Fiona Cumming, Executive Director
I was born in Hong Kong to a Scottish father and Hong Kong Chinese mother and the city has been my permanent home since 1997.
Before joining the SPCA, I spent 20 years within the financial services industry. In my most recent role, I was Executive Director and Chief of Staff for the COO in Global Markets, helping supervise, manage and run a division of 300+ people.
With my extensive experience in bringing clarity to complex situations, I joined the SPCA in February 2022 to help modernise and refocus the 100+ year old organisation to meet future challenges. I am responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the SPCA, reporting directly to the Executive Committee.
Having always been surrounded by pets, I am the proud owner of a mixed-breed dog, Luna, and cats Truffle and Toffee, and Gandalf the bearded dragon.
Louisa Ho, Deputy Executive Director
I grew up in Toronto but I have spent my entire professional life in Hong Kong and consider myself a cultural bridge between the two cities. Before joining the SPCA, I held a series of diverse managerial roles in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Aside from stints at Hyatt International, Honeywell and DLA Piper, my most notable role was as Executive Director for The Nature Conservancy. In this role, I created new conservation programs, built solid philanthropic revenue streams and a sustainable members’ program.
I joined the SPCA in May 2022 and I hope to bring my diverse set of skills to help diversify income and donation streams, build community outreach and implement organisational change to improve efficiency.
With my grown-up kids living their lives in Canada, I have embraced “Parenting 2.0” with two newly adopted SPCA pups: Loki (a mixed breed, born in early 2022) and Pepper (a Corgi-mix born in late 2022).
Dr. Fiona Woodhouse, Deputy Director (Welfare)
I have been fascinated by animals since I was young, and becoming a guinea pig “monitor” at primary school was the first step on the road to veterinary medicine. Tropical fish, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, rats, cats and a dog all played a part in my life until, at the tender age of 10, I decided I wanted to become a vet.
I qualified in the UK at the University of Cambridge. I also hold a Masters in Veterinary Public Health and Management from the University of Sydney and I’m a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) in the UK.
After a stint in private practice in the UK, I came to Hong Kong in 1992 on a brief visit and got to see the work that the SPCA did and how it could make a big impact on animals. A year later I returned to join the permanent team. I feel exceptionally lucky to do a job that I’m so passionate about and proud of the changes that the SPCA has helped to bring about. My current areas of interest are animal welfare, animal law, shelter medicine and veterinary forensics.
Currently we have a dog and a snake and also foster animals from time to time through the SPCA’s foster parent programme.
Dr. Jane Gray, Chief Veterinary Surgeon
From a very early age I developed a strong respect and love for animals, becoming vegetarian at the age of 13, and deciding on a veterinary career by the age of 16.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science (BVSc), University of Liverpool, I started my career in mixed practice (large and small animal) in Hertfordshire, England. With an innate fascination for Asia, I soon found myself as a vet in a 24-hour small animal hospital affiliated with Singapore Zoo. In 1991, I began my career at the SPCA and I feel honoured to have been part of this great organisation for more than 30 years; it perfectly combines my passion for animal welfare and ethics with a hands-on role as a veterinary surgeon.
My family currently includes two street cats (Jerome and Leroy), and a very small Pomeranian called Billy who comes with me to work most days.
Karl Mak, Deputy Director (Inspectorate)
I am Hong Kong born and bred. My early passion was for both sports and animals and for the former I was fortunate enough to win numerous trophies for my dinghy sailing exploits. That led to my first career in the sports and recreation industry, running numerous local and international squash organisations as well as organiszing many world events and major games.
My second career is with animals and I have been part of the SPCA Inspectorate since 2015. Our passionate and professional team is able to help hundreds of animals in need each year, with the highest standards of animal welfare as our guiding light.
I am fortunate to have owned 15 dogs over the years but sadly all of them have crossed the rainbow bridge. My two cats, Saigor and Teisa are both adopted from the SPCA and I hope one day they will volunteer for cuddles without having to be bribed with treats.
Peter Lin, Deputy Director (Welfare Operations)
I spent the last three decades in animal welfare, dealing with everything from administration to policy development. In my first stint with the SPCA, I started out on frontline duties as a kennel keeper and rose through the ranks to become the Head of Homing and Welfare Operations Manager.
Later, I left to join the pet supplies industry as a business manager and worked on Ocean Park’s Wild Monkeys Contraceptive Programme Project. I rejoined the SPCA in 2019.
I resumed my current role in 2022 and oversee the veterinary assistants (welfare operations), and lead shelter management, adoption, and homing programmes. I also manage the customer service team, oversee boarding, grooming, and retail, and am responsible for business growth and streamlining operations.
I live with two rescue cats, Meow and Matilda, and Marie, a rescue dog.
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