The People Involved

National Board

Barry Scott OAM (Founder)

Lorraine O'Keefe

Robert Gleeson

Andrew Timbs

David Bruce

David Grant

Fantastic Staff

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.

Emma Girvan - Public Relations

Emma began her career with AKF in early 2020. She works in public relations and is passionate about applying her skills to such a worthwhile cause. Emma loves the fact that at AKF, every day is different and brings new and exciting challenges. Emma is also completing a Bachelor of Communication and Journalism.

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.

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.

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.

Anna Więckowska – SEO & Social Media

Anna, originally from Poland, began working for AKF in 2018, managing our social media accounts and improving our online visibility. It has always been her dream to work towards protecting the Koala and she decided to go to Australia, where her paths crossed with the AKF. She completed a Masters in Communication Management and she loves that she can use the skills gained in previous professional experience to help protect the environment and particularly, the Koala.

Liam Maloney - Data Processing

Liam started with the AKF in 2020 and works in processing our donations. He has completed a Bachelor of IT majoring in Computer Science. Liam loves the fact that while working at AKF he is using his skills for a great cause; to save the Koala.

GIS Analyst/Spacial Scientist

As part of the mapping team you will assist in updating the Koala Habitat Atlas (KHA), a Koala habitat map which covers the geographic range of the Koala in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria, a total of 1.5 million square kilometres. Additional opportunities in habitat analysis and fieldwork depending on AKF’s current strategic objectives will occur from time to time. If you are passionate about the environment and Koalas and want to commit to a career in conservation this is indeed a unique opportunity and potential long-term position. Email: [email protected]

Volunteer position

We are currently looking for a volunteer skilled in Heritage Conservation. If this is something you are interested in please get in touch. Email: [email protected]

Key Service Providers

Honorary Appointments

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