HRA Staff

Helen Marston, Chief Executive Officer

Following a 12 year career in investment banking, Helen pursued a number of projects specific to animal welfare/rights. She was employed by Animals Australia for eight years, during which time she participated in the NHMRC’s public consultation on xenotransplantation, and founded Humane Charities Australia Inc. a project aimed to identify health charities that do not conduct nor support animal-based research.

Helen left Animals Australia in 2004 to produce ‘Animals Matter’ – Australia’s first television program about animal welfare and rights issues. In 2005 she completed the Grad. Certificate in Animal Welfare at Monash University. She currently serves as a Board Director of Animals Australia.

Helen Marston, Chief Executive Officer

Robyn Kirby – HRA Office Manager

Robyn first became aware of the use of animals in experiments over 25 years ago when a toxicology facility, that would use over 100,000 animals, was proposed for Victoria. This major facility (which did not go ahead) highlighted to Robyn the hidden industry that is vivisection (experimentation on live animals). Robyn believes that this outdated method of research has well and truly reached its use by date. Robyn holds a Diploma of Communications from Griffith University and has over 25 years experience in office administration.

Robyn Kirby – HRA Office Manager

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