Patron and Board

Kanyana’s Patron is Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia.

The Management Committee consists of nine Kanyana volunteers, with Helen Riley, as Chairperson. This committee decides policy and makes general management and financial decisions.

Kerry Sanderson with Boodie the burrowing bettong_lo

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia

Kanyana Patron since: 2015

Read more about Her Excellency online


Helen Riley, Chairperson

Kanyana volunteer since: 1995

Management Committee member since: 2006


  • Volunteers in hospital and other areas,
  • Interested in wildlife, the environment and how individuals can come together to make a difference,
  • Worked as a Registered General Nurse, previous Branch Supervisor ADCU and Brownie Guide Leader,
  • Member of SCGH Alumni, West Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, Lake Mealup Preservation Society, Oiled Wildlife Rescue, and Collectibles Society WA.

June and Henry (Houndstooth)

June Butcher AM, Founder

Kanyana volunteer since: 1970s

Management Committee member since: 1996


  • Founded Kanyana with husband Lloyd in 1986,
  • Established Kanyana as a leader in wildlife rehabilitation,
  • Considered an authority on wildlife breeding, care, and treatment,
  • Both June and Lloyd awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002 for services to wildlife,
  • Long-time educator and champion of community engagement in wildlife and conservation issues.


David Patman, Vice Chairperson

Kanyana volunteer since: 2013

Management Committee member since: 2014


  • Responsible at Kanyana for property lease and contracts, as well as facilities planning and projects. Member of both Projects and Training & Development Committee,
  • Worked in central government planning and administration in the UK and WA for 35 years,
  • Qualified in Environmental Science as well as Planning and Media,
  • Long-term amateur musician and past member of the Management Group for the State’s biggest folk/roots Festival at Fairbridge.


Margaret Buckland, Secretary

Kanyana volunteer since: 2010

Management Committee member since: 2010


  • Worked with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (formerly CALM/DEC) for 24 years; 12 years in Finance and Administration then 12 years as a Volunteer Co-ordinator and Community Involvement Coordinator for the state-wide volunteer program,
  • Developed and implemented the successful WILDCARE Helpline and Wildlife Rehabilitators Consultation Group.
  • Oversaw up to 9,500 registered volunteers, and was directly responsible for up to 2,500 volunteers in state-wide programs,
  • Ran annual workshops for volunteers including Fire Management, information regarding legislation, OH&S issues, First Aid courses, Outback Safety courses, and Wildlife courses.

Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright, Treasurer

Kanyana volunteer since: 2006

Management Committee member since: 2014


  • Volunteers in both the Hospital and Administration areas.
  • Has had a varied work-life, including teaching in Queensland, the NT and Western Australia, and in Human Resources in the mining industry.

Pete Nielson

Management Committee member since 2016

Sue Rose

Management Committee member since 2016


Management Committee member since 2017


Management Committee member since 2017