The People Involved

National Board

  • Barry Scott (Founder)

  • David Bruce

  • Andrew Timbs

  • Robert Gleeson

  • David Grant
  • Deborah Tabart OAM
  • Lorraine O'Keefe
  • Aileen Bratton


Deborah Tabart OAM - Chief Executive Officer

Deborah has been leading the AKF as a passionate Koala advocate since 1988. You can read more about our CEO here.


Lorraine O'Keefe 

Lorraine, formerly a full time staff member, works with the AKF as a consultant to manage Board meetings and government requirements.

She first began with us in 1989 as a volunteer, and her love for Koalas and loyalty to the AKF has not waned since.







Dave Mitchell - Landscape Ecologist

Dave has been working with the AKF as a landscape ecologist since 1996. In this vast role he works on our Koala Habitat Atlas, project planning, field site selection, field data selection, data statistical/GIS analyses, map production and report writing, plus offering scientific advice to our CEO.

Mapping is a huge part of the AKF, which Dave really enjoys, along with aerial photo interpretation and our Tree list.

Dave likes the AKF's single focussed approach of ensuring the sustainability of Koalas in the wild, and loves working with the great people involved.


Clare Oldfield - Online and Retail Shops

Clare started with the AKF in early 2014, managing our Save The Koala Shop at 40 Charlotte St in Brisbane, plus managing all online orders and buying or merchandise. She now also manages the Harrold's 'Plant a Tree' program and Adoption program.

Along with meeting all types of people day to day, she loves the fact that every day that she's at the AKF, she's contributing in some way to help save the Koala.

Clare has also completed a Bachelor of Justice majoring in Criminalology and Policing.



Ian Harling - Quinlans 'Jack of all Trades'

Ian, originally from England, works regularly at the AKF's property Quinlans, after starting as a volunteer. Sharing the same vision for the property as Deborah, Ian works closely with AKF staff and volunteers to bring ideas to fruition.

From landscaping to building to plumbing, Ian loves that he's able to put the sustainable and creative ethics that both the AKF and he believe in as part of his working day.

He loves that he's able to help the AKF with it's primary goal: protecting the natural environment that the Koala and other native species so desperately need to survive. 


Aaron Webber


Aaron Webber - Koala Projects

Aaron works for the AKF as a consultant to help manage the day to day running of the office with a particular focus on Koala Projects being undertaken by AKF.

Aaron has always had a passion for protecting the environment and a particular interest in the Koala. He loves that he has the opportunity at AKF to use the skills gained in the corporate world to help save the planet and the Koala.



Shaun Wilson - Design & Strategy

Shaun began working for AKF as a consultant graphic designer in early 2017. He is a graduate of the 'Design Futures' program at Griffith University, and has a strong interest in how design can positively impact the complex social and environmental challenges we face.


Dave Steines


David Staines - GIS Mapping

David has returned to work with the AKF in 2018 as a GIS/Mapping consultant. In the early nineties his role was as a GIS/Mapping Officer in the pilot research project the Joint Regional Koala Habitat Study that evolved into the Koala Habitat Atlas.

With a 40 year history in Cartography, David enjoys the GIS analysis that underlays the Koala's habitat mapping. He also assists in the data statistical/GIS analysis and map production.

Dave likes explaining to people the importance of mapping and how it contributes to ensure the sustainability of Koalas in the wild.

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Communications & Media

Would you like to work at AKF to Save the Koala?
Do you have marketing, public relations and networking skills?
If so, send a cover letter about how your talents can help.
Email: [email protected]

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Volunteer position

We are currently looking for a volunteer to work in our Save the Koala Shop from 9-12. If this is something you are interested in please get in touch. Email: [email protected]



  • Solicitor: Craig Smith
  • Auditors: PKF Hacketts
  • Creative Director: Dick Marks OAM