SPCA Auckland is an independent member society lead by a CEO and governed by a voluntary board of 10 directors.  All directors are members of the society. 

Gordon Trainer - Chairman

Gordon is an experienced finance executive having spent over 20 years in public practice as a Chartered Accountant (Scotland). He was a partner with the international accountancy firm, Ernst & Young’s Auckland office until 2005. From 2005 to 2009 he was Managing Director of a privately owned Auckland based company involved in selling and leasing shipping containers.   Between 2009 and 2011 Gordon held various senior financial positions with New Zealand and Australian listed company, SkyCity Entertainment Group. Gordon is currently running his own business consulting firm.
Gordon has been a long-term financial supporter of SPCA Auckland and was Treasurer from 2003 until February 2009 when he joined the Board as Chairman. His family includes two cats who were adopted as kittens from SPCA Auckland.


Roger Bell - Vice Chairman

Roger's great passion is organisational excellence. He was Chairman for 7 years, and is currently a Director, of the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation which administers the demanding global Baldrige Criteria of Organizational Excellence, and which establishes and measures world’s best practice for organizations across a vast number of disciplines. 

He was Chief Executive, and a New Zealand Director, of a large Australasian financial services company with group assets of A$14bn. Under his leadership Roger’s company became one of only two NZ businesses to achieve the coveted Gold- World Class award under the Baldrige criteria. He was awarded the inaugural Insurance Professional of the Year award in 2009. He is a Past President of the Insurance Council of New Zealand.  
During his many years on a number of company Boards Roger was exposed to best practice governance practices under the rigorous APRA standards which are considered by many to be world’s best practice.

He is a Fellow (by examination) of the Australia & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance and completed the advanced Executive Program at the University of Michigan Business School. Roger has recently been appointed a Director/Commissioner of the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

Roger has a keen interest in animal welfare. He is the father of two daughters and his interests include music, politics, travel, literature, collecting NZ art, wine and sports. 


Ben Palmer - Chairman of Audit Committee

Ben is a chartered accountant with over 36 years experience. He has recently retired from Ernst & Young where he was a senior partner. Whilst at Ernst & Young he established a governance and business risk management consulting practice.

Prior to that he was an audit partner providing audit and consulting services to many listed companies, private companies, Government entities and charitable organisations. He currently works as a professional director and business consultant.


James Lock

James is an Investment advisor with 25 years experience in the industry. James is employed by Craigs Investment Partners, he is an AFA, and an NZX Advisor. James is a Director of the Auckland SPCA, and an Advisory Trustee to the Auckland SPCA Trust and advises the RNZSPCA.
James is born, bred and educated on the North Shore, married and father of two young boys. His interests include stand-up paddle boarding, skiing and walking his dog George.


Anita Killeen

Anita is a Barrister at City Chambers (headed by John Haigh QC) and specialises in financial crime and fraud and criminal and civil litigation.
She is the former Chief Prosecutor of the Serious Fraud Office and holds a variety of governance roles in the legal, finance and not for profit sectors including serving as a member of the New Zealand Legal Aid Tribunal and as a Director of the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board.
Upon graduation from Auckland University School of Law school, Anita was awarded the Senior Scholar Prize in Law and has practised both criminal and commercial litigation. Her past roles include working at commercial law firm Phillips Fox and as a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court at Auckland as well as undertaking secondments to London and New York prosecution offices.
Anita is a regularly published author in the NZ Law Journal and NZ Lawyer and is an Alumna of the Harvard Business School, the London School of Economics, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Institute for Strategic Leadership (NZ).
Anita has established, and manages, the Panel of Prosecutors for the Auckland SPCA. Anita and her husband Simon share their home with Norma, their gorgeous but very shy feline companion that they adopted from the Auckland SPCA.

Prior to that he was an audit partner providing audit and consulting services to many listed companies, private companies, Government entities and charitable organisations. He currently works as a professional director and business consultant.


Bob Kerridge

Bob is the Executive Director of SPCA Auckland, focussing primarily on animal welfare issues. As a well known and respected advocate for the animals through his radio series 'Talking for the Animals' which ran for 12 years, author and subject of the biography 'Father and Son', 10 years as a columnist with the NZ Woman’s Weekly, and as managing editor of Animals' Voice, his long service with the Society has earned him a place as the voice for the animals. 

He founded the NZ Companion Animal Council and their annual conferences, and more recently the New Companion Animal Trust, and is a Director of WSPA NZ. Bob is a Knight of the Order of St John and a Justice of the Peace, and in 2005 became a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to animal welfare. He has also been awarded an honorary Bachelor of Applied Animal Technology from Unitec, and has been a past President of the Royal New Zealand SPCA.

Bob and Michele enjoy the company of two beautiful SPCA cats, Aslan and Abigail, and the 'infamous' Yorkshire Terrier, Merlin. 


Kira Schaffler

Kira was appointed to the Board of SPCA Auckland in 2012. She is Human Resources Director, Group Functions at Fonterra having worked in various roles during the past 5 years in New Zealand and off-shore. Kira has initiated a number of new ‘start-ups’ – both as a founder/Director of her own businesses and on behalf of other organisations. She has many years’ experience as a specialist in the areas of aligning people strategies to organisational culture, performance and rewards.  Kira and her husband, Lawrence, have 2 children – Pippa and Sebastian – and a most delightful dog called Patch. 


Sonya Crosby

Sonya is an experienced business professional with over 20 year’s expertise in marketing and communications.  This includes deep brand and media experience across newspaper, television, the Internet and direct mail.  She has held director and investor relations roles in both Australia and New Zealand and is a past President of the Association of New Zealand Advertisers, also serving on the board of the Advertising Standards Authority and Advertising Standards Complaints Board. More recently Sonya has taken on strategic planning roles with some of New Zealand’s largest organisations, driving insight based engagement and effecting positive behavioural change through data analytics and digital strategies.
Sonya grew up on farms across the Waikato and her extended family has included horses, guinea pigs, dogs and her cat Charlie. 



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