MAAW Inc Committee Members and Staff

Our highly qualified Committee Members all have a love of animals and of the community surrounding the Mt Alexander Animal Welfare shelter.

Gaynor Atkin (Interim President) has over 15 years of local government experience in both Australia and the UK and over 10 years of experience in retail, working for some of the largest international fashion houses in the world. She has volunteered and worked internationally for organisations such as OXFAM, WaterAid and UNICEF and has a passion for both human and animal rights.

Sharnie Digby (Vice-President)

Brian Heydon (Secretary) has worked as a solicitor for many years and has been a company director for various companies.  He is a past President of the RSPCA in Castlemaine. He has a lifelong love of animals and a deep concern for animal welfare. Brian was a founding Committee Member of MAAW.

Stephanie Miller (Treasurer) has a PhD in Management (RMIT) and a Master of Business.   Her professional work consisted primarily of teaching, administration and research, having spent 21 years in the School of Management at Victoria University. For the past seven years Stephanie has volunteered at the Castlemaine shelter. Her dedication to animal welfare and to the shelter community has grown over that time and she was a founding Committee Member and the first President of MAAW.

Meg Clancy was a Board member at the Office of Film and Literature Classification, Classification Manager at National Indigenous Television (NITV), a teacher of English as a Second Language and an actor in theatre, television, film and radio.  Since 2017 she has been a volunteer at MAAW Op shop and campaigner on behalf of MAAW. Meg has a strong commitment to animal rights and welfare.

Bill Burris has been a volunteer in the CFA for 40 years (currently Capt. at Fryerstown) and a longtime committee member at the local soccer club. He was a teacher for 28 years and has experience in many other areas. He was also a councillor for the once-great Shire of Newstead. An animal lover at heart, he is particularly keen to see native wildlife protected – but has great respect for everything MAAW does for animals in this region. At present, he is a casual helper around the Op Shop.

Ian Shankly


Robyn Slattery (MAAW Shelter Manager)

Tania Butterworth (Fundraising Manager)

Khiara Jenkinson (Part-time Animal Attendant)

Ebony Carroll (Part-time Animal Attendant)

Karina Munro (Casual Animal Attendant)