New Zealand and North America, both in private and not for profit practices. Currently, Sharon is a partner in a small animal clinic in inner Melbourne. Sharon brings to the Lost Dog’s Home Board a strong passion for animal welfare and the humananimal bond. She looks forward to using her experience to advocate for the animals in the Home’s care, and assisting in shaping and guiding the strategy as a member of the Board. Sharon was appointed to the Board in August 2018.
Simon is an experienced Supply Chain and Manufacturing executive with extensive experience in large businesses.

He started his career managing beer distribution operations for one of the major brewers in the UK before moving to Australia. Subsequent experience has been primarily in the Chemicals businesses of Orica and Ixom.  He has had functional responsibility for Safety Health and Environment Management, and Business Improvement teams. He is commercially focused, having experience on senior management teams running business up to 1.5M turnover and control of large operating and capital budgets.

He has had a lifelong interest in the welfare of animals, is a self-proclaimed ‘dog’ person and has supported the Home for many years. He has two spoilt dogs, the second of which was adopted from the Home.
Richard Cameron was appointed to the Board of The Lost Dogs Home in October 2018. Richard is the Principal of Cameron Consulting Group Pty Ltd, specialising in the provision of management advice to the financial services and professional services sectors. Richard has over 40 years’ experience in the financial services sector, including 17 years as a Credit Union Chief Executive and as a Director and Chairman of companies in the information technology, superannuation and disability sectors. Richard holds qualifications in business including a Master of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

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.

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.