Vets Beyond Borders' Board of Directors 2016



VBB has been an important part of Ian’s veterinary life since 2005, when he was elected its inaugural president and commenced work, together with Sikkimese veterinarian, Dr Thinlay Bhutia, to establish the now highly regarded SARAH Program, India’s first state-wide ABC/AR project. Ian has devised and delivered several surgical training courses in the Asia-Pacific region, is the author of widely referenced publications on clinical aspects of ABC/AR programmes and has been a regular guest speaker at animal welfare meetings.

He is a strong proponent of the 'One Health' philosophy, promoting the collaboration of veterinarians, doctors and other health professionals in efforts to combat disease. Ian operates a veterinary neurological and neurosurgical referral practice in Adelaide, South Australia.

Deputy Chair


Apart from her role on the board of VBB, Helen is the current VBB Program Co-ordinator for the Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health (SARAH) Program. For this she works closely with the local co-ordinator Dr Thinlay Bhutia in the management of the program.

Helen joined VBB in 2006 when she volunteered in the SARAH Program. She subsequently volunteered on VBB’s Ladakh and Bylakuppe projects before taking on her current roles. Helen graduated with first class honours in veterinary science from University of Queensland in 1988 and subsequently completed a Bachelor of Medical Studies and Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice.

Helen is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in pharmacology. She also has private veterinary practices in Brisbane, Australia.



After graduation from Sydney University in 1969, David embarked on a career in mixed rural practice, initially on the Central Coast of NSW but for most of his career on the South Coast of NSW. Always looking for a challenge, he completed an MBA through University of New England in 1996, participating in a People to People study tour of endangered species in China in 1993 and led an AVA team to assist in the Foot & Mouth disease outbreak in UK in 2001.
Now retired, VBB has become a particular interest for him and he has volunteered in the ABC-AR programs in Gangtok, Sikkim (2010, 2012 & 2013); Bylakuppe, Karnataka (2012); Vanuatu (2014) and Ladakh (2016). He also participated in the 2012 VetTrain program in Gangtok and in 2013 in Jaipur. David has served on the Board of VBB since July 2012 and has held the position of Hon Treasurer since October 2014.  


Charmaine has been involved with VBB since 2009, beginning as a field and head-office volunteer. She has served on the board since 2011 and was Chair of the organisation from 2012-2015. Charmaine has spoken on behalf of VBB on TED@Sydney 2012, TEDxMacquarieUniversity 2012 and TEDxTheRocks 2014.

She is currently a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Sydney, and has previously worked in animal health divisions of Blackmores, Zoetis and Pfizer. Charmaine began her career as a GP vet and emergency veterinarian for four years in Melbourne.

Charmaine Tham has degrees in Veterinary Science (Melb), Veterinary Pharmacology (ANZCVS), Business Studies (Monash) and a Global Executive MBA (INSEAD). She also a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Dr Britton is passionate about developing healthy and happy communities through improved animal/human health and agricultural sustainability. She is an experienced independent consultant with significant expertise in epidemiology, human/veterinary public health and management of projects associated with: health and production, infectious diseases and zoonosis, food security and agriculture. Her particular focus is on capacity building, sustainability and monitoring/evaluation in projects.

Andrea's background includes six years as a practicing vet within Australia and overseas, and eight years with the global pharmaceutical companies CSL Ltd and Pfizer, combined with nine years consulting on a variety of projects for government, not-for-profit and biotechnology companies. She has been actively involved in the veterinary profession as President of the Australian Veterinary Association local branch and Australian College of Veterinary Scientist Epidemiology Chapter, member Board of Examiners Australasian Veterinary Board Council and external member Faculty of Veterinary Science at The University of Melbourne. Andrea works in knowledge transfer of evidence-based science and hopes to really make a difference in the global “One Health” objective.



Gavin is the Managing Director of Therian, a thriving design business on the Gold Coast that services the pet industry in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. He began his business in 2005 from the ground up and understands the difficulties in growing an operation and what is needed to ensure success. A goal-orientated individual, Gavin thrives in positive outcomes for his clients, ensuring the goals of all stakeholders are met.

For over 25 years Gavin worked within the construction industry for multi-national companies acquiring an extensive knowledge of numerous financial accounting systems, corporate culture and its impact on outcomes and the need to work within the legislative guidelines. A proactive project manager, Gavin is able to resolve issues, meet deadlines and manage numerous jobs around the country using the latest technology and project management aids. A firm believer in continually improving his position in the marketplace Gavin travels frequently around Australia and the USA to stay abreast of changes and movement within his industry. An industry leader he thrives on challenges and ensuring goals are set and met.