Patron and Board

The Governor of Western Australia, the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, has accepted Kanyana’s invitation to become our Patron.


Mrs 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)

Mrs 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.


Mr 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.


Ms Jenny Rule, Secretary

Management Committee member since 2018.

 Kanyana volunteer since 2016.

Barbara Wright

Mrs Barbara Wright, Treasurer

Management Committee member since 2014.

Kanyana volunteer since 2006.


  • 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.

Mr Peter Nielson

Management Committee member since 2016.

Kanyana volunteer since 2006


Management Committee member since 2017

Kanyana volunteer since 2017.


Management Committee member since 2017.

Kanyana volunteer since 2016.

Supporter since 2006.

Ms Corley Hug

Management Committee member since 2018.

Volunteer since 2016.

Would like to be actively involved in continuous improvement, good governance and encouraging the growth and development of Kanyana Wildlife.