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AFD's team

AFD deeply values the trust placed in us by our donors. We, the AFD team, are here to ensure that AFD upholds the highest standards of governance and transparency. We are acutely aware that you, our donors, have entrusted your monies with us, and we will endeavour to use every cent in the most efficient way possible to achieve AFD's mission. We're delighted to introduce ourselves…

Sarah Lucas CEO

Sarah Lucas

In 2012, Sarah made a life-altering trip to Japan to volunteer as a monitor of the dolphin hunts in Taiji. This prompted her to create Action for Dolphins with the mission of ending dolphin hunting globally.

Sarah is also the Head of Strategy & Communications at Mosa Meat, a company working to bring “cultured meat” (real meat made directly from animal cells) to market and reduce farm animal suffering. Sarah is also a director of Lola ya Bonobo, the world’s only bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sarah previously worked at the International Finance Group (an arm of the World Bank) and completed a professional fellowship at the United Nations University in New York. Sarah has a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Jordan Sosnowski Advocacy Director

Jordan Sosnowski

Jordan graduated from Monash University with a Master of Laws, Juris Doctor. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, majoring in Philosophy and English Literature. Jordan was admitted as a lawyer in NSW in 2013 and is an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Jordan has been involved in organisations such as the Environmental Defender's Office and the Animal Legal & Historical Centre. Jordan is passionate about gaining rights for animals through the legal system and is delighted to be part of the AFD team.

Angie Plummer Media & Communications Manager

Angie Plummer

Angie is passionate about animal welfare and the environment. She is particularly concerned with eco-sustainability and marine conservation, which led her to join AFD.

Angie also works as a prospect researcher and fundraising copywriter for international philanthropy consultancy Global Philanthropic. In 2014 she completed a media internship at the office of the federal member for Melbourne, and provided logistical support during the Victorian state election. She has an honours degree in creative writing and is currently completing a masters in global media and communication at the University of Melbourne.

Hannah Tait Public Engagement Officer

Hannah Tait

Hannah is delighted to be working with AFD's stakeholders in Australia as our friendly Public Engagement Officer.

Hannah studied a Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney. Following a year studying in Cuernavaca, Mexico, she is currently completing a Master of Global Media Communications at the University of Melbourne. Hannah is passionate about writing, especially in the pursuit of mobilising people to protect marine life from the effects of over-fishing and climate change, as well as raising awareness about the devastating effects of captivity for cetaceans. Hannah is an advanced scuba diver with a Shark Conservation Specialty, and is thrilled to be working on the protection of dolphins with AFD.

Katie Hunter Operations Assistant

Katie Hunter

Katie is passionate about all things conservation and is delighted to be working with AFD to help with their operations.

Working in conservation has always been a lifelong dream for Katie and she is particularly interested in marine ecosystems. She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Manchester, as well as a Master’s degree, which focused on conservation genetics within sharks and rays, and extensive experience volunteering with NGOs. Katie is thrilled to be putting her hard earned knowledge and experience to use working to protect dolphins with AFD. Her inner animal geek is delighted.

Kianna Hope Public Engagement Assistant

Kianna Hope

Kianna is passionate about creating a fairer world for all animals and is thrilled to bring her passion and skills together at AFD. Kianna graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

She has since gone on to volunteer extensively in the animal welfare sector, including co-directing an innovative new youth leadership program to empower young people to advocate for animals. She is so excited to be involved in the next steps of AFD and making the world a kinder place for dolphins.

Diana NesicCommunity Engagement Assistant

Diana Nesic

Diana is overjoyed to be interacting with AFD’s array of wonderful followers as the Community Engagement Assistant. Diana has a Bachelor of Business Marketing and Master of Advertising Degree from RMIT University. Her final dissertation focused on the effects of emotional appeals for advertisements in the non-profit sector as a means to produce empathy and create social change. In addition to her concern for animal welfare, Diana is extremely passionate about conservation, human rights and equality. She has been a Co-Convener of the Amnesty International Pop Culture Network since 2016, and dedicates much of her spare time to volunteering with a number of non-profits fighting for these causes.

AFD advisory board

Paula Butler


Paula has held a number of management roles in Finance and Operations throughout her career. These have spanned a range of industries from blue chip professional services through to the not-for-profit sector. Some of these include KPMG, Arthur Anderson, Planet Hollywood, Igloo Zoo and Life Saving Victoria. Paula has also held a lecturing role at Southern Cross University as part of the university’s Masters of Practicing Accountants. Paula holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) and is a Certified Practicing Accountant. With a passion for animal welfare, Paula and her two young daughters have various pets and sponsor a great white shark called Johnny through the Rodney Fox Foundation.

Ross Floate


Ross Floate's concern for dolphins stems in part from the time he spent as a child sailing dinghies and yachts on Victoria's Port Phillip Bay.

As well as founding and running design and communications firm Floate Design Partners, Ross is involved in issues of online privacy and security, and sits as a lay member on the ethics committee of one of Melbourne’s inner-city hospitals. He has a keen interest in and knowledge of social media, and will be advising AFD on maximising its reach on new and emerging platforms and networks.

Ross has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from RMIT University in Melbourne.

Samuel Hayton


Samuel is a Business Analyst for IMG Sports Technology Group, looking for ways to improve the efficiency of sports administration and increase participation and engagement of Australians with sport. He has previously worked in consulting, marketing, finance and accounting. In 2012 Samuel completed an MBA and a Masters of Marketing at Melbourne Business School and Copenhagen Business School. Previous to this he graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce. When he is not working, Samuel is usually travelling to various corners of the globe following his enthusiasm for skiing, often working as a ski instructor. Samuel is particularly interested in issues that involve the environment and animal welfare, and these passions led him to become involved in AFD. Samuel hopes to contribute his expertise in the management of online systems to creating an easy-to-use and engaging online experience for AFD's members.

Nicholas Meadows


Nick has worked closely with AFD since its inception in early 2013. Nick studied a Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) at Swinburne University and a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) at the Queensland University of Technology. He is currently graphic designer for the Melbourne International Film Festival and also works with numerous organisations applying his specialist design expertise within the corporate sector as well as the arts and sciences.

As a graphic designer, photographer and filmmaker, Nick contributes to AFD by generating and overseeing its media content. One special memory inspiring his work with AFD is being joined on a swim one New Year’s Day by a pod of wave-surfing dolphins. Nick is passionate about bringing an end to the dolphin hunts and is a proud member of AFD.

Stephanie Hall

Stephanie Hall

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Master of International Development from Monash University. Her research focuses on how wildlife conservation can play a vital role in sustainable eco-tourism as a form of poverty alleviation.

Stephanie has always been passionate about the ocean, from spending much of her childhood on the Gold Coast, to currently exploring the depths of the sea as an accredited scuba-diver. She currently works as Communication Manager for Monash University's Climate Change Communication Research Hub.




Doolin is AFD’s 22-day-old bundle-of-mischief of a mascot and honorary underwater board member. His attendance at board meetings isn’t great (the papers get a bit soggy), but Doolin brings to AFD a diverse range of skills, including blowing bubbles, catching bubbles and popping bubbles. Beyond bubbles, Doolin is also somewhat of a burgeoning film star. You can check him out in his biopic “Doolin’s Story”, which receives 5 sea stars on Rotten Tomatoes, here.


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