Team CPS

Our team of Staff, Foster Carers and Volunteers at The Cat Protection Society of Victoria have a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds but share a mutual passion for animal welfare and protecting the rights of those who can’t do so themselves. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of care to cats in need and are committed to helping every cat find their perfect forever home.

Get to know some of our team below:

Ian Crook

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Crook joined The Cat Protection Society in 2014 with extensive experience in both Private and Public Industry and in the Fundraising sector. Ian is passionate about working cooperatively with the local community and other like-minded organisations to promote and improve the welfare and wellbeing of cats and to ultimately address the challenges associated with cat overpopulation.

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Lisa Agius

Shelter Manager

A qualified Vet Nurse with almost 20 years’ experience, Lisa has worked in both Private Clinics and Animal Shelters and enjoys the opportunity to work with the community at The Cat Protection Society to increase awareness of cat welfare and to provide a second chance to the animals that seek refuge at the Shelter.

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Dr Peta Keown

Senior Veterinarian

Dr Peta Keown joined The Cat Protection Society team in 2020, bringing with her an incredible 15 years experience as a small animal practitioner. Dr Keown is a long time cat-lover and is passionate about having the opportunity to care for cats in need and contribute to the unique relationship between humans and their animals. Dr Peta Keown manages The Cat Protection Society Private Veterinary Clinic.

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Nina Gibson

Fundraising Manager

Nina brings over 20 years’ of experience as a fundraiser to The Cat Protection Society of Victoria, having worked in the arts for organisations such as Melbourne Theatre Company, the Melbourne Writers Festival and Regional Arts Victoria, managing sponsorship and philanthropic giving. Pandemic soul-searching has led to a pivot to raising support for animal welfare.

A life-long animal-lover, Nina has a farming background, and currently has a dog named Dolly and a cat named Salem. She believes it is possible to be a cat person and a dog person simultaneously, but is thrilled to be on her way towards being a Crazy Cat Lady in the near future. Nina is looking forward to getting to know all the supporters of CPSV this year.

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