Laura-Jane Sheridan MInstF (Chair)
Laura-Jane is an experienced senior fundraising and communications professional, skilled in areas such as organisational development, strategic leadership and supporter development. She has worked across the third sector for over fifteen years throughout the UK. She is a passionate advocate of animal rights and has been a committed supporter of Animal Free Research UK for many years.
“I joined the Board in late 2016, having been a supporter of the organisation for many years. I have been involved in animal welfare causes for most of my career and I am dedicated to giving animals a voice where they need it most. I believe that animal experimentation is both unacceptable and unnecessary and I am proud of the tireless efforts by the dedicated team at Animal Free Research UK as we work to completely end the use of animals in medical science.”
Daniel Cameron (Treasurer)
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.”
Julia has been a passionate animal advocate since childhood and a regular supporter of Animal Free Research UK. A vegetarian for the past 30 years, Julia believes that all animals should be treated with compassion and respect.
With a diverse career spanning both the private and public sectors, Julia has been a self-employed bookkeeper since 2006 with clients in various fields including the charity sector.
“I am extremely proud and excited to be a Trustee for this amazing charity. Animal Free Research UK is taking positive, progressive and ground-breaking steps in the world of medicine. With more and more people questioning the validity of animal experiments, ethically, financially and scientifically, Animal Free Research UK is shaping the future of medical research.”
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.”
Sandra is a solicitor with extensive experience in the private sector and in-house. She recently moved to the third sector and is currently the Head of Legal at a large, international charity. Environmental and animal welfare issues have long been close to her heart and she has been actively involved with a leading dog rescue charity.
“I am delighted to join this wonderful charity and to support their valuable work in replacing outdated, cruel and ineffective animal testing with cutting edge technologies and helping make Britain an inspiring world leader in ethical research. Life has changed in so many ways over the last few years – now is the time to seize the moment and make dramatic improvements in pioneering animal free research that benefits people and animals.”
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”.
Dr 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.”
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