Who we are

Understanding Animal Research is a not-for-profit organisation that explains why animals are used in medical and scientific research. We aim to achieve a broad understanding of the humane use of animals in medical, veterinary, scientific and environmental research in the UK. We are funded by our members who include universities, professional societies, industry and charities.


Understanding Animal Research has a small London office. The staff are:

Wendy Jarrett

Wendy Jarrett Chief Executive



Hannah Hobson

Hannah Hobson Communications and Policy Officer



Tom Holder

Tom Holder Head of Campaigns



Agnes Jawara

Agnes Jawara Office Manager



Chris Magee

Chris Magee Head of Policy and Media


  John MeredithJohn Meredith Education Manager



Mia Rozenbaum Science Writer

 Richard ScraseRichard Scrase Head of Online Communication



Liz Danner  Education Officer

Bella Williams

Dr Annabella Williams Head of Engagement


The Council of Understanding Animal Research is equivalent to the Board of Directors. Members of Council sit as individuals, and bring knowledge of the different sectors which the organisation represents. Council members are voted in at AGMs. They are selected for the skills they bring, as well as having an interest in the aims of the organisation.

Professor Jeremy Pearson (Chair)

Paul Sanders (Hon Treasurer)
Ken Applebee
Dr Tony Causey
Claire Cockcroft
Paul Finnemore
Gill Fleetwood
Andrew Gay
Professor Max Headley
Dr Robin Lovell-Badge
Professor Angela Roberts
Professor Sir Nick Wright

History and Structure

Understanding Animal Research was founded at the end of 2008 by bringing together two UK organisations, Research Defence Society and Coalition for Medical Progress. It is a membership organisation with over 110 member organisations and many more individual supporters. Organisational members are drawn from various sectors including academic, pharmaceutical, charities, research funders, professional and learned societies.

Last edited: 27 July 2016 16:21