About us

Executive Team

Andrew joined The Lost Dogs’ Home as chief executive officer in October 2016 following his most recent role with the Animal Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary. A highly respected leader, with a passion for animal welfare, Andrew brings to the Home an extensive background in operational and financial management. During his career he has worked as director and chief executive officer at Enterprise Electronic Corporate (EEC Inc.) in the USA, chief operating officer of Sigma Coachair Pty. Ltd. and managing director of Fans Direct Pty. Ltd. A lifetime animal lover, Andrew lives with his family and two year-old Labrador Rolo, the boisterous object of their affections.
BVsc (hons)
David is passionate about working with animal people to make a difference to the lives of both animals and the people caring for them. A graduate of the University of Melbourne, David is an experienced veterinarian and operations manager, with a 20 year career working in animal welfare and private veterinary practice. He relishes any opportunity to connect people with the animals that need them and thoroughly enjoys sharing the bond between people and animals. In his free time David enjoys playing guitar to his dog Scout and cat Sparky, both adopted from the Home.
Deana has been with the Home since 2014, at which time she brought with her remarkable capabilities from customer service, finance and administrative industries. In 2016 Deana progressed to the role of the Home’s Executive Assistant after several years serving within communications and fundraising departments. During that time, Deana built profound associations with countless stakeholders who support the Home through her genuine passion for making the lives of companion animals better. While Deana is an animal person first and foremost, her big love comes in the form of a German Shepherd called Sasha.
Janene’s professional life has been dedicated to making a difference to not-for-profit organisations; and her impact on the lives and well-being of many thousands of people has been enormous as a direct result of her efforts. Janene believes that philanthropy embraces the joy of giving that can be experienced by one and all. With international experience as a board member and advisor, donor, consultant and volunteer, Janene joins us most recently from Monash Health where she was instrumental in funding the building of the brand new Monash Children’s Hospital. Her role there encompassed campaign management, international grants, bequests, major gifts and developing and nurturing partnerships. Janene has two dogs of her own, BJ an English Pointer and Milo a Jack Russell. She is a passionate lover of animals great and small.

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.