The GAP programme was established as an independent trust by Greyhound Racing New Zealand to find homes for greyhounds when they had finished racing. The Trust is governed by an independent board of trustees and in 2008 became a registered charity. The Trustees meet every two months to discuss operations and plan future strategy.
Our Trustees are below (L- R) Dave Macauley, Alastair Donald, Julia Thomas & Pam Madgwick.
And you can find out more about our Trustees below.
Dave Macauley GRNZ Appointee
Dave works as an Operational Manager for Alto Packaging in Palmerston North; a position he has held for 18 years.
Greyhounds have always been a big part of his life; he has been involved in all facets of the sport for 45 years. Couple this with his recent appointment as Deputy Chairman of the GRNZ board, he brings a robust set of skills to the GAP board which will add value to the Trust moving forward. Dave is married to Joanne with four grown children.
Alastair brings a great deal of governance and management experience to the GAP Board and he is also currently a long term director at PWC in Auckland. Alastair is a greyhound owner and acquired his first greyhound prior to the establishment of GAP.
Julia's background is in Human Resource Management in the corporate world, and she has also worked for a number of not-for-profit organisations in senior management roles. Since 2004 she has focused on animal management and welfare, returning to full-time study and working for a time as the Operations Manager at the SPCA. Julia continues to work as a consultant in canine behaviour and training and will complete her Masters degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour this year. Many GAP owners will know Julia through her research into rehoming greyhounds, as she has been surveying GAP adopters about their experiences for the last couple of years. Her professional input to GAP processes will be invaluable. Julia lives in Castor Bay Auckland
Pam is a very experienced civil servant with roles in governance, leadership and change management. She is now a Director in two management consultancy companies focusing on information management and change management respectively. Pam is based in Wellington and lives in Eastbourne. She is a GAP owner (Vulcan and Raro), and volunteers through fostering and as an Area Co-ordinator in the Eastern Central Region.