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Zoos Victoria Foundation Board

The Zoos Victoria Foundation Board comprises a select group of Melbourne's influential community and business leaders.

In line with the vision of Zoos Victoria, members of the Zoos Victoria Foundation Board play an ambassadorial role in the development of fundraising and partnership opportunities with individual donors and the corporate and philanthropic sectors.


    Sonia Ritchie Kent
    Chair – Zoos Victoria Foundation Board

  • Associate Professor Andrew Lancelot Vizard
    Member – Zoos Victoria Foundation Board 

    Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne
    Director of Animal Health Australia
    Chairman of The Vizard Foundation

    Andrew is a Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne and an experienced company director.  From 1999 to 2009 he served on the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board and became a Foundation Board member in 2007. 

  • Mr Ian Hicks AM
    Member – Zoos Victoria Foundation Board
    Executive Chairman, Applied International Pty Ltd
    Chairman, Deutscher & Hackett

    Ian W Hicks is Executive Chairman of Applied International Pty Ltd, a private investment group located in Melbourne specialising in passive and active investments. Through the George Hicks Foundation he is also involved in a number of philanthropic projects including the preservation of the Spotted Tree Frog of Healesville Sanctuary.

    Ian was a member of the YPO, WPO, MS Society Victoria and was made a member of the Order of Australia for his work with the MS organisation. He is currently Chairman of Deutscher and Hackett, Board Member of McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, and Deputy Chairman on the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation.

  • Andrew Abercrombie 
    Member – Zoos Victoria Foundation Board

    Andrew Abercrombie is Chairman of The Abercrombie Group, a diversified investment company with real estate investment and development interests. Andrew founded the Flexirent business and after listing on the ASX remains on the board of FlexiGroup Ltd (FXL), currently a top 200 company.  

    Formerly a commercial lawyer, Andrew completed his MBA in Switzerland and is now engaged in a broad range of interests. As Regional Chairman of World Presidents’ Organisation, he participates in international management and education programs in various roles. Formerly a member of one of Victoria’s Alpine Resort Management Boards, he is also a Director of the Menzies Research Centre, the Flory Neurosciences Institute, the Abercrombie Foundation and is Treasurer of the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party.

    Andrew is married with two sons and has many interests including music, tennis, water sports and he is a qualified ski instructor.    


    Mr James Chen BSc 
    Member – Zoos Victoria Foundation Board

    James has been heavily involved in the ports and logistics business between Australia and Asia for the past 2 decades and previously started and managed his own successful business, Australian Maritime Services (AMS). AMS was involved in harbour towage and salvage operations along Australia’s East Coast.

    James now focuses on facilitating trade and investment between Australia and China through his flagship business, JPC International, and is currently working on a number of projects involving agriculture and telecommunications amongst other industries.

    James also provides strong support for the advancement of multiculturalism through his role as Senior Advisor for the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne.

  • Andrew Bell 
    Member – Zoos Victoria Foundation Board

  • Monica Grollo
    Member - Zoos Victoria Foundation Board