Our trustees

Claire Cunniffe (Chair)

Claire is an experienced voluntary sector leader with skills and experience in organisational strategy and development, people management and fundraising.  She has worked in the voluntary sector for 16 years for a mixture of arts, environmental and health charities and is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association.  Claire has long been a supporter of Animal Free Research UK and has been a Trustee for 5 years.  She has recently taken on the role of Chair having been Vice Chair for just over a year.

“I am a Trustee because I want to help put an end to the suffering of non-human animals in the name of medical research.”

Laura-Jane Sheridan MInstF (Vice 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 ten years, both in Scotland and the south east. 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 of Animal Free Research UK 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, in a variety of capacities, 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.”


Kit has been a consultant physician for over 25 years and is passionate about practising medicine based on robust evidence. He is an ardent animal-lover and has been actively engaged with dog rescue and re-homing (especially greyhounds & lurchers!).

“I want the best, most robust science for my patients, and to avoid distress or harm to sentient animals.”

Natalie Barbosa

Natalie is a solicitor and works full time advising a large UK charity. Natalie brings a wealth of legal experience to her role as Trustee.

A vegetarian for over ten years and committed animal rights supporter, Natalie has been a Trustee with Animal Free Research UK since 2014.

Amanda Ellison PhD

Amanda Ellison is a neuroscientist who has been in the field for 20 years. She is passionate about replacing animals in science because animal models are not relevant to modern scientific discoveries about humans, nor should they be necessary.

“We help the scientific community find a way to do better human relevant work without using animals.”

Fern Clark

Fern has worked in the charity sector for a number of years for a variety of organisations. This is the first time Fern has sat on a board trustees and she finds herself learning new things about the incredible work the charity, its supporters and volunteers do every single day. Fern is really proud of the work Animal Free Reseach does and is honoured to be a part of it.

“I’m a trustee because it is an honour to be a part of an organisation that plays a leading role in funding animal free research.”

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