Marion Cooper - FCCQ Inc. & ACF Inc. International All Breeds
Ph: 07 3411 1411
Mobile: 0401 085 533
Address: 8a MacGroarty Street
Coopers Plains Qld 4108
Closest Airport - Brisbane
Marion Cooper is an Australian Cat Federation (ACF International All-breeds
Judge who began judging in 1983. She has judged extensively all over the world.
Marion is also involved in training students in the preparation and care of
cats, both as pets and for show.
Marion began breeding and showing Persians in 1979. She has successfully bred many Best in Show Persian and Exotic exhibits in Australia and New Zealand under the "Glevum" prefix, including a Kitten of the Year. She has also successfully shown a Black Smoke Persian to Cat of the Year. She previously bred Abyssinians.
Currently she is breeding Persians and Exotics in solid, tabby, silver tabby and smoke with the emphasis on chocolate and lilac.
Marion is a member of the Feline Control Council of Queensland Inc. (FCCQ) Management Committee, President of the FCCQ Judges Guild, and one of FCCQ's tutor judges. She has also previously been an all-breeds Registrar.
Marion has designed and been webmaster for several CCCA and ACF Councils, as well as a number of cat clubs and catteries. She enjoys building web pages with the aim of making them interesting, informative, fast-loading and fun.
She is an active member of the Siamese and Shorthair Cat Club of Queensland Inc. and is interested in all things to do with cats.
Jo Dennington - FCCQ Group 4 Companion Judge
Closest Airport - Gold Coast
Jo has always had a love for cats. In the year 2000 Jo started showing
Siamese and Orientals in Northern NSW, and went on to breed Siamese and
Orientals for some years. In 2006 Jo became the proud owner of a desexed
British Shorthair and began to breed British Shorthairs a short time after.
Jo moved to Queensland in 2011 and has been involved with the Queensland cat
fancy since moving. Jo is the current President of the British Shorthair and
In 2014 Jo imported her first American Shorthair and is continuing to bred British and American Shorthairs and more recently Scottish Folds.
Karen Evans - FCCQ Companion
Phone: 0438 620 974
Address: Norman Park. 4170
Closest Airport - Brisbane
I grew up with a large family and pets and have been working in an office for
most of my life. I got involved with cat rescue in the early 1990's and then
move on to join a Cat Club and learn to run cat shows and then became a Group
4 Judge (Companion Judge).
I had my daughter Meena in 1996 and only worked part time from then with children with disabilities, I have also been on my daughters school P & C as Secretary for many years. At home I have a mix bag of furry kids, 5 cats and my special little dog Mocky (Portuguese Podengo).
Anne Harvey - ACF Inc. and FCCQ Inc. Allbreeds
Mobile: 0438 581 208
Address: PO Box 312,
HERVEY BAY Qld 4655
Closest Airport - Brisbane
Anne qualified as a Group 1 judge with FCCQ in 2009. She began her judges
training in Groups 2 and 3 in late 2009, and was licensed as an open Group 2
judge with FCCQ in 2011. She completed her shorthair training and became an
approved Allbreeds Judge in 2012.
Cats have always been part of Anne's family; however it was not until 1999 that she discovered the cat fancy. Beginning in the year 2000, Anne began breeding and showing Maine Coons. She was one of the first to introduce the breed to Queensland, and among the first handful of Maine Coon breeders in Australia at that time. Anne concentrates on health, temperament and quality in her small breeding programme which has produced some successful show winners and Cat of the Year winners during that time, but more importantly has produced healthy well-balanced kittens who bring joy to their families.
Anne is committed to supporting and promoting the cat fancy, and has held a number of executive positions in cat clubs. She is currently the Secretary of the Siamese and Shorthair Cat Club of Qld Inc, and Secretary of the FCCQ Judges Guild. She assists with, and manages cat shows, and is an active member of the Feline Control Council of Queensland Inc.
Outside the world of cats, Anne works as a Senior Engineering Technician with a large international Engineering Consultant. She also enjoys reading and travel. Anne lives in Hervey Bay, a few hours' drive north of Brisbane, but uses Brisbane as her base for judging and showing.
Janet Hunt Silby - FCCQ Group 4 Companion Judge
PO Box 800
Closest airport Brisbane
Janet's love of cats started in the 1970's when her family started breeding and showing firstly Persians and then Siamese with the New Zealand Cat Fancy. She soon had her own Siamese which she showed as a junior handler, before owning both Devon Rex. Her family then started breeding sphynx in the 1990's, with her mother and sister registered breeders in New Zealand.
In 1998 Janet moved to Australia from living in Europe and Asia and owned several Cornish Rex before she became the proud owner of her first sphynx in 2007, soon after becoming a registered breeder of Sphynx under the prefix of Sphynxstar along with her husband.
Theresa Imboden-Johnson - ACF International All Breeds
Mob: 0424 194 947
49 Sawmill Rd Dundowran Beach
Hervey Bay QLD 4655
Closest Airport - Hervey Bay (HVB)
As a child I grew up in Switzerland and was always surrounded by cats. My love
for all breeds of cats including domestics has continued throughout my life.
