MANAGEMENT AND STAFF
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, 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.
Caitlin Soennichsen - Social Media and Adoptions
Caitlin is a new member of the Australian Koala Foundation and has brought her abilities in filmmaking and social media to the table. Her role involves documenting the events and achievements of the AKF and spreading adorable koala pictures online to all of AKF’s supporters. She also assists in managing the koala adoptions.
Caitlin is proud to be a part of such meaningful work and hopes to do her part in making a difference.
In her spare time, Caitlin works on and studies films and filmmaking.
Briana Collins - Legal Research
Briana has recently joined the Australian Koala Foundation as a legal researcher. Her role involves conducting research to assist in the implementation of a Koala Protection Act and other laