Patron and Board

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

The Board 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

Board 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

Board 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

Board 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

Board 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

Board Member since: 2014


  • Volunteers both in the Hospital and Administration,
  • Volunteered as an ambulance officer and first aid instructor with St John Ambulance for 25 years,
  • Born in Queensland and lived in Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia,
  • Worked as a secondary school teacher and TAFE lecturer before moving into Human Resources in the mining industry,
  • Has two daughters and two grand-daughters,
  • Volunteering at Kanyana provided a welcome change of direction after retirement.

Coral Pepper

Dr Coral Pepper

Kanyana volunteer since: 2014

Board Member since: 2014


  • Hands on support for Kanyana includes-Education liaison, grant/award writing and strategic planning
  • WA born academic in Science and Education, now consulting
  • Former secondary Science teacher
  • Doctoral, Masters and Bachelor degrees in Science and Education
  • Long term strong interest in leadership, sustainability and environment


Bernard Reaveley

Kanyana volunteer since: 1995

Board Member since: 2011


  • Volunteer at Kanyana since 1995, working with Western Barred Bandicoots,
  • Started regular shift work in 1997 with Bilbies,
  • Grew up in England, completed a degree in Mineral Processing at Leeds University, then emigrated with wife Christine in 1970,
  • Lived and worked in Indonesia, Sierra Leone, NSW, Tasmania, and south-west WA before settling in the Perth Hills in 1988,
  • Interested in natural history, Kanyana provides an opportunity for many people to foster the same interest.

Pete Nielson

Sue Rose