President – Robyn Hargrave – firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting Treasurer – Robyn Hargrave – email@example.com
Head of Health – Dr. Derek Spielman – firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Research – vacant – email@example.com
Founder and Acting Head of Education – Judith Hopper – firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Administration – Veronique Pengilly - email@example.com
Secretary – Charmaine Carmichael - firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith has a BSc from Macquarie University and has completed several post-graduate subjects in Australian Native Mammals. She is currently enrolled in a MSc at University of New England researching treatments for wing injuries in flying-foxes.
Judith also holds certificates and diplomas in Education, Human Resource Management, Conflict Resolution and Pathology and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Technology management. She is continuing her wildlife education through the Centre for Veterinary Education. Judith has been a rehabilitator for many years and is the co-founder of the Wildlife Assistance & Information Foundation Inc. Her “baby” is the Education division.
She is a Process Improvement Consultant and Project Manager but the passion of her life is flying-foxes and if she could find a way to combine flying-foxes, education or quality systems and an income would be in 7th heaven.
Dr. Derek Spielman
Derek Spielman MVSc, PhD, MACVSc
(Australasian Wildlife Medicine), GradCertTertEd
1986: Veterinarian, Taronga Zoo responsible for implementing animal health programs and maintaining the health and welfare of all zoo animals and donated wildlife
1990: Chief Veterinarian, Taronga Zoo responsible for the above and managing the zooʼs Veterinary Quarantine Centre
1994: Project Manager for NSW NPWS NRAC Faunal Audit of northern NSW
1995: PhD in Conservation Genetics, Macquarie University
1997: Senior Curator and Veterinarian, Territory Wildlife Park, National Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory responsible for implementing animal health programs and maintaining the health and welfare of all park animals and donated wildlife
1998: Senior Veterinarian and Park Manager, Territory Wildlife Park, NPWS of the Northern Territory responsible for the above and managing the park
2001: Chief Veterinarian, Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong, responsible for implementing animal health programs and maintaining the health and welfare of all park animals
2005 to present: Chief Veterinarian and Head of Health, Wildlife Assistance and Information Foundation (WAIF), Sydney, Australia
2006 to present: Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology, University of Sydney
I joined WAIF to continue my commitment to treating and helping native wild animals and to investigate the diseases and problems native species face with the relentless destruction of all wild habitats by the exploding human population and modern societies. This knowledge is crucial to determining how best to manage wild animal populations and what environmental and societal changes are required to minimise the severe loss of biodiversity occurring throughout Australia and the whole planet. Wildlife Assistance