Our Board

Karen Rhodes

Karen has been involved with the Home since August 2006 when she adopted one of the Home’s long-termers, Homer. Karen’s background is marketing and advertising and she has led the Home in increasing awareness, fundraising and developing valuable corporate partnerships. Karen adopted her second dog Bronson from the Home in 2009. Sadly Homer and Bronson have now crossed the rainbow bridge, but she has given a home and much love to senior boy, Harley adopted in 2017. Karen devotes a huge volume of time to the Home and our dogs and is a regular weekend walker. She is always meeting her new “favourite” dog.

Lee-Anne Ashley
Vice President

Lee-Anne has volunteered for the Home since 2009 and joined the Board in 2013. In 2010 she started our now famous annual Trivial Pawsuit quiz night and also supports the Home in a range of events and fundraising initiatives. Lee-Anne's background is in marketing and fundraising which she has put to good use in helping the Home increase donations and event income. In 2016, after the loss of her beloved poodle DJ, she fostered golden oldie Luka 'just for a few weeks'. Needless to say, it was a 'foster fail'!

Chris Osborn

Chris is a lawyer in Perth specialising in commercial law. Chris has previously adopted two rescue dogs, one from the Hong Kong SPCA and the other from our Home. Chris worked on the Home's successful application for Designated Gift Recipient Status (by which donors obtain a tax deduction). He has worked in Australia and Hong Kong and was previously Secretary of the Hong Kong SPCA. Having made a significant and ongoing contribution to the Home, Chris is recognised as a Life Member.

Phillip Golding

Phillip is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has extensive experience advising a wide range of businesses on financial and taxation issues. He has been involved with not-for-profit organisations in medical research, health care and sport. Phillip and his wife are devoted humans for two golden retrievers.

Lynne Milligan
Board Member

Prior to Lynne joining our Board, she was (and still is) a long-term volunteer dog walker and has assisted us with events and fundraising. Lynne spends more time at the Dogs' Refuge Home than she does at home and whilst she doesn't have a dog at home, Lynne treats all of our homeless hounds as if they are her own.

Lynda Hancy
Board Member
Lynda became a volunteer in 2003. Her contribution to our Home has been considerable and includes being our ‘volunteer’ Volunteer Coordinator for three years where she, together with her husband John, developed our computer login system to enable us to track volunteer hours.
Marsha Sullivan
Board Member
Marsha is an avid animal lover and advocate and have been a volunteer at Perth Zoo since 1999. She is a Docent volunteer guide and has been training new Docent recruits for 12 years as well as participating in behaviour enrichment programs for the animals. Marsha joined the Dogs' Refuge Home team in 2012 and has been an avid dog walker and is now regular Friday office team member.
Sarah Murphy
Board Member
Sarah has been involved with the Home since 2002. In that time, she has had various volunteer roles including as a dog walker and helping out at events such as the Quiz Night and Open Day. She has also served on the Home's Committee as Vice President, Secretary and a general member. Sarah has also been a Trustee and is now a Life Member.
Ian Coombes
Board Member
Ian has been a volunteer at the Home since 2005. He is an experienced dog handler and enjoys interacting with the Refuge dogs. As a Board member, Ian is heavily involved with the repairs, maintenance and Masterplan for the Home. Ian has adopted several senior dogs from the Home over the years and currently shares his life with his lovely wife Gaye and their beloved dog William. Ian has been recognised a Life Member.