lush prize judges 2013
The 2013 Lush Prize judging panel.
Dr Kelly BéruBé
Dr BéruBé is Director of the Lung and Particle Research Group at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University. With a background in electron microscopy and lung toxicology, she has built an international reputation in the field air pollution and human health and holds numerous appointments in the USA and UK on funding bodies, advisory councils, professional societies and journal editorial boards that focus on environmental health.
Nick Jukes is Co-ordinator of InterNICHE, the International Network for Humane Education. Based in the UK, Nick has been working internationally since the mid-1990s to enhance education and training in the life sciences through curricular transformation and replacement of animal experiments.
Professor Lisbeth E. Knudsen
Lisbeth is professor in Toxicology at the University of Copenhagen. She is a member of Danish Consensus Platform for 3R Alternatives to Animal Experimentation (DACOPA) and received the Nordic Alternative Price 2006 for promoting development of alternatives to animal testing.
Dr. Hajime Kojima
Dr. Kojima is the Director of JaCVAM.: the Japanese Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods. JaCVAM is located in the office of New Testing Method Assessment, Division of Pharmacology, Biological Safety Research Center (BSRC), National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) in Tokyo.
Dr Gill Langley
Gill is a British scientist and writer who specialises in alternatives to animal testing and animal rights. From 1981 until 2009 she was the science director of the Dr Hadwen Trust, a medical research charity.
Dr Gilly Stoddart
Gilly gained her PhD from the Welsh School of Pharmacy in 2002 and has seven years experience working in the R&D industry developing transdermal products. She is now the Science Advisor for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation (PETA) and the PETA International Science Consortium and works with regulators, policymakers, industry and other scientists to reduce the use of animals in experiments, improve their welfare and ultimately eliminate animal experimentation altogether.
Sean O’Callaghan, this year’s Lush customer judge, is a vegan blogger, community organiser, event planner and director of his own vegan PR company, fgv/PR. As a long term vegan, he maintains a dedicated commitment to improving outcomes for non-human animals wherever possible. He can be found at fatgayvegan.com or followed on Twitter via @FatGayVegan.
Troy Seidle is Director of Research & Toxicology for Humane Society International. He manages the AXLR8 (pronounced “accelerate”) project, which aims to hasten the transition toward animal-free approaches to safety testing through internationally coordinated research and development.
Since 1995, Andrew Tyler has been the director of Animal Aid, Europe’s largest animal rights organisation and one of the first in the world. Animal Aid campaigns peacefully against all forms of animal abuse, and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. Its undercover investigations and other evidence are often used prominently by the media. Animal Aid offers a large range of ethical mail order goods and provides teaching resources free of charge to hundreds of schools across the country.
Roxy White, IT/Technical Support Helpdesk Supervisor, Lush North America, has been a Lush customer since 1997 and Lush employee since 2008. She started out as a seasonal Christmas hire and is now is known as Mama Rox to all her shops and co-workers, helping keep technical operations running smoothly.
Some judges from 2012 are unable to join us again this year.
Matilda is a supervisor at Lush Oxford. She has played an active role in the Fighting Animal Testing campaign, most notably dressing as a bunny to hand over the petitions to the European Parliament in Brussels.
Matilda also interns for the Sumatran Orangutan Society and has worked as a volunteer for Wildlife Friends of Thailand. She holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Primate Conservation, with a research focus on captive animal welfare. She conducted behavioural observations in UK zoos in order to identify factors affecting the welfare of captive primates.
Sofia is an activist and Lush customer from Lisbon, who has been an animal activist since 2007. In 2008 she enrolled at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Science where, for the brief period she attended the Biology course, animal tests and vivisection were almost constantly presented to students as a necessary measure.
The insufficient or complete lack of questioning and critical thinking regarding these procedures by the majority of students and teachers, were critical to her understanding of the complexity and depth of the problems non-human animals face today. Pursuing a greater comprehension of the cultural dimension and social perspective to this matter, she attended the Faculty of Arts where she has just finished her degree, holding a BA in Artistic Studies – Comparative Cultures and Arts which took an interdisciplinary approach. She has also developed a yet to be published research essay on non-human animals and language.
Caroline is leader of the Green Party as well as its first MP, representing Brighton Pavilion. She served as an MEP from 1999 until 2010 and as an Oxfordshire councillor previously.
She is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fuel Poverty, as well as Vice Chair of the Animal Welfare, Public and Commercial Services, Sustainable Housing and CND All Party Parliamentary Groups. She is also a member of the Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee.
Caroline continues to be an active campaigner on a range of issues and has been voted the UK’s most ethical politician in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by readers of the Observer. She is also in the Environment Agency’s Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time.