Our Team

Sylvana Wenderhold

Administration & Volunteer Coordination Officer

Sylvana is a staunch, lifelong advocate for animal welfare and has been instrumental in initiating industry leading programs. She founded the National Desexing Network in 2004 and National Desexing Month in 2005. That year she also cofounded the Getting to Zero Summits. These bi-annual events have been great change agents, shifting traditional beliefs about animal sheltering and animal overpopulation towards a more progressive, solution based approach. She is also passionate about the welfare of greyhounds.

While completing her degree in Public Relations (specialising in non profit organisations) at Florida International University, Sylvana worked in a mobile desexing clinic. The hands on experience that this job provided would prove advantageous later in her career. Since moving to Australia in 2001, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Animal Welfare League of Queensland and was president for many years. 

In recent years, Sylvana has focussed her time setting up and coordinating a veterinary program in the Torres Straights – a region without access to veterinary assistance. As such, she understands the needs of both the VBB volunteers and partner organisations.

Anne Lloyd-Jones

Programs & Administration Manager

After completing a Bachelor of Business in Communications, Anne has spent the majority of her working life in the not for profit sector with a strong focus on animal welfare.

Anne has worked for WIRES, WSPA (now World Animal Protection) and held the position of Australian Director for Animals Asia for 16 years. These roles enabled her to see first-hand the immediate and dramatic impact supporting local organisations can have on the health and welfare of animals.

Originally from Sydney, Anne moved to Tasmania’s Huon Valley in 2011 and lives on a property with her dogs, cat, sheep, horses, mules, donkeys and a few free ranging chooks.

Robert Leach


Robert transitioned into the veterinary field in 2014 after graduating as a Registered Nurse. After several years of working in small animal hospitals and clinics, Robert completed a Master of Veterinary Studies from the University of Sydney.

Robert has also completed further studies in animal welfare and behaviour, and is a certified rabies educator and community coordinator. His time working across Southern African countries sparked a passion for One Health-based initiatives in low-middle income regions.

Robert has been VBB’s Programs and Administration Manager since 2020, and from November 2022 transitioned to providing consultancy support to VBB’s administrative team.

Robert lives in Sydney with his indoor cats and backyard hens and spends most of his downtime in the ocean or in his vegetable garden.

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