Secretariat Coordinators

Danielle Fox – Joint National Coordinator


Danielle and Riley

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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.

Antonio-Carlos Benzano – Joint National Coordinator


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 – New South Wales Coordinator

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Victorian Coordinator – position vacant

Katrina Sharman International Coordinator


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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.

South Australian Coordinator – position vacant

Joana Fuller – Former Chair

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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 Thomson’s 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 – position vacant

Lisa has had a long term interest in the plight of animals and animal welfare generally.  This interest is what initially inspired to her embark on a career in law, with a view to one day practising in the field of animal law.  Lisa currently works as an in-house lawyer at an international services company, and has a largely commercial background.  She believes that through law there is an opportunity to improve on animal welfare standards, and to assist in shaping legislation to move with the community’s animal welfare expectations.

Antonio-Carlos Benzano position vacant

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.

Queensland Coordinator – position vacant

Jennifer Timms – Communications and Administration