Our wellbeing dogs

Bringing joy and compassion 

Scout

A bundle of wiry Schnauzer-cross joy motivated by kind words, pats and treats, you would be excused for assuming life has been easy for Scout. His tough start on a puppy farm allows him to connect with those who have had less-fortunate beginnings. Scout’s calm demeanour and many talents (sitting, staying, spinning and shaking) make him an adored, founding canine member of our team.

Scout portrait
Haddie

Born to respected service dogs, Haddie’s lineage and training make her highly socialised and well-mannered – ideal for supporting young people and adults, especially those experiencing trauma. Also a mum, Haddie is a natural nurturer, sharing a special bond with her pups and her owner and Foundation team member, Barbara.

Haddie - sitting on grass
Roman

Roman began his journey at Guide Dogs Victoria. Despite being highly trained and well behaved, being deemed ‘too clever’ for guide dog work meant Roman was to pursue another ‘career’. And it is with the Foundation together with Barbara, where he has been able to share his skills and bring immense joy and calm to those in need.

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Scottie

Scottie started his working career at Guide Dogs Victoria. Having successfully served as a guide dog for many years, Scottie now brings joy to young people and adults in need alongside Angela, sharing his calm demeanour and people skills for the benefit of many.

Scottie 2 - Labrador
Our program team

Creating impactful connections

Leah Munnery


Program Leader

BSc(Hons), AdDipMgmt, DipVET, BSEM

For over two decades, Leah has been involved in animal advocacy and animal empathy education, with at least 10 years dedicated to animal-assisted therapy work. In her role, she leads an expert team that delivers trauma-informed human-animal wellbeing programs in classrooms and community groups. Prior to joining the Foundation, Leah delivered animal education at a renowned animal welfare organisation.

Leah Munnery portrait
Barbara Walsh

Program Officer

BEd

Barbara delivers our human-animal wellbeing programs alongside her Labradors, Haddie and Roman. Her experience as a classroom teacher and puppy raising instructor with Guide Dogs Victoria, make her a valuable and experienced member of our team.

 

Barbara
Angela Cartledge

Program Officer

DipNsg

Angela brings with her a wealth of nursing experience, working most recently on campus at a girls’ school in Melbourne, and combines this with her expertise as a puppy raiser with Guide Dogs Victoria. Angela works alongside her Labrador, Scottie, delivering joy to our school and community clients.

 

Angela Cartledge
Our leadership team

Stephen Sedgman OAM

Founder and Chairman  
BCom, FFin, RG146

Long-standing philanthropist and animal advocate, Stephen is Founder and Chairman who shares his home with two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. He has spent more than five decades in investment management and holds directorships on several boards. Stephen is actively involved in multiple philanthropic endeavours having founded a number of for-purpose organisations and, for his service to the community, was awarded in 2023 the Medal of the Order of Australia.

 

Lynette Sedgman OAM

Founder and Director

A long-time philanthropist and animal advocate, Lynette is Founder and Director who also shares her home with two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. In 2023, Lynette was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the community through her philanthropic contribution, including her generous support of The Australian Ballet School.

 

James Dickson 

Director   
LLB, BEc, FFin, FAICD

A Partner at Piper Alderman, James has spent three decades advising corporations and organisations on legal matters relating to transactions, governance, risk and compliance. Currently, he is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. James is a Director and Responsible Person of The Unconditional Love Foundation.

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Jane Harris 

Chief Executive Officer    
BCom, BA, RG146   

With over two decades in the investment management industry, Jane has worked with global and Australian funds management organisations to advise on investor attraction and engagement. She has also supported capital raising and relationship development on behalf of corporate and philanthropic clients. In the for-purpose sector, Jane serves on the Board of Trustees of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation. She also shares her home with a senior West Highland White Terrier. 

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