Meet our staff


Carla Owen (CEO)

Carla has wanted to help change the world since she was 12 when she had an epiphany in Cambridge Sainsbury’s that meant she would never again eat animals. She thinks big, draws badly and eats less vegan chocolate cake than she would like.

Nicole Reeves (Director of Finance and Operations)

Nicola fell in love with the idea of working for charities when she was only a teenager and is driven by a desire to help make the world a better place. She’s always had geeky tendencies, having learned to code in BASIC at age 8 as well as winning the school maths prize twice, so has settled very well into the role of Director of Finance & Operations.

Mimmo Di Giacomo (Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications)

I am keen about contributing to transformative changes in our society to benefit humans and animals alike. I love to engage and move people to support so many worthwhile causes. And I have a passion for moviemaking and made my first indie feature film as independent producer.

Alpesh Patel (Science Manager)

Alpesh tends the grants garden to ensure that our research grows tall and strong, as well as championing the science of our work to the wider world.

Patrick Baker (Head of Marketing)

Patrick has spent a great deal of his life marketing things. Marketing drawings he made at school (primarily by sticking them on the fridge), marketing music he has made and plays that he has written. He is now very happy to be using everything he has learned to become Head of Marketing at Animal Free Research UK.

 Liam Devenish (Finance and Database Officer)

Liam had an epiphany while making his 2354th Frappuccino that working for a meaningful cause would really help him sleep better at night. After finding a passion for philosophy at University, animal rights had become a large focus and Animal Free Research UK felt a natural fit. Liam is a big movie lover and will take any opportunity to ask if you also felt Matthew Lillard should have been at least asked to voice Shaggy in Scoob! (2020). He vows never to watch that movie.

 Jess Whitlock (Supporter Engagement Officer)

Jess loves to explore the world and climb mountains (but not so much the upward climb!). She also has a deep love for pick ‘n’ mix and musicals.


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