Hugh Gent OAM - Chair

Hugh Gent

Hugh has been President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd since 1998. He was Deputy Chair of the Companion Animals Working Group in the Federal Government, sponsored Australian Animal Welfare Strategy and a Director of the Australian Companion Animal Council. He currently serves on the Wollondilly Shire Council Companion Animals Advisory Group. He was a Director of the Royal NSW Canine Council from 1988–2003 and President and Chairman of the Board from 1994-1997. In 2004 he was awarded Life Membership for his long service to the Council and dog fraternity. Hugh is an ANKC All Breeds Dog Judge. In the 2006 Australia Day Honours he was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to Canine Activities, in particular to the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd and the Royal NSW Canine Council. He has been a member of the NSW Rural Fire Service for 30 years and has attended major fires in NSW and Interstate. He currently holds the rank of Captain in the Theresa Park Rural Fire Brigade and has been awarded the National Medal with Clasp for his service to the NSW RFS.


Brian Crump - Secretary

Brian Crump has bred and exhibited German Spitz (Mittel) for over 20 years. Brian is engaged in International Education at tertiary level andBrian Crump holds post-graduate degrees in philosophy and ethics. Brian is actively involved in a number of community organisations and is a trustee of the Sir Henry Royce Foundation Australia. Brian is a past president of the Non-Sporting Dog Club of NSW.


Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc

Karen HedbergKaren Hedberg is a veterinarian who has been heavily involved in dogs and dog breeding for over 40 years. She is also on the Board of Directors of The Royal NSW Canine Council Ltd. Having been involved in developing and promoting health testing schemes in many varied breeds, she is the current Chairperson of the ANKC Canine Health and Wellbeing Committee. Karen sees the Charity as having great potential to push health and welfare concerns for all breeds as well as to promote research into common problems affecting dogs.

Lynette Brown

Lynette BrownLynette has held the following positions: Chairman, Senior Vice Chairman, and Member of the Board of Directors of The Royal NSW Canine Council Ltd, Director, Australian National Kennel Council Ltd, Chairman, DOGS NSW Finance Committee, Chairman, DOGS NSW Judges Committee, Chairman DOGS NSW Spring Fair International Show Committee, Member DOGS NSW Media and Government Legislation Committee, DOGS NSW Conformation Judges Education Training Committee Member and Terrier Co-coordinator.
Lynette is an Australian National Kennel Council Ltd All Breeds Judge and Life Member of the British Terrier Club of NSW
and a Member of DOGS NSW and Terrier breeder since 1986.

Kim Crumpton

Kim CrumptonKim is a Senior Regulatory Affairs Strategist at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals - International (Oncology) Australia/ New Zealand and has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours Class 1) from Charles Sturt University. 


Malcolm Craig QC

Malcolm CraigMalcolm is a barrister of many years standing and was a judge of The Land and Environment Court of NSW from 2010 to 2016. Since then Malcolm has returned to the bar.

Rebecca Coventry

An expert educator and teacher within the Vocational Education sector, with a passion and expertise in Animal welfare, care and husbandry, Rebecca is Head of Faculty - Animal Science / Animal Science Teacher at TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute (WSI).


Ann Fieldhouse LLB (Syd) and LLM (Syd)

Ann is a Solicitor of NSW Supreme Court and an Accredited Mediator with the Resolution Institute.  Ann has over 4 decades of experience in a broad range of legal practice, both in the public and private sector, and is currently practising as a sole practitioner in the Southern Highlands of NSW.