Our trustees

Laura-Jane SheridanLaura-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.”

Natalie BarbosaNatalie Barbosa (Vice Chair)

Natalie is a senior solicitor at a social purpose law firm and specialises in advising household name charities on charity governance and fundraising matters. Natalie therefore brings a wealth of direct and valuable experience to her role as Trustee. A vegetarian for over fifteen years, now vegan, she is a committed animal rights supporter. She is very active in the environmental field and animal conservation is close to her heart. She has been a Trustee with Animal Free Research UK since 2014 and has been known to bring her rescue dog, Rosie, to the odd Trustee meeting.

“Being on the board of Animal Free Research UK is so important to me. Working for charities per se is very meaningful but working for a charity which seeks to put an end to animal cruelty is even more so. I wish Animal Free Research UK didn’t need to exist and I hope I see the day when it doesn’t.”

Daniel CameronDaniel 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.”


Kit ByattDr Kit Byatt, MBBS FRCP PGCE

Kit was a consultant physician for over 25 years and is passionate about 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.”




Amanda EllisonProfessor Amanda Ellison PhD

Amanda 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.”




Julie JonesJulia Jones

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 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.”




Sandra Honess

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.”







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