Professionally, Marcus is a renowned commercial photographer and electronic imaging specialist.
Having trained, graduated and served as a Photographer with the Royal Australian Air Force, Marcus has over 25 years of military and private sector experience.
Marcus is also the Director of the well respected animal rescue organisation Alphadog AnimalArmy incorporated, and established the Organisation in 2003 upon his return from his world first North Pole Solo Ice Dive Expedition.
A qualified military marksman, Marcus holds a specialist tranquiliser firearm chemical immobilisation certification enabling his animal rescue organisation to chemically capture injured domestic animals and wildlife, and taken in for treatment and rehabilitation.
With Marcus’ extensive and diverse military experience, he is often contracted by various agencies for his specialist skills including, imagery intelligence, thermal and intensifier night vision warfare optical assessments, heavy calibre firearms, ballistics, and remote drone imagery reconnaissance.
As a passionate director of a successful animal rescue organisation, a military professional, a successful polar expeditioner, a rural land owner ,and advocate for the animals, Marcus uniquely breaks all the stereotypes associated with animal advocacy, and is a strong, committed, and motivated candidate for the AJP.
Marcus is currently in preparations to undertake another world first Geographic North Pole Expedition in 2015 where the premise of the expedition will be to highlight the plight and relentless myth based persecution of our iconic kangaroos.
Animals have always played an important role in Jess’s life. She shares her home with three well-humored felines and an accident-prone Jack Russell named Bella.
In 1999 Jess commenced working as a veterinary nurse with one of Canberra’s most highly regarded veterinarians who, through his unfailing compassion and empathy towards all animals, proved to be a powerful role model.
Since 2001 Jess has owned and operated a very popular pet boarding business in Canberra.
Jess has always been passionate about horses. Her love of horses has led her to study Natural Horsemanship and Equine Podiotherapy. She is currently involved in the planning stages of opening an equine centre for the rehabilitation of horses with laminitis and other hoof related problems.
Through her experiences with thousands of animals over the years, Jess strongly believes that animals have physical and emotional needs not unlike humans. She believes the needs of animals should be considered and respected by government when it makes decisions and policies effecting their lives, and that all animals deserve the right to live a life free from suffering.