I started breeding Persians under the prefix Martes and have successfully shown Persian and Exotics for over 20 years. The Martes prefix is well known in Australia and New Zealand for its many Best in Show and Cat of the Year Awards.
I am a fully qualified All Breeds Judge, starting with Group 1 in 1986. I have enjoyed judging in all states of Australia.
I served as an executive member of the Management committee as well as holding the position of treasurer of NSW CFA for 15 years before retiring. I have also held the position of Treasurer with the Coordinating Cat Council of Australia and the Feline Health Research Fund.
New Zealand, Europe, South Africa, 2006 Singapore, 2008 Singapore, 2010 Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Jakarta, Borneo, Chengdu and Thailand
Isobel Johnstone - FCCQ Inc & ACF Inc. International All Breeds
Ph: 07 3870 8833
Mobile: 0412 770 595
Address: 158 Highland Terrace
St Lucia Qld 4067
Closest Airport - Brisbane
Dr Isobel Johnstone has had a lifetime career as a Veterinary Scientist at The
University of Queensland (UQ) and is a former Director of UQ's Companion
Isobel has bred Abyssinians since 1976 and, although she no longer breeds Abys, they of course still share her home. She has vetted at cat shows for 20 years.
Isobel joined the Siamese and Shorthair Cat Club of Queensland in 1976 and is now a life member. She has been that club's Secretary and Treasurer. Needless to say, she is also an experienced show manager. In addition to being a long-serving senior judge, Isobel has held positions over the years as a tutor judge; been Chairperson of Judges Associations; and has been a delegate to, and on, committees of various cat organisations.
Isobel became a Group Three Judge in 1983; a Group Two Judge in 1987 and an All-breeds Judge in 1997.
Jenni McKernan - FCCQ & ACF Allbreeds
Ph: 0408 151 303
Address: PO Box 33
Dayboro QLD Q4521
Closest Airport - Brisbane
Jenni's obsession with cats started at a very early age and this passion has continued throughout her life. She has always been owned by several cats and has bred and shown Abyssinians since 1989 under the "Asmara" prefix. She successfully bred many Best in Show Abyssinians, specialising in dilutes and she bred Abyssinian of the Year in 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2009. More recently, Jenni has also bred and shown Ocicats, using "Asmara OCI" for naming her Ocicat progeny. Asmara Ocicats have also gained Best in Show and COY awards.
Jenni is a Feline Control Council of Queensland Inc All Breeds Judge. She completed steward training in 2003 and continues to enjoy that role as it allows her to handle many different breeds and to continue to learn from all the judges with whom she works. She is also an experienced show manager who likes the challenges associated with running a successful cat show. Jenni began her judge's training in 2006, became a Companion judge in 2007 and was licenced as an Open Group 2 judge in 2011. She extended her licence to include Group 3 and became an Open Shorthair judge in 2013. Jenni completed Longhair training in 2016 and is now an All Breeds Open judge.
Jenni is currently the Vice President of Feline Control Council of Qld Inc. and an active member of the Siamese and Shorthair Cat Club of Queensland Inc. and the Classy Cats Cat Club Inc. She has a special interest in feline behaviour, genetics, and health and welfare issues.
Jenni has been a qualified veterinary surgical nurse for over 25 years and, while still enjoying that role on a part-time basis, now manages the Queensland operation of a national veterinary products distribution company.
Belinda Penglis - FCCQ Inc & ACF Inc. International All Breeds
Ph: 07 3390 4417
Mobile: 0408 455 808
Address: 138 Stanbrough Road
GUMDALE Qld 4417
Closest Airport - Brisbane
Belinda has successfully bred and shown Siamese and Orientals under the
"Serendippidee " and "Diamante "prefixes since 1975, producing several Cat,
Kitten and Neuter of the Year winners. She began Judging Group 2 in 1987,
extending to Group 3 in 2006, and gained her All Breeds Licence in 2008. She
still gets an enormous buzz out of watching kittens grow and her philosophy has
always been to breed well-balanced, healthy, happy kittens for people who
love the Siamese and Oriental breed.
Away from cats, Belinda has a Ph.D. in Parasitology and is a Senior Veterinary Pathology Scientist. She also teaches Contemporary and Classical Ballet to professional level, and is a Mentor as well as a Practical Teaching Supervisor for the Royal Academy of Dance (London).
She has been an active member of Siamese and Shorthair Cat Club of Queensland since 1975 and is now a Life Member and Shorthair Tutor for FCCQ Inc.
John Sandercock FCCQ Group 4 COMPANION JUDGE
46 Federation Drive,
Hillcrest Qld 4118
Phone: 0415 489 244
Closest Airport - BrisbaneJohn grew up on a dairy farm where he looked after the farm cats. He always had a rescue cat from the RSPCA until he acquired his first pedigree cat, a blue point Birman breeding girl in 1997 and joined the Birman Cat Fanciers of Queensland Inc (BCFCQ). He has been an active member of the BCFCQ, participating in many cat shows as a ring clerk, steward, show secretary and show manager. An interest in computer programming led him into writing a computer program to aid in the task of organising a cat show and printing show catalogues. He fell in love with the red point Birmans when he saw them at a show, and started breeding for that colour. He currently has several red point and tortie point Birmans who allow him and his wife to live with and look after them.
Marisa Thistlewaite - FCCQ & ACF Allbreeds
28 Byrnes Road
South Joyner Q4500
Phone: 0408 630 082
Mob: 0408 630 082
Closest Airport - Brisbane
Marisa is an All Breeds International judge attaining her Group 1 licence in 2008 and then completed her Group 2 & 3 licence in 2013 with QFA. She has judged in all states in Australia, in New Zealand and is a Guest Judge for CFA.
She entered the cat fancy in 1991 breeding Birmans under the prefix Belshogar. For many years she actively showed her Birmans and a Persian neuter with many COY and National awards. While doing her shorthair judges course she decided to show a Burmese Neuter and was totally captured by the breed. She is now passionately breeding and showing Burmese with some very special cats. Marisa has always been involved in different facets of the cat fancy from show manager and secretary, at a council level held positions of Vice President, Registrar, and Treasurer. She held the position of Treasurer for the Birman Club for many years and honoured with Life Membership.
As a judge Marisa feels it is one of the greatest honours to be able to handle and judge so many cats at all the shows throughout the year.
Jocene Vallack - FCCQ Inc. Shorthair Judge
Mobile: 0429 681 102
2/120 The Strand
North Ward (Townsville) 4810
Closest Airport - Townsville
Dr Jocene Vallack works in Education at James Cook University, and has been
breeding cats since 1998. Initially a Siamese and Oriental breeder, she raised
Foreign Whites and Black Orientals, and later progressed to Silver Classic
Orientals. She became interested in Sphynx cats about ten years ago, and as a
result of working in collaboration with other breeders, her Alchemy Sphynx Cats
have pure lines, imported from Russia, UK and New Zealand.
She began her judge's training and examinations in Victoria in 2011 with the FCCV, and later, after moving to Queensland for work, she was invited to complete her Shorthair training through the FCCQ. She remains indebted to each of these affiliations for their expertise and mentoring. She now resides in Townsville, where her seven cats enjoy their shady enclosures in the tropical climate.
Robbie Walker - FCCQ Companion JudgeMobile: 0429 422 131
3 Bagan Court,
Mudgeeraba Qld 4213
Closest Airport: Gold Coast (OOL) or Brisbane (BNE)
I entered the cat fancy in 1997, breeding Scottish Folds and British Shorthairs under the prefix Glencairn and later Duart. I gained my Group 4 licence with QFA Inc. in 2010. Over the years, I have held various positions within the Cat Fancy, initially in NSW before moving to Queensland in 2007. I still enjoy the active roles that I undertake in various aspects of show management.
Currently I am the Honorary Council Steward of the Cat Section with the Royal Brisbane Show and also the Chief Steward for the Sydney Royal Easter, and since 2012 have taken an active involvement with running three ACF National shows.
I currently hold the positions of ACF Treasurer and ACF International Liaison Officer. The latter position is both exciting and challenging, which involves the co-ordination with other cat associations in Australia and New Zealand to share and invite judges from international associations. Additionally promoting and raising ACF judges profiles to overseas associations and further ACF's standing on the world stage. I joined FCCQ in late 2017 and look forward to long association with them, in whatever role I undertake.
FCCQ Honorary Judge
Penny Bydlinski - FIFe Cat I,Cat II & Cat III - FCCQ Group 2
Closest Airport - Coolangatta
Penny Bydlinski was brought up in the United Kingdom with cats of one sort or
another but bought her first Burmese in Canada in the 1960s. She bred Burmese
under her prefix of Penric from 1969 to 2007. She has also bred Persians and,
together with her partner Roger, Abyssinians under the prefix Rydene. Although
Burmese will always be her first love, Abyssinians run a close second; it is a
breed about which she feels very strongly.
She qualified as a FIFe judge for shorthairs in 1981 and later for both the Longhair and Semi-longhair categories. She was on the FIFe board from 1993 until her retirement in 2005, having been General Secretary for 10 years. Penny has judged extensively all over Europe, South America, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
She was Chair of the first FIFe member in the UK and actively involved in its successor, serving on both the Show and the Judges Commission as well as being Chair, until her retirement in 1975, of the Garden of England Cat Club that she founded in 1991.
Penny is now semi-retired and living high in the hinterland of the Gold Coast in Queensland. She is still Secretary of the World Cat Congress, a post she has occupied since 1995 and which she enjoys very much as it gives an opportunity for meeting and exchanging ideas with people from other organisations around the world.
She now has more time to enjoy her hobbies of books, embroidery, theatre and gardening in the very beautiful surroundings where she lives with the company of her three cats, a black Exotic neuter, a brown Burmese neuter and, of course, an Abby neuter.
In 2011, FCCQ invited Penny to become its first Honorary Judge and the Council was delighted when she accepted. Penny was presented with her FCCQ Honorary Judge badge at the October 2011 show and will be invited to judge on a regular basis.