Ben is a life-long conservationist, educator and environmentalist whose passion has led him on global adventures beginning at New Zealand zoos for over ten years within animal life sciences and visitor programs, to the UK as an environmental educator teaching school kids, families and the community about the outdoors, animals and where their food comes from before reaching South Africa where he assisted in rhinoceros research.
Most recently, Ben joined Zoos Victoria and then the National Trust of Australia managing its major sites including Old Melbourne Gaol and Polly Woodside.
Ben’s established history in connecting animals and people underpins his contribution at the Home. A big believer that life’s better with a pet, Ben now often explores Melbourne with his rescue dog Indiana Jones.
Vanessa’s wealth of experience in the not-for-profit sector spans a 15 year career in executive HR roles and people and culture portfolios. Vanessa joined the Home after working in education, health, disability, aged care, professional services and within hospitality.
With a passion for organisational development and transforming workplace cultures; Vanessa brings focussed leadership development that builds professional, service orientated cohesive teams.
Vanessa has always had a love for all animals and her family have been home to a menagerie of various small pets throughout the years. Her full-house also includes Abby the border collie, Mimi the ragdoll and a school of goldfish.