Our trustees

Our trustees at Animal Free Research UK play a key role, volunteering their time, providing expert advice, working together and making important decisions to ensure the charity’s success.

Professor Geoff Pilkington


Geoff has spent his entire career in brain tumour research and champions the use of re-purposed and re-formulated drugs in the treatment of cancer to fast-track them into the clinic. He believes that animals in research are poor representations of human disease and so his research focus has been the development of 3D all human models for the study of brain tumours.

“I am passionate about the use of all human in vitro models in medicine, particularly in the context of pre-clinical testing, and so I am delighted to be a trustee of Animal Free Research UK and to bring my experience and knowledge of all-human studies.”

Dr Martin Ashby

Martin has been a consultant in Palliative Medicine for 14 years. Prior to that he worked as a GP, specialising in health care for homeless people. He has always been a keen advocate for evidence-based medicine and realised the urgent need for science to adopt human relevant research at medical school. He has been vegetarian since 16 and vegan for eight years.

“I am delighted to be a trustee of Animal Free Research UK. They are key in helping to drive the change away from the misleading use of animals in research for human disease, to human relevant methods. Ultimately this will be of benefit to my patients and animals alike”.

Daniel Cameron

Daniel Cameron

Daniel is an experienced Chartered Accountant who has worked at senior strategic levels in the private and public sectors. He has been involved with local charities for some time as well as serving as a school governor. An ardent animal lover from birth and a vegetarian for over 35 years, he is now striving to go vegan.

“I remember how 40 years ago one had to hunt in health food stores to find shampoo that hadn’t been tested on animals. Since then it’s become a lot easier to obtain such products, but unfortunately cruel and unnecessary experiments on animals still continue. Therefore it is an honour to be on the board of Animal Free Research UK and make a contribution to ending these.”

Malcolm Wilkinson

Malcolm studied Physics at Oxford but is now a specialist in microfluidics and biomedical devices and Non-exec Chairman of Kirkstall Ltd and a Visiting Professor at Sheffield University in Biomedical Engineering. He has contributed to several books on in-vitro models of toxicity. He is a champion for the use of leading-edge technology to replace animal testing for the development of safe drugs, nutraceuticals, chemicals and cosmetics.

Michelle Chan

Michelle is a solicitor and legal counsel to a manufacturing and retail company, and its charity foundation. An animal lover, she moved to the UK from Singapore where she was actively advocating for better animal rights and rescuing and rehoming dogs.

“Great advancements have been made in animal-free testing alternatives, and the use of ethical, human relevant technologies saves lives, money and time. I am thrilled to be able to contribute in pushing for positive change that benefits animals and people.”

Jessica Borham

Jessica is a professional fundraiser with 14 years of experience across the charity sector. She has worked for a number of different charities in fundraising leadership roles. She currently works as a freelance consultant, supporting a range of charity clients with fundraising audits and strategy development as well as delivering various fundraising projects and campaigns. She also runs a vegan catering business and acts as a Director of a Charitable Interest Company, Young Rotters, that connects local young people in Hackney to the ecologies around them, centring stewardship, reciprocity, and decomposition.