Wendy Attenborough was appointed to lead the daily operations of Perth Zoo in May 2018, reporting through to the Director General of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction (DBCA), Mr Mark Webb and the Zoological Parks Authority (ZPA) Board.
Wendy comes to the Zoo after more than ten years as an executive in the Western Australia Public Service. She brings a wealth of experience to the organisation, having worked on a range of significant policy issues in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and represented the State Government in a range of cross-jurisdictional negotiations.
Prior to joining the public sector, Wendy worked for a non-government organisation in the Kimberley for almost ten years, working with Aboriginal people on land-related issues. She started her professional life as a journalist and producer with ABC Radio, working in WA, Victoria and the NT. Much of Wendy’s childhood was spent in the Pilbara, sparking a love of the natural environment.