The People Involved


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 statistcal/ GIS analyses, map production and report writing, plus offering scientfic 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. 

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.

When she's not working at the AKF, Clare is studying a Bachelor of Justice.



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. 



Social Media, Adoptions and Legal Research


AKF will be recruiting these positions in early 2018




  • Chairman: Deborah Tabart OAM
  • Director/Secretary: Lorraine O'Keefe
  • Russell Dickens OAM
  • Barry Scott
  • John Woolcock (deceased)
  • Aileen Bratton
  • Andrew Timbs
  • Robert Gleeson


  • Solicitor: Craig Smith
  • Auditors: PKF Lawler
  • Creative Director: Dick Marks