Staff

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Rachel Smith

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Rachel holds a MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law from the University of Winchester, during which she undertook her dissertation project on Freedom of Information Legislation and Animal Research.

Rachel has been committed to various animal welfare causes since a young age. During her career has worked for NGOs in the animal welfare and conservation fields, in Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as employment in the community sector for local, state and federal Government.

Robyn Kirby​

CAMPAIGNS LIAISON AND RESEARCH OFFICER

Robyn holds a Diploma of Communications from Griffith University and has over 35 years experience in administration in the fields of law and medicine.

Robyn is of the view that animal experimentation is clearly an unreliable method of investigation into the ills of humans, strongly believing that non-animal methods of research must urgently be developed and utilised.  Robyn looks forward to future advancement of medical research based on human biological innovations.

Adam Walsh

Operations and Administration Officer

Adam became conscious of the mistreatment of animals after visiting a food market in Siem Reap, Cambodia. After discovering more about how animals for human benefit are treated in Australia he changed the impact of his lifestyle and following an enlightening trip to India, decided to pursue animal advocacy as a career.

Adam grew-up in Dubbo, in central New South Wales, and has twenty years administration and customer service experience, including customer service team management. Adam spends his life drinking tea, practicing yoga, and hanging out with his partner and their toy poodle Jesper.

Natalie Anderson

SCIENCE outreach CONSULTANT

Natalie is a respiratory research scientist in her final year of her PhD at Curtin University investigating the health effects of e-cigarette aerosols and medical aerosol delivery through artificial airways with computational fluid dynamics.

She completed her Master in Child Health Research at the University of Western Australia researching inhaled corticosteroid monotherapy for teenagers with asthma and her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

Natalie is passionate about research using new-approach methodology including biomedical engineering, improved in vivo imaging, and in silico study methods. She is committed to forwarding science without animal experimentation and believes that Human is the best model for Human.

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Athena

CAMPAIGNS AND MARKETING MANAGER

Athena has spent over 15 years helping organisations large and small to grow through creative and technical marketing solutions. For the past ten years she has focused on helping non-profits in the tertiary education, health and environmental justice sectors to bring their goals from concept through to fruition.

A passionate animal advocate and a vegan for several years, she has loved all animals since she was a young child and is led by this passion throughout her career. In her spare time she likes reading, wild ocean swimming and hanging out with friends – both human and other-than-human beings.

At the beginning of COVID she created an online environmental movement about corruption, greenwashing and extinction associated with in the palm oil industry – this now has 15K dedicated followers and averages 750,000 impressions each month – with zero ad spend. She has a postgraduate degree in Investigative Journalism and Digital Media.

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