Helen Marston, Chief Executive Officer
Following a 12 year career in investment banking, Helen pursued a number of projects specific to animal welfare/rights. She was employed by Animals Australia for eight years, during which time she participated in the NHMRC’s public consultation on xenotransplantation, and founded Humane Charities Australia Inc. a project aimed to identify health charities that do not conduct nor support animal-based research.
Helen left Animals Australia in 2004 to produce ‘Animals Matter’ – Australia’s first television program about animal welfare and rights issues. In 2005 she completed the Grad. Certificate in Animal Welfare at Monash University. She currently serves as 'Animals In Research Division Rep' on the Animals Australia Executive.
Robyn Kirby – HRA Office Manager
Robyn first became aware of the use of animals in experiments over 25 years ago when a toxicology facility, that would use over 100,000 animals, was proposed for Victoria. This major facility (which did not go ahead) highlighted to Robyn the hidden industry that is vivisection (experimentation on live animals). Robyn believes that this outdated method of research has well and truly reached its use by date. Robyn holds a Diploma of Communications from Griffith University and has over 25 years experience in office administration.
With assistance from:
Jacqueline Cuthbertson, Living Well Freelance Writing Services
Jacqueline first became involved in animal rights in the late eighties, when asking for ‘non-animal tested’ cosmetics or cleaning products was mostly unheard of. After a long career in nursing and midwifery she complemented her degree in applied science with a graduate certificate in writing and made the change to freelance writing, focusing mostly on health, medical and ethical matters. She began writing for HRA and Choose Cruelty Free in 2009 and is thrilled to be able to combine her two great passions, those of writing and antivivisection.