In October 2021, Victorian Delegates voted in the next State Committee to steer the Victorian branch of the Animal Justice Party through the next two years. They bring a wealth of real-world, political and advocacy experience and should provide confidence to the Party Members that the direction of the Party in Victoria is in great hands.
Bronwyn Currie, Convenor
Based in Boonwurrung Country, Bronwyn has broad experience across her career, working in the Victorian public sector in senior HR consultancy, operated small businesses, held executive committee positions with many local community organisations, supported many animal and environmental groups and championed equal rights for women. She has been the Regional Leader of the South Eastern Metro region, a Party Delegate and has been a candidate for the AJP at each level of government and is now Victorian Lead Senate candidate for the upcoming federal election. Bronwyn is feeling inspired and ready for the challenges as Convenor of the Victorian state Branch of the AJP.
Meg Watkins, Secretary
Based in Wadawurrung Country along the SurfCoast, Meg's passion is animal welfare and, realising the importance of action in the political sphere, she became a member of the AJP as the Membership Coordinator for the Western Victoria region. Since then she has joined the Elections Working Group, become a Delegate, and worked to establish a youth presence in Victoria as the Deputy Chair of the Young AJP Victoria. She is passionate about empowering members to take organised and effective action for animals so if you have any queries or ideas for collaboration, please reach out!
Nat Kopas, Committee Member
Based in Wurundjeri Country, Nat's passion is animal advocacy and has been involved in the 'Ban Duck Shooting' campaign for 19 years. She's not giving up until it's banned! She is the group leader for West Metro and became the State Advocacy Manager earlier this year. She continually aims to find new ways for us to speak up for those who can't speak for themselves.
Ruth Weston, Committee Member
Based in Wadawurrung Country along the SurfCoast, Ruth is passionate about improving the lives of animals through advocacy and the political sphere. She is an AJP delegate, Deputy RGL for Western Victoria, part of the Vic Elections, By-laws & Advocacy Working Groups and the Campaign Manager for banning 1080 poison. In her own time, she is a professional dog trainer using positive reinforcement techniques, co-authoring four books on dog training and behaviour. She is always happy to talk dogs!
Beth Melican, Committee Member
Based in Wurundjeri Country, Beth is a qualified school teacher, group facilitator and workplace trainer and assessor. She has worked extensively in the public and community sectors as a trainer and educator. An active member of AJP since 2014, she is currently a member of VicCom, co-chair of the Victorian Election Working Group and also the AJP National Training Manager.
April Meddick, Committee Member
Based in Wadawurrung Country along the SurfCoast, April is a founding member of the Party in Victoria. She was instrumental in founding and building the Western Regional Group to be the largest in the country. She has held various roles over the years and her fierce advocacy for all animals is the reason for her joining the Victorian Committee.
Georgie Purcell, Committee Member
Based in Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Country, Georgie first joined the Animal Justice Party in 2012 and currently works as Chief of Staff to Andy Meddick in the Victorian Parliament. Georgie is an alumni of Melbourne University's Pathway to Politics Program for Women and Centre for Australian Progress, she is a lawyer and has a background working in communications for progressive campaigns and causes. In her spare time, Georgie volunteers as President for Oscar's Law, and runs a small animal sanctuary in the Macedon Ranges.