Our Team

Erica Martin,
CEO

Erica joined HSI in 2017 after working for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) as the Vice President of Global Communications based in the USA. She has worked with teams in the field delivering hands-on protection for animals as well as in international fora such as CITES and the IWC. Erica also has a wealth of experience in government relations having previously worked for the Australian Federal Government as Director of Communications for the then Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts in Canberra.

Nicola Beynon,
Head of Campaigns

Nicola has 25+ years of experience campaigning in the Australian and international animal protection movements and has spent 18 years with the HSI. She has also worked in the NSW parliament as a policy advisor. Career highlights have been negotiating Australia’s national environment laws in 1999, securing protection for a ‘million acres’ of threatened wildlife habitat, taking the Japanese whalers to court and winning, working on international agreements for albatross and sharks, protecting great white sharks from the global trade in their jaws and fins and championing wildlife protection at many multi-lateral environment meetings.

Evan Quartermain,
Head of Programs

Evan has been with HSI since 2010. A member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, Evan is responsible for HSI’s terrestrial habitat protection and restoration programs including Threatened Ecological Community nominations and private land conservation through the Wildlife Land Trust. He leads our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation support programs and disaster preparedness and response efforts, and advises on wildlife-conflict campaigns for species such as flying-foxes and dingoes.

Kelsey Olson,
Fundraising Manager

Kelsey has worked in the for-purpose sector for more than eight years, previously in strategic marketing and creative production roles in some of Australia’s leading fundraising agencies. She joined HSI in early 2021 and is leading the development team in our mission to grow HSI’s capacity through fundraising and to deepen our engagement with supporters.

Gill Lawrence,
Finance and Governance Manager

Gill joined HSI in early 2020 and is responsible for financial management and governance. Gill has worked in the for-purpose sector as an executive finance and governance professional for over 30 years and brings with her significant experience in the housing, disability, youth and family law sectors. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors. Gill loves being outdoors in nature and is delighted to have the opportunity to use her skills to further the mission at HSI.

Georgie Dolphin,
Animal Welfare Campaigner – Consumer Action

Georgie has been part of the team since 2012. She grew up on a farm in the UK and gained an honours degree in Animal Science at Leeds University. Georgie leads HSI’s campaigns on farm animal welfare, the dog meat trade, animals in entertainment, and the fur trade. Georgie has co-authored two research papers and has been published in an international journal as well as writing a children’s book to raise awareness of dolphins in captivity.

Martine Lappan,
Animal Welfare Law & Policy Campaigner

Martine joined the HSI team in 2022 as our Animal Welfare Law and Policy Campaigner. She holds degrees in law and international studies from the University of Sydney. After studying animal law, she volunteered for several years with animal protection organisations. Prior to joining HSI, Martine worked in three federal government agencies and practised law in the community legal sector.

Lawrence Chlebeck, Marine Biologist & Campaigner

As a marine ecologist specialising in conservation, research and outreach, Lawrence has spent years working to engender sustainable relationships between wildlife, the ocean and the public. He has worked as a field biologist, environmental consultant, naturalist and project coordinator. Lawrence’s work at HSI is currently focused on shark welfare and protection, specifically in regards to culling and control programs, overexploitation, and international protection.

Dr Megan Kessler,
Nature Campaigner

Megan has over 20 years of experience working to protect the Australian environment, primarily with environmental NGOs. Megan joined HSI in 2022 after more than a decade as the Scientific Director at the Environmental Defenders Office, before which she was completing her PhD on tourism impacts on humpback whales off Sydney and in the Kingdom of Tonga. She has published on threatened species and ecological communities, and has worked in both marine and terrestrial conservation. Megan is passionate about ensuring that we have strong environmental laws that work to protect nature.

Louise Boronyak,
Wildlife Campaigner

Louise joined the HSI team in 2022 as wildlife campaigner. She is a doctoral candidate in human-wildlife coexistence with expertise in identifying holistic and compassionate approaches to coexist with wildlife and support local communities. She has over 15 years experience in sustainability research covering topics such as biodiversity conservation, wildlife management, climate change adaptation and natural resources.

Helen Church,
Project Officer

Helen joined HSI in 2017 to manage the Wildlife Land Trust and assist with HSI’s wildlife protection and terrestrial habitat campaigns. She is particularly interested in the conservation of flying-foxes and wombats. Helen is also involved in HSI’s disaster response programs, providing aid to wildlife carers affected by fires and floods. She loves spending time in nature, and is passionate about native species and protecting the wild spaces they call home.

Rhiannon Cunningham,
Communications Manager

Rhiannon has been with HSI since 2015. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW as a solicitor and has a Masters in Environmental Law from The Australian National University. She has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science, with a focus on conservation and sustainability. She has spent most of her working life as an advocate, speaking out for those who need it most, and now uses her skills to educate and inspire action to protect our natural environment.

Sabrina Nizeti,
Social Media & Digital Marketing Coordinator

Sabrina joined the HSI team early 2022 from previously having a career working in NSW state politics. She worked on campaigns, marketing, and events. After wishing to work for HSI since high school and being a long-time animal lover, Sabrina landed her role! Sabrina now combines her love for advocacy and even bigger love for animals every day at the HSI office. She also shares her home with many rescued animals.

Caroline Pattison,
Office Administrator

Caroline joined the HSI team in 2017 after previously having a career in Dental Nursing and Practice Management. As a huge animal lover Caroline jumped at the opportunity to work with HSI. It seemed the perfect fit with her prior skills and being able to implement them in the non-profit sector. Caroline ensures the smooth running of the office. As our Supporter relations Administrator Caroline manages our daily donation processing and supporter enquiries which includes our Gift in Wills program.

Michelle Whitfield,
Administration and Database Manager

Michelle has been with HSI since 2009, over the many years working at HSI Michelle remains adamant that the most enjoyable parts of her role are working with such an amazing, passionate group of colleagues and also our dedicated supporters. As our Database Manager Michelle is responsible for managing the database of record for the organisation, including delivering the data needs across the channels of the fundraising department.

Julieri De Florio,
Fundraising Coordinator

Julieri joined HSI in 2021 to oversee and grow the Animal Defender regular giving program. She is a qualified marketer and has over ten years of experience in the not-for-profit sector in the areas of fundraising, marketing communications, service delivery, supporter relations, community engagement and capacity building. She is passionate about protecting animals and the environment and inspiring others to give animals a voice and help make a positive impact in their lives.

Our Fur Team

Milo,
Tail of Campaigns

Milo loves joining in on HSI staff meetings (even though he falls asleep sometimes), he tries his best not to miss a thing! His best skill is keeping a loving and watchful eye on his Mum, Nicola! He likes to ensure she is always on top of her busy work day. Milo is an independent worker but also works very well with others.

Bobby,
Tail of Programs

Bobby was adopted by his pawrent Evan and has been an important member of the HSI Fur Team for many years now. He knows his way around the office and knows who gives the best pets. Bobby has also become a professional at knowing who will and who won’t share yummy snacks with him. He likes to check in on all of his colleagues throughout the day and make certain everyone is working away (or to see who has left lunch unattended)

Evie, Nap Biologist & More Treats Campaigner

Evie was adopted by her Dad, Lawrence and she now spends her office days soaking up the sun from our meeting room windows. When she isn’t snoozing or asking (demanding) her pawrent for more treats, she likes to inspect the office and ensure all is well. Evie has a special place on Our Fur Team as she is currently the only cat who enjoys office-time.

Archie,
Suppawrter Relations Pawfficer

Archie was adopted this year by his Mum, Caroline! Archie is excellent at his role of being the HSI office greeter to the team in the morning. He sure knows how to ensure everyone has a great start to the day. He loves his long walks on the beach, wonderful toy collection and of course going on his kibble break.

Chasqui,
Fundraising Pawrdinator

Chasqui was adopted by his Mum from a local shelter. It was love at first sight between him and Julieri. Chasqui does a great job of ensuring he gets his morning dose of cuddles and pets from his human colleagues. Chasqui is always last to leave the office and when he isn’t snoozing on the job he is sporting his very fashionable jackets or rain coats.