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 Quartermain has been with the organisation since 2010. A member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, Evan is responsible for HSI’s terrestrial habitat and wildlife protection campaigns and programs, with particular focus on legislative reform, flying-foxes, dingoes, and habitat protection through Threatened Ecological Community and Natural Heritage nominations.

Rosie Lempriere,
Fundraising Manager

Rosie has worked in fundraising for the for-purpose sector for more than 10 years including management roles for disability and international aid charities and as an agency senior account manager for some of Australia’s leading charitable organisations. Her passion for wildlife conservation led her to complete a Master of Environmental Management at University of NSW in 2019 and was awarded the prize for best performance. She joined HSI in early 2020 and is leading the development of its growing individual giving programs. Rosie is also an HSI Wildlife Trust Member and loves spending time in rural NSW watching out for her favourite animal, the wombat!

Alexia Wellbelove,
Senior Program Manager

Alexia joined the organisation in 2009. A zoologist by training with over two decades experience in conservation, her current focus is environmental policy, marine conservation (particularly marine mammal and fisheries bycatch) and wildlife trade. She helped found the Places You Love alliance and serves on a number of state and federal government committees. She has represented Australia as a member of the delegations to both the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

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.

Georgie Dolphin,
Program Manager for Animal Welfare

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.

Rhiannon Cunningham,
Communications Coordinator & Campaigner

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. Her work at HSI is primarily focused on environmental policy, native wildlife protection and animal welfare laws.

Caroline Pattison,
Office Administrator

Michelle Whitfield,
Administration and Database Manager