Humanimal Trust appoints new trustee

Humanimal Trust, a charity dedicated to the advancement of One Medicine, has appointed Laurie Dennard as its new trustee.

Laurie Dennard, recently appointed trustee of the Humanimal Trust (Photo provided by Humanimal Trust).

“On behalf of all Humanimal Trust trustees, employees, volunteers and supporters, I welcome Laurie Dennard as a trustee,” said Humanimal Trust Board Chairman Roberto La Ragione, BSc ( Hons), MSc, PhD, FRSB. , CBiol, FIBMS, CSci, AECVM, FRCPath, HonAssocRCVS, Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Director of the School of Biosciences at the University of Surrey, in a press release.1

“His professional experience across multiple sectors and his determination to help Humanimal Trust engage and inspire new audiences will be a very welcome addition to the Board, particularly as we approach the Trust’s 10th anniversary,” he said. he adds.

Dennard’s career began at BT, with 15 years in various business roles including Head of Marketing for BT Entertainment and Head of Portfolio Strategy at BT Group. After a career break, she moved into the charitable sector and became a specialist in individual donations and extreme challenge fundraising. A career milestone was managing an expedition to play the highest ever rugby match on Mount Everest, breaking the Guinness World Record, and raising £250,000 (approximately US$300,000) .1

In 2018, she became an independent marketing consultant, advising clients in the charitable, technology and commercial real estate sectors. She combines her consultancy work with her role as a tutor at the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).1

“I am excited to join Humanimal Trust as a trustee and hope that my experience in marketing and fundraising will balance the depth of medical and veterinary expertise on the board,” Dennard said in the release. “The opportunity to support the team to expand awareness of One Medicine and engage professionals and supporters in our work is truly exciting.” »

The association’s work covers 5 areas of activity to make its I-CARE1 mantra:

  • Influence – Bring together everyone who knows and cares about One Medicine to develop a roadmap for change in public policy and the clinical field.
  • Collaboration – Create opportunities to bring together human and veterinary professionals and students to learn from each other by showcasing One Medicine at work.
  • Awareness – More people should be informed and understand the benefits of One Medicine for humans and animals, non-animal alternatives to laboratory models, and how much human and animal medicine can learn from their respective clinical practice.
  • Research – Fund it, encourage it, support it, shout it out – it could benefit humans and animals without resorting to laboratory animal models.
  • Education – Each child discovers the links between humans and animals; about veterinary and human medicine students learning together and from each other; about professionals who continually learn from their peers.

More recently, the Humanimal Trust funded research to support One Medicine which offered eligible researchers the opportunity to pursue small, multidisciplinary projects in the areas of infection control and antimicrobial resistance, oncology, musculoskeletal disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, medical regenerative and potentially other projects supporting One Medicine.2

The references

  1. Humanimal Trust appoints Laurie Dennard as new trustee. Press release. Humanimal Trust. September 26, 2023. Accessed September 26, 2023.
  2. Human Animal Trust to fund research supporting One Medicine. dvm360®. June 14, 2023. Accessed September 26, 2023.


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