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SOCIETY

These are the Members who volunteer their time to the successful running of The Parrot Society of Australia. 

With such a large membership base, and everything the Society has to offer, it takes a large team of people with diversified backgrounds to keep the PSOA running like clockwork!

President

Scott Hovelroud

Scott is a seasoned Aviculturalist, running Magikfeather Aviaries in the Moreton Bay region with his wonderful partner Jeannie. Their private collection boasts a sizeable number of the larger Macaws, Amazons, Caiques, Conures, African Greys, Quakers, and Parrotlets. They both have also been involved in fish-keeping for many years, with Scott being a Judge at several large events. 

Scott’s down to earth approach has greatly assisted the Society in its goals of inclusivity over the last few years and helped in redeveloping the Parrot Supplies Australia brand. 

Vice President

Garry Stack

Like Scott, Garry has been involved in Aviculture for many years. He runs Silkwood Aviaries in the Lockyer Valley region of Queensland. There he keeps a wide variety of Exotic and Native parrots; but Garry’s true passion are the various subspecies of Amazon Parrot. Garry has also been a keynote speaker at various events on the keeping and breeding of Amazon Parrots.

Garry is our representative with the QCBS, and has excellent networks stretching across the World. This has allowed The Parrot Society of Australia to engage some incredible speakers at our own events, as well as portray ourselves successfully on a global stage. 

Secretary

Ben Bawden

Ben runs Bawden’s Cockatoo Chaos and D’Aguilar Wildlife with his partner Hannah in the Moreton Bay region of Queensland. There they keep a wide variety of bird species, with some of those used in their wildlife presentations across Australia. Ben also keeps a variety of reptiles, insects, and mammals. His apt knowledge with these animals has seen Ben involved in a number of television productions. 

Ben is a passionate supporter for educating people about wildlife, and their conservation. He is also our advocate on legislation, with fantastic industry networks across the World; in particular for companion parrots and avian behaviourists. 

Treasurer & Events Coordinator

Bev Bennion

Bev has been involved with The Parrot Society of Australia for over a decade and has earnt her place as an Honorary Life Member. She has seen a lot of change within the Club and been instrumental in its evolution to what it is today. Her position of Treasurer is one of real importance, especially with Parrot Supplies Australia as large as it is now. Bev also coordinates all of The Parrot Society of Australia events.

Bev is a devoted companion parrot owner, keeping a very chatty Blue-Fronted Amazon!

Membership Registrar & Promotions Officer

James Goodrich

James runs Dysons Wood Aviaries in the Moreton Bay region with his partner Chris. They keep a different array of species including Macaws, Caiques, Cockatoos, and a wide number of Exotic Lory species. James is also a mild fanatic for Poultry, Waterfowl, and Wildfowl; keeping an array of different species.

James’ emphasis is on progression, and how to make the processes of an association more streamlined; whilst incorporating modern systems. He’s assisted the Society to launch the Parrot Supplies Australia Online Store, its comprehensive POS system, grow the Social Media efforts across the Society, Shop, & Trust, and is now focussed on advancing our Membership Management and Event Management practices. 


Editor

Dave Bennion

Dave has been instrumental to the running of The Parrot Society of Australia for many years, and is the second member of the Management Committee to be an Honorary Life Member. His contribution to various aspects of the Committee has helped the Society prosper, mostly through Dave’s exception attention to detail and process orientated background.

Dave has also worked tirelessly on evolving the centrepiece of The Parrot Society of Australia, our bi-monthly Magazine called Parrot News. It is now arguably one of the best printed publications on Parrots, with incredible people providing detailed articles every issue. Dave is also responsible for The Parrot Trust of Australia Calendar, and its ethos from year to year. 

AviTrade Officer

Katie Cook

Katie is a keen advocate for companion parrot ownership, and adores everything feathered. She has volunteered for our retail store for many years, whilst solely maintaining the AviTrade section of our publication and website.

Katie will also be involved in managing the new AviTrade section on the website, which will incorporate many more functions to Members wishing to advertise their birds or bird related products.

Retail Manager

Alisha Lenthall

Alisha has volunteered for Parrot Supplies Australia for over a decade. She has seen its evolution from a humble sales table, to the incredible service offering it provides bird-keepers across Australia today. In 2018 Alisha took over the running of the shop, after the launch of the Online Store, and has continued its successful development.

At home, Alisha is a passionate animal lover. She has two dogs, a cat, and an eclectic flock of birds. 

Assistant Treasurer

Christopher Jaffrey

Chris runs Dysons Wood Aviaries in the Moreton Bay region with his partner James. They keep a different array of species including Macaws, Caiques, Cockatoos, and a wide number of Exotic Lory species.

Chris’ main focus is on the Accounts and services for Parrot Supplies Australia.


General Committee

Lloyd Dowling

Lloyd owns a variety of native and exotic parrots, based on Brisbane’s northside. Lloyd is our catering guru, ensuring that everyone is well nourished at our Events and Meetings.

Rod Miller

Rod also keeps a variety of native and exotic parrots, whilst running a lovely holiday accommodation business on the Sunshine Coast. Rod assists with a wide variety of areas, including our Constitutional obligations across the Society and the Trust.



Annette McGuire

Annette is our North Queensland representative, joining us by Skype once a month. Annette is proactively involved with the North Queensland Avian Conference, and keeps a wide variety of species herself. 

Patrons

Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organisation bestows to an individual. These appointments go to people who have supported the Parrot Society of Australia and the profile of aviculture through their professional careers. The Society endorses the nomination of up to four patron positions each year at the Annual General Meeting. Provisions have been made for two veterinary, a national and international patron that represent the objectives of the Society in public forums and through their professional networks as advocates.

Dr. Adrian Gallagher
Owner - Brisbane Bird Vet, Brisbane, Queensland, AUS

Adrian has had an interest in nature and aviculture in general all of his life. He has kept a variety of species including finches, doves, pigeons, quail, poultry and parrots. Adrian graduated from Queensland University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (honours) in 1985. He achieved his membership with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian health in 1993. Adrian was always destined to have a career in avian medicine and after graduation commenced building an avian practice at the Brighton Veterinary Surgery (BVS). BVS was sold after 20 years to establish Brisbane Bird Vet, which is an avian only practice in Chermside on Brisbane’s Northside. Adrian has held committee roles numerous veterinary organisations e.g. Australian Veterinary Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians and Australian Avian Veterinary Medicine Association. He has had a long association with the Parrot Society of Australia, joining in 1986 and holding the position of patron. Adrian is also a director of the Parrot Trust of Australia.

Dr. Bob Doneley
Associate Professor - Avian and Exotic Medicine - School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland.

Steve Martin
Natural Encounters Inc.


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