President: Bruce Poon
Bruce is an IT Project Manager who has been involved in animal, environmental and community work most of his adult life. He has been vegetarian or vegan for over 28 years and has worked as a volunteer for Vegetarian Victoria. Bruce has spoken in Victoria, Australia and overseas on the environmental, social, ethical, health and economic impacts of dietary choices and authored a brochure on these topics which has been circulated to over 165,000 people.
He shares the vision of a world where non-human animals are treated with compassion and respect and wants to provide a voice for animals in Australia’s political system.
Vice President: Willow Sloane
Willow lives in Canberra where she works as a human resource professional. She has worked to advance efforts to end the ACT’s kangaroo culling program and has contributed to animal campaigns and initiatives across the past ten years living in Australia.
Willow’s involvement with the Animal Justice Party began in 2013 when she undertook the role of National Campaign Director in the party’s first Federal Election. She brings to the National Committee her professional skills and expertise in the areas of strategic communication and management.
“I have a strong desire to see the interests of animals represented through the political system and believe this is the most effective way through which we can achieve positive, longterm outcomes for animals.”
National Treasurer: Paul Bevan
As National Treasurer of the Animal Justice Party, Paul holds a Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics) and Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management. He is also currently completing his law degree with a focus on Animal Law.
Paul has extensive experience in the banking industry and is currently a director of multiple companies within the financial services sector. He is also a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia and the Credit and Investments Ombudsman.
Paul has shared a lifelong affinity with animals and has adhered to a Vegan lifestyle for several years now. Any spare time he has is spent visiting animal sanctuaries both here and abroad, volunteering his time and connecting with the animals.
Paul firmly believes law reform and change through the parliamentary system is the most effective way to protect animal rights and to finally provide a “voice for the voiceless”.
National Secretary: Carol Bellenger
Carol holds post-graduate qualifications in psychology and criminology and has worked in counselling to develop clients’ empathy towards all sentient creatures. This included working with offenders charged with animal cruelty-related offences. She is also a professional learning and development specialist working within human services and not-for-profit organisations, charities and advocacy groups.
Carol holds project management qualifications and has worked for state and federal government. She has extensive experience in workplace training, change management, public speaking, event management, chairing government sub-committees, stakeholder liaison, legislation, and working in government policy frameworks.
As a dedicated advocate for the animals she has held office bearer positions with Animal Liberation (ACT); Animal Welfare League NSW, and volunteered overseas for PETA, Animal Liberation NSW, Cruelty Free Festival and other animal related charities.
Geoff has been a committee member of Animal Liberation for many of the past 30 years, and while no longer on the committee, remains a life member of both it and the RSPCA. He ran the South Australian duck rescues during the 1990s and was a member of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee in South Australia in addition to being on two animal experimentation ethics committees. Geoff has been active at all levels of campaigning, but in recent years has concentrated on writing, particularly on the environmental impacts of meat. His primary goal is to find non-vegan audiences; to take them out of their comfort zone by highlighting the fact that any professed concern for the planet is incompatible with a meat centric diet.
“I aim to mix in meat issues with non-meat environmental issues. My 2009 book “CSIRO Perfidy” is not only a critique of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing diet but also a comprehensive analysis of animal agriculture in Australia.
“AJP is an essential part of moving the animal movement from its frequent role as a cozy club for like-minded people into a potent political force.”
Vanessa is a Business Consultant and Internet Marketer from Melbourne. She holds an MBA and runs her own consulting firm, working with a variety of ASX 100 firms on strategic marketing initiatives. She is a long-term vegan of 20 years and lives with her partner Rick, together with 8 cats, a dog, a fish and a parrot – all rescue animals. She is passionate about animal rights, and particularly the issue of personhood for non-human animals. Her view is that all animals deserve bodily liberty, free from human harm.
Vanessa also runs the monthly Vegan Catchup in Melbourne, and is a Board Member of Soi Dog Australia. She joined the Animal Justice Party as Fundraising Manager (Victoria) in 2015 and also serves on the Victorian Committee. She believes that real, positive change for non-human animals requires a political solution to complement the good work being achieved by various animal rights advocacy groups in the community
Angela Pollard is a vegan and an animal protection lawyer with a background in social justice. She has twenty years’ experience in community management, funding, human resources and the governance of incorporated associations. She has been active in advocacy, law reform and community education in the fields of animal protection, women’s, workers and LGBTI rights. Angela is currently employed as Senior Advisor for The Hon Mark Pearson. MLC, Animal Justice Party in the NSW Parliament.