Our Team

The team at Wellington SPCA is passionate about animals and their welfare. 

Our staff at both the Newtown and Waikanae Centres come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of experience with animals. Our vet teams, hospital staff and animal specialists work to rehabilitate and rehome the animals that come into the SPCA. Our Inspectors rescue animals in distress, educate the public, and enforce the Animal Welfare Act 1999 where needed. 

Our fundraising, administration and operational staff work with the public, suppliers and sponsors to raise desperately needed funds. Also our Op shop managers each work with dedicated volunteers to raise further funds for the animals.

Volunteers are a crucial part of Wellington SPCA. Over 950 volunteers have donated over 176,000 hours of their time to help Wellington's animals in need. Without them we couldn’t do what we do.

Below is some information about key staff within Wellington SPCA.


(Delegated Administrator, Wairarapa SPCA)

  • Masters in Emergency Management, Charles Sturt University

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management, Massey University

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Management, Victoria University of Wellington

  • Graduate Certificate in Terrorism, Safety & Security, Charles Sturt University

Steve has been the Chief Executive Officer of Wellington SPCA since September 2015. He previously worked for the Wellington SPCA close to two decades ago as the youngest warranted SPCA Inspector in New Zealand history – he is also the youngest Chief Executive Officer to take charge of the organisation. Wellington SPCA is home to the Animal Rescue Unit (ARU), the country’s first technical animal rescue team which Steve founded over 20 years ago. The ARU has rescued hundreds of animals from danger since its inception, including the Christchurch 2011 earthquake. In 2004, he was a Board Member of the Executive Committee of Wellington SPCA.

Since being an SPCA Inspector in Wellington, Steve has spent the last 18 years undertaking numerous roles including: General Manager (Emergency Management & Business Continuity) at New Zealand's largest government department – the Ministry of Social Development (including being the Representative to the Officials Domestic External Security Committee); Disaster Management Officer with the United Nations (overseas); and founding Chief Executive of the Emergency Management Academy of New Zealand.

Since returning to Wellington SPCA, Steve has hosted Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall at the Wellington Animal Care Centre, assumed the administration of Wairarapa SPCA under delegation from RNZSPCA, worked in partnership with Upper Hutt SPCA to provide Inspectorate services in that area, is establishing a number of cutting edge programmes including an Inspectorate-based Community Veterinary Nurse, and created the Operation Hot Dog mini-campaign and the formation of a SPCA Emergency Reserve to assist with after hours responses and Civil Defence emergencies. 


For info on our Board members, click here



Ros Alsford

Corporate Services

Ritchie Dawson

Chief Inspector

Kirsty Grant

Manager – People Capability and Safety

Adele Hawkswell

Veterinary Practice Manager

Nicholas Taylor

Animal Liaison & Community Engagement Manager

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