G2Z People


Nell Thompson

The daily activities of G2Z are coordinated by Nell Thompson.

Nell has worked in the animal welfare, care and veterinary sectors for over 20 years and was the Victorian G2Z representative in the first few years of the program. She is the current Secretary of the Australian Institute for Animal Management Committee.

Nell is looking forward to assisting people with their aim of getting to zero euthanasia of healthy pets. Her background in shelter and pound operations and management and animal health is a great resource for Councils, shelters and all groups and individuals involved in the program.

We encourage you to make contact with Nell on 0427 981 759 or  info@g2z.org.au

Joy Verrinder

The strategic direction of the G2Z program is overseen by Joy Verrinder.

Joy Verrinder has been Strategic Director of AWLQ since 2002, working with governments and other stakeholders at local, state and national levels to prevent the abandonment and killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs in pounds and shelters, by developing legislation, policies and community education and support programs. Prior to this role, she worked full time in education.

Joy has two Masters Degrees in Strategic Management and Professional Ethics and Governance and a PhD in Animal Ethics. She has been involved in animal issues for the past 30 years, has served on the Boards of numerous animal organisations, the Queensland Department of Primary Industries Animal Ethics Committee, and the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy Education Working Group.  She currently serves on the Griffith University and Queensland Schools Animal Ethics Committees.

Steering Committee

Roz Robinson - CEO Cat Haven WA
Tim Vasudeva -  corporate affairs director, Animals Australia Vic
richard mussell - CEO animal welfare league sa
Megan Alessandrini - director dogs homes of tasmania
andrew mason - ceo animal welfare league nsw
rikki ciolek - veterinarian rspca act