Executive Director, Glenys Oogjes BBSc.
Glenys is one of Australia's most experienced animal advocates. From rural beginnings on a Victorian dairy farm to heading up Australia's most effective animal advocacy group, her interest in animal welfare and work in the field has spanned three decades.
After obtaining a degree in Behavioural Science, Glenys turned her attention to animal protection and has spent much of her career getting animal welfare on the government agenda. She has contributed to numerous national reviews of Codes of Practice and animal welfare laws in each State and Territory. Glenys has also worked to achieve greater protection for animals through representation on various committees including the Victorian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, Institutional Animal Ethics committees, and on the Advisory Committee of the Animal Welfare Science Centre.
Glenys was one of the instigators of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy and represents animal advocacy groups on the new Australian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee which provides animal welfare advice to the Federal and State Agriculture Ministers.
Campaign Director, Lyn White
Formerly a South Australian police officer, Lyn then worked with the Animals Asia Foundation on South East Asia animal cruelty issues before joining Animals Australia in 2003. Lyn has conducted numerous investigations in the Middle East into the treatment of live exported animals. Evidence gathered resulted in a leading live export company being prosecuted for animal cruelty and three 60 Minutes and three 7.30 Report segments highlighting the brutal treatment of exported Australian animals. Lyn's January 2006 investigation in Egypt resulted in the Federal Government suspending the live trade to Egypt. More recently in Jordan Lyn has been assisting H.R.H. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein to achieve significant welfare breakthroughs in the country. In 2011 evidence obtained by Lyn in Indonesia was provided to ABC's Four Corners. The resulting story led to the suspension of the live exports to Indonesia and unprecedented public and political pressure to end the trade. Lyn was a state finalist for the 2012 Australian of the Year awards, and was named 2nd in a list of Victoria's 100 most influential people of 2011 by The Age newspaper.
More information can be seen in Lyn White's biography.
Communications Director, Lisa Chalk
A journalist by trade, Lisa's early career in regional television enabled her to combine her loves of travelling, meeting people and writing. A desire to make a greater contribution led her to the world of Federal politics where as a media adviser to a Cabinet Minister over two elections she gained a valuable insight into the political system and the gentle art of lobbying and political persuasion. Animal welfare was never far from Lisa's mind and it was an Animals Australia live export investigation broadcast on 60 Minutes in 2006 that started her on the road to a career in animal advocacy. After four wonderful years with RSPCA Australia as their Communications Manager and after working closely with Animals Australia on the 2011 Indonesia live export campaign, Lisa's career has come full circle. She was delighted to accept a position with the Animals Australia team where she can focus on campaigning and her great passion of improving the lives of farm animals.
Creative Director, Karen Nilsen
With a background in graphic design and web development, Karen has been working in the field of animal protection for over a decade. A passionate campaigner for change, Karen has assisted several animal organisations, in Australia and the United States. Her work on Animals Australia's Make it Possible campaign was recognised in Cannes with a placement in the finals for the 2013 Film Lions awards.
Community Engagement Manager, Jesse Marks
Jesse has quite a diverse background. He has studied Linguistics and Psychology; taught English as a second language; worked in audio production; and finally left a career as a circus performer to pursue full time advocacy for animals.
Since setting aside the juggling balls and taking up the cause for animals Jesse has interned with PETA; led a team of fundraisers for WSPA; and now works as Animals Australia's Community Engagement Manager.