Danielle Fox – Joint National Coordinator
Danielle has a background in business studies and is currently completing a Diploma in Law through the Legal Profession Admission Board.
She has worked within the legal profession across 2 inner city general law firms in Sydney for a total of over 6 years, in the positions of office manager, secretary and paralegal.
Danielle has always had a passion for animal rights and dedicates her free time to volunteering at animal shelters and with animal rescue.
Dani has skills and networking abilities that enable her to engage corporations to run events in support of multiple animal rescues around Sydney.
Danielle’s devotion and dedication to the humane treatment of animals and their well-being has driven her toward pursuing a career within animal law. Danielle’s ambition is to provide a legal voice for animals both in Australia and around the world.
T: 0427 105 398.
Antonio-Carlos Benzano – Joint National Coordinator
M: 0424 414 480
Antonio has an investment banking background, having worked in financial markets for the past ten years within several leading global investment banks and financial institutions. Antonio holds a Bachelor Degree in Business, Majoring in Finance and International Business, and is currently undergoing a Diploma in Law through the Legal Professional Admission Board.
Antonio is also a member of the NSW Young Lawyers Animal Law Committee and has volunteered with many animal welfare organisations. He is committed to the pursuit of animal rights and welfare both domestically and internationally.
Jennifer Timms – NSW Coordinator
M: 0422 206 987
Katrina Sharman International Coordinator
Katrina Sharman is an experienced commercial, corporate and not-for-profit lawyer.
She is the former Corporate Counsel for Voiceless, the animal protection institute. Prior to assuming that role in 2004, she worked as a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison Lawyers. Formerly Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Animal Rights Committee.
She is also a former member of the Animal Research Review Panel (NSW) and the National Health & Medical Research Council, Animal Welfare Committee.
Katrina has spoken about animal law issues at numerous conferences. She delivered a keynote lecture at the 18th Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and also spoke at the ‘Future of Animal Law Conference’ (Harvard Law School, 2007). Katrina has contributed to numerous publications including ‘Animal Law in Australasia’
(The Federation Press, 2009) and ‘Animal Law in Australia and New Zealand’ (Thomson Reuters, 2010). In 2009, Sharman was included in Australasian Legal Business Magazine’s showcase of top 20 in-house Lawyers. Previously Katrina was shortlisted as Australian Corporate Lawyers Association In-house Lawyer Young Achiever of the Year.
Melissa Knoll– South Australian Coordinator
M: 0431 235 139
Melissa Knoll has been the South Australian Coordinator since 2010. She completed a Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice with Flinders University graduating in 2011 and practiced in the area of Family Law and Commercial Litigation. Melissa is now a Project Manager with the RSPCA South Australia and is the youngest participant to be accepted into the University of Adelaide’s Masters of Business Administration program. After completing a legal internship with Compassion Over Killing in Washington DC Melissa worked as a Judge’s Associate in the Federal Court.
Melissa has worked as a legal researcher for Voiceless, the Animal Protection Institute, and the Animal Legal and Historical Web Centre with Michigan University College of Law. Melissa is also a founding member of the Animal Law Committee with the South Australian Law Society.
Melissa works as a guest lecturer and tutor with The University of Adelaide, teaching primarily in areas of animal and family law.
Melissa has delivered a number of keynote addresses in respect of animal welfare law and people management in not-for-profit. Melissa has published a number of articles on the topic of animal law and management and seeks to bring an end to the institutionalised suffering of Australian farm animals and to continue to highlight the next great social justice movement, Animal Protection.
Joana Fuller – Former Chair
Joana Fuller was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1994 and has been practising as a barrister at Bar Chambers since August 1997. She specialises in traffic law but her general practice is in criminal law and she regularly appears in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Court of South Australia in both the trial and appellate jurisdiction. Joana also appears as counsel for the RSPCA in prosecutions under the Animal Welfare Act 1985 and has appeared as counsel for Animal Liberation in civil and criminal proceedings.
Joana is the Chair of the Animal Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia and has held this position since the inception of the Committee in February 2010. The Animal Law Committee is a specialist Committee established by the Law Society of South Australia to represent the interests of the Society and the profession in legal regulation of the relationships between animals and people and other entities or organisations (“Animal Law”).
- Joana Fuller is:
- – the legal member of the Review Committee established under the Motor Vehicles Act 1959.
- – the author of the Thomsons looseleaf service Motor Vehicle Law South Australia.
- – a member of the RAAF and holds the rank of SQNLDR in the RAAF Specialist Reserve and;
- – has been vegetarian since she was 11 years old and a vegan since 2010.
Western Australian Coordinator
Meg Good – Tasmanian coordinator
Meg Good is a PhD Candidate at the University of Tasmania and Faculty of Law. Upon graduation from a combined arts/law degree with first class honours in law, Meg received an Elite Research Scholarship to undertake a thesis in environmental law.
She has been employed as a sessional lecturer and tutor in a variety of subjects over the past four years, including guest lecturing into the first UTAS ‘Animal Law’ unit offered this year.
In 2013, she won the National Environmental Law Association National Essay Prize, and the Southern Cross Young Achiever Award for Leadership and Innovation. In that year, she also voluntarily created and coordinated Tasmania’s first animal law conference, with the assistance of a significant grant from Voiceless, the animal protection institute.
Recently, she was appointed to the Editorial Advisory Panel for the Australian Animal Protection Law Journal, and has spoken at a number of national and local animal protection events (including the Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series, and the Animal Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference).
Deborah Brackenreg – Northern Territory Coordinator
Deborah Brackenreg is a solicitor admitted in the NT in 2007. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics and psychology from University QLD. Deborah has been on the RSPCA Darwin Committee and set up the cruelty inspectorate in NT, acted as an NT government gazetted cruelty inspector after training with RSPCA QLD.
She has been a member of the Charles Darwin University Animal Ethics Committee for the past 5 years. As part of her role she inspects cattle properties and other research projects/places in fisheries; cattle production and wildlife research.
She was trained in cattle loading for overseas export by AQIS and was part of QLD RSPCA biggest seizure of animals in 1996.
In her career, she has been a family violence and child protection solicitor that traveled with the bush circuit into remote NT Communities for court and would prepare court documents under a tree.
More recently she has been on a contract with the NT Department of Health as a Public Guardian where she makes decisions for clients who are legally unable to. She has been a builder for the past 6 months on a renovation for some Burmese friends but is getting ready to re-enter paid employment. She is passionate about all and any animals/wildlife and excited about the new opportunities we are about to embark on with BAWP.
Krissy Macintosh – Australian Capital Territory Coordinator
Krissy’s passion for animals has been with her as long as she can remember but began to devote time to animal advocacy in Queensland where she did a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of International Relations at Bond University.
Trying to find a way to use the skills she had learned throughout her courses to help those who couldn’t speak for themselves, she took up Animal Law and has never looked back, leading an ethical lifestyle from then on and adopting her first dog, Molly, in 2011. Krissy is passionate about fighting for better conditions for farm animals and tougher penalties for animal cruelty.
Katrina Kluss – Queensland Coordinator
Katrina is a barrister practising in Queensland, primarily in the areas of insurance and administrative law. She holds degrees in Law (with honours) and Psychological Science, and is presently completing her PhD in law at the University of Queensland on a part-time basis. Prior to being called to the Bar, Katrina practised as a solicitor in the private and public sectors. In 2014, she completed an internship as an Animal Law and Policy Intern with an international organisation in Brussels, Belgium where she was involved in working groups for the European Parliament in relation to important animal welfare issues relevant to the European Union.
In addition to her role with the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel, Katrina volunteers as counsel with the Animal Law Institute, and provides pro bono services to the Bar Association of Queensland’s Migration Law panel and the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House. She is a member of the Bar Association of Queensland, the Australian Insurance Law Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland and the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy.
Anna Thwaites – Victorian Coordinator
M: 0411 583 294
Anna Thwaites is a final year JD student at the University of Melbourne. She completed her BA with honours in 2012, focusing her honours thesis on visual culture and animal advocacy. Anna is a co-founder of the University of Melbourne based student group the Animal Law Collective and plans to pursue a career in animal law upon completion of her studies.
Katie Valenta – Victorian Coordinator
M: 0424 91 6638
Katie Valenta graduated from the University of Queensland in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and is currently completing the final year of her Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne.
She is a co-founder of the Animal Law Collective at the University of Melbourne, a non-profit organisation which is committed to the improvement of animal welfare through legal education and legislative reform. In 2014, Katie competed in the inaugural Animal Law Moot at Bond University.
Jennifer Timms – Communications Coordinator