The Zoo and Aquarium Association Board of Management is made up of ten individuals, including a President and Vice President. They are all elected for a two-year term at the Annual General Meeting, except for three positions which are appointed representatives (ASMP representative, QLD Branch representative and New Zealand Association representative). All standing Board members must be individual members of the Zoo and Aquarium Association, as well as employed by a Full Institutional Association member.
Who We Are
President, Cameron KerrDirector and Chief Executive, Taronga Conservation Society Australia
While originally working in Agriculture and Veterinary R&D, Cameron has over 15 years experience in Marketing and Communications roles across a range of industries including Ag Vet, Consumer goods, health care, fundraising and tourism. Cameron has a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Master of Commerce in Marketing and Organisational Behaviour. Prior to his […]
Craig ThorburnMerlin Entertainments Group
Craig Thorburn is the senior curator for the Merlin Entertainments Group facilities in Australia and New Zealand, Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium in NZ, The Melbourne Aquarium, Sydney Sea Life Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife, Manly Aquarium, Wild Life Hamilton Island, and Underwater World Mooloolaba. Working in the aquarium industry for over 24 years he has experience as an aquarist, diver, curator and aquarium consultant. Specialist areas of interest are Life Support Systems, water quality and shark behaviour.
Vice-President, Elaine BenstedChief Executive, Zoos South Australia
Elaine Bensted is Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia commencing 3rd September 2012. Prior to being appointed as Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia Elaine held the position of Chief Executive, Office of TAFE SA. Elaine’s qualifications include an MBA and a Masters in Public Policy and Management as well as qualifications in finance. She has experience […]
Kelsey EngleCurator, Australia Zoo
Kelsey Engle has been involved in the zoo industry since the early 90’s and began at Australia Zoo when it had a mere two employees and covered only four acres. Today Australia Zoo has almost 400 employees and has grown to more than 100 developed acres. It is this unique experience that gives Kelsey an […]
Michelle McGeorgeGeneral Manager, Port Moresby Nature Park, PNG
Michelle McGeorge has worked within the industry for the past 17 years and since 2010 has been the General Manager, Port Moresby Nature Park, PNG. Prior zoological employers include Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where she has held a number of positions and has had experience across commercial development, Workplace Health & […]
Wendy AttenboroughExecutive Director, Perth Zoo
Ms Wendy Attenborough was appointed to lead the daily operations of Perth Zoo in May 2018, reporting through to the Director General of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction (DBCA), Mr Mark Webb and the Zoological Parks Authority (ZPA) Board. Wendy comes to the Zoo after more than ten years as an executive in […]
Ian Jenkins, QLD RepresentativeCEO, Snakes Downunder Reptile Park & Zoo
Born in Kenya to Welsh parents who have a passion for wildlife especially snakes in my father’s case. I came to Australia from the UK in 1980. I have a strong agricultural background having spent most of my working life involved in agriculture of some sort. Snakes Downunder was set up initially as a mobile […]