HRA Committee

President - Dr Eleonora Gullone

PhD, Psychologist

Dr Gullone, currently an adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University, is a psychologist with an academic background. Her academic career began in 1991. For much of her career, she has actively engaged in research examining human-animal interactions resulting in many published articles, chapters, conference papers and books. She served as a committee member of Animal Liberation Victoria, and later founded and chaired a group within the Australian Psychological Society focused on promoting positive human-animal interactions. In 2014 she began active engagement with the Animal Justice Party (AJP) and ran as an AJP candidate for the seat of Prahran in the Victorian state election. She also stood as an AJP candidate for the seat of Higgins in the 2016 federal election. In February, 2015 she took on the role of campaign coordinator for the AJP campaign to ban greyhound racing and she founded the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds shortly after that time. She believes that we need to adopt compassionate and cruelty free lifestyle choices, for our own sake and that of all of other living beings on this planet.

Cheryl Veitch​

Cheryl worked for an energy company for most of her career in CapeTown, London, Singapore and Melbourne. She completed the Graduate Certificate in Animal Welfare at Monash in 2007 and is a volunteer member of various animal welfare bodies in Australia as well as the Red Cross. She was involved in corporate governance at a government agency in Melbourne before moving to Brisbane in 2011.

Rob Buttrose​​


Rob has an academic background in philosophy and computer science and a long standing interest in the welfare of animals. He has co-authored a number of recent articles on animal experimentation with a particular focus on ethical justification.

Diana Palmer

Treasurer- Diana Palmer

In the early 1990s, Diana became president of Anti Vivisection Union, South Australia, and continued in that role until 2016. During those years she collaborated with HRA as well as with other state, national and international groups on campaigns of public awareness and legal and ethical issues, including the campaign to maintain the moratorium on xeno-transplantation in Australia. These days as an individual member of several groups, she remains committed to working towards the abolition of cruel, wasteful and unscientific animal-based research and testing procedures.

Magda Wozny


Magda has always had an inborn respect and care for animals, the natural environment, and anyone who is vulnerable. Following her passion in helping others, she completed a Diploma in Health Science (Counselling), but now works as a Business Analyst in IT within the Emergency Management sector. She has spent most of her adult life as a vegetarian/vegan, after finding out about the horrors of vivisection in the 90’s. Long term animal activist and advocate, she is a member of many animal protection groups, including Wildlife Victoria, for whom she was a volunteer rescuer for some time. The past 7 years has been spent volunteering her time on the Animal Justice Party Victorian Committee of Management, as well as serving on the National Board of Directors for a term.

A fan of music, she has also sung in a not-for-profit band that contributed to outreach and community fundraisers through the organisation she works for.

Magda currently shares her home with a couple of very elderly cats who have been with her since their kittenhood, and two delightful rats.

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