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Staff, Volunteers, and Students.

The Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital is set to open in the first half of 2024, and we will be recruiting veterinarians, vet nurses and admin staff. Once we are up and running we will also be setting up our volunteer roster and student placement program. The best way to stay abreast of these exciting opportunities is to subscribe to the NRWH newsletter.

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Job Opportunities

We will be staffing the hospital soon. Please check back here for positions vacant or subscribe to our newsletter. You can submit your resume with a one-page cover letter outlining your experience and interest in working with us - email to 


When the hospital opens we will be recruiting volunteers to help in the hospital, on the hospital grounds, and drivers for the NRWH wildlife transport van. If you are interested in volunteering with us make sure you tick the volunteer box when you subscribe to the NRWH newsletter.

Student Placements

The Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital will not be taking student placements till the hospital has been operational for 6 months. We welcome your interest in gaining work-experience with us and invite you to submit your resume and cover letter to 

Meet the Team

Our Board


Ninian Gemmell


Ninian is a Fellow of CPA Australia and an accounting professional with over 35 years of corporate financial experience across a range of industry sectors spanning mining & resources, construction, higher education and not-for-profit organisations. He has an ongoing professional interest in assisting small clubs and societies in all aspects of governance, policy and financial matters. He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Ninian has a lifelong interest in animal welfare and the environment and is a member of and donor to a range of charitable groups in these sectors.


Dr Megan Kearney

Board Member, Vet Advisory Committee - Chair

Dr Megan Kearney is professional veterinarian with a wildlife speciality who operates her own veterinary hospital in Bangalow, NSW. She has had a passion for wildlife medicine and conservation since commencing as a graduate vet in Alice Springs 33 years ago. Her private practice work includes livestock, companion animals and wildlife in Australia and the UK, with specific not for profit experience in Ladakh, India as a volunteer with Vets Beyond Borders.

Megan’s experience includes directorships and committee memberships for a range of not-for-profit organisations including President of Integrative Veterinarians Australia, a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association, the Ereshkigal Foundation, and Bradford City Farm amongst other community group.


Lorraine Vass

Board Member

Lorraine Vass is a koala conservationist and past president of Friends of the Koala, well known across the Northern Rivers for protecting koalas and their habitats.  Her work has focussed on forming partnerships and alliances to help educate and engage people in koala conservation.

Lorraine was founding secretary of the NSW Wildlife Council, formed to champion the role of licensed wildlife rehabilitation in wildlife conservation and to represent wildlife carers across the state.

The recipient of several awards she was recently made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to wildlife conservation, particularly conservation of the koala.


Kim Hollis-Simpson

Board Member, Vet Advisory Committee

Kim Hollis-Simpson is a qualified veterinary nurse with 24 years in the veterinary industry in Australia and the UK.

A chance meeting with a tiny ringtail possum in 2007 steered the course of her career. Since then, her focus has been on wildlife health and conservation, nursing at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary and at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for almost a decade.

Kim has trained staff at the Victorian DELWP, and developed their manual on koala anaesthesia. She was chosen to carry out field anaesthesia of the endangered Leadbeater’s possum and participated in their supplemental feeding program following the 2009 Victorian bushfires.


Adam Dawson

Board Member

Adam is a qualified Stock and Station Agent, Project Manager and dry-land farmer. He has extensive agribusiness experience and over a decade’s executive experience in land management and biodiversity conservation across NSW both in Government and the not-for-profit sectors.

Adam is the former Revolving Fund Manager for the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) and the Revolving Funds Manager for the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW (NCT), where he was responsible for the procurement of land under private treaty purposed for the delivery of conservation biodiversity and biodiversity offsets by private landowners.


Andrew Gerrand

Board Member

Andrew has worked as a software engineer for 25 years. At Google Australia he worked on Open Source Software, first developing the Go Programming Language, where he worked closely with the community, wrote technical articles and spoke at conferences. He then co-created the Upspin storage system, before going on to lead the team that built the Open Source Insights platform.

As long-time residents of the Northern Rivers, Andrew and his partner are passionate about wildlife and the environment, sharing their home with countless species of native animals.

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Madeleine Faught

Board Member

Madeleine has been involved with the conservation of native habitats in Australia for 40+ years. From 2009 to early 2023 she was Chair of the not-for-profit Rainforest Rescue, working with directors Tony Gilding and Sue Higginson. Madeleine is committed to good governance and securing improved conservation outcomes for native flora and fauna. With her partner, Dr Robert Kooyman, she has continued her local and international involvement with scientific research, and culturally sensitive conservation work. Madeleine has considerable knowledge of our local environments and was a member of – Conservation Ecologists Association – a group of locally recognized experts in the ecology and conservation of native flora and fauna.

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Kirsty Donovan

Board Member

Kirsty holds a bachelor’s degree in social science, majoring in Psychology and HR. She holds certifications in Return-to-Work Coordination, Workplace Training and Assessment and Somatic Psychotherapy. Kirsty works in HR within the disability sector and previously worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in various capacities such as a project manager, management consultant, HR advisor and political staffer. At the heart of Kirsty's endeavours is a desire to engage in meaningful work that makes a difference. Passionate about Australian wildlife and habitat conservation, Kirsty is dedicated to leveraging her expertise for the betterment of our natural environment.

Our Staff

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Bronte Potts

General Manager

From a young age, Brontes passion for the natural world has driven her to advocate for the protection of wildlife and the environment. She has dedicated her career to conservation, education and providing exceptional care & rehabilitation to sick and injured wildlife. She has worked closely with endangered species and native Australian fauna for over 17 years across several institutions, taking on many roles throughout this time including qualified zookeeper, educational guide, qualified veterinary nurse, team leader, threatened species wildlife officer, practice manager and business operations manager. She has now joined the NRWH team as General Manager, where she is excited to continue her journey. 

Bronte believes the key to conserving Australia's biodiversity and ecosystems lies in education and community engagement, and so is also dedicated to promoting sustainable practices and raising awareness within the community.

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Dr Helen Cahill

NRWN Coordinator

I am a wildlife veterinarian with a strong passion for Australian wildlife, preservation of habitat, and multidisciplinary conservation. I grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW, on a rural property bordering the Deua National Park, and have had a lifelong interest in our natural world and wildlife.I have a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, and a Masters of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine. I have been living in the Northern Rivers region for three years, based in Wilson’s Creek, and intend to make a sustainable difference here in the field of conservation.

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Julie Burton

Fundraising Manager

Julie has lived and worked in the Northern Rivers since 1988 in various roles in Community Education, Higher Education, Event Management and more recently as a Fundraising Manager with a not for profit student scholarship fund based in Lismore.

For twenty of those years Julie has lived on a small Macadamia farm just outside of Lismore where she has learnt to appreciate the multitude of wildlife that surrounds her and how to assist them when they need help.
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Kerryann Smith

Admin Assistant

With over three decades of experience spanning health, wellness, and Australian outdoor adventure, I bring diverse skills to my role at NRWH. My journey has seen me wear many hats - from independent publisher to business and events management.

Passionate about driving positive change, I am dedicated to supporting the vital work of wildlife conservation and contributing significantly to the hospital's mission of protecting and rehabilitating our precious wildlife.

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