Veterinary Foundation Council


Deborah McMurtrie, President

Ms Deborah McMurtrie


Deborah is a lawyer by background and has been a partner of two national law firms. Most recently she was 7 years with KPMG leading their governance practice.

She has an extensive knowledge of commercial practice and business structures and an appreciation of finance, marketing and human resource issues. She retired from full time work in May 2006.


Ros Lyon, Honorary Treasurer

BA LLB

Ros holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University. She was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1984. Since admission, Ros has worked in the corporate sector of the financial services industry, holding several senior positions. She specialises in corporate insurance, and is viewed as a leading Australian expert in the areas of professional indemnity and directors and officers’ liability insurance. Ros has also gained extensive experience in management, including budgeting, technical aspects of the financial services sector, and staff management. She currently holds a national role with listed financial services group, Suncorp.

Ros’ special responsibility on the VSF Council is Treasurer and Chair of the VSF Nomination Committee. Her extensive knowledge and skills is invaluable to the Foundation.


Professor Rosanne Taylor

Professor Rosanne Taylor, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science

Rosanne Taylor, Dean of The Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney, Australia is a Faculty graduate (1982), with experience in mixed veterinary practice, state government, biomedical research (Westmead Hospital and University of Pennsylvania). and veterinary academia. Her expertise is in veterinary neuroscience and veterinary education and her research has contributed to understanding of the pathobiology and treatment of inherited brain damage with stem cell and gene therapies. She has been recognised with teaching awards for leading curriculum and cultural change and is an international education advisor.

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Dr John Culvenor


Dr Culvenor is a veterinarian and an alumnus of the University of Sydney. He is a specialist surgeon and has been President of the Surgical Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.

John is a partner in the North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre in Sydney.


Dr Marc Polese

Marc Polese

Today Marc is one of Sydney’s best known restaurateurs (Beppi’s), however he started his professional life with 1st class honours in Veterinary Science at Sydney University in 1984. After spending 2 years working in a mixed practice in Orange, Marc returned to Sydney University to complete a Diploma of Veterinary Clinical Studies. During his 5 years with the North Shore Veterinary Hospital as a surgeon, Marc sat and passed the exams giving him Membership to the College of Veterinary Scientists Small Animal Surgery Chapter. Marc continues to work as a Veterinary surgeon one day per week. Marc joined the Council in December 2007.


Deborrah Lambourne

Deborrah is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University. Deborrah has extensive experience in the accounting and finance sectors and held senior management roles within the Banking and Financial Services Industry. Her commercial experience includes the evaluation and development of corporate growth strategies, including mergers, acquisitions, specific experience in consumer and commercial finance, and in capital projects. Deborrah joined the Council in October 2007.


Cathryn Borghetti


Cathryn has an administrative background specialising in public relations, sales and marketing. Now retired from the full time workforce she contributes her business and communications expertise as a volunteer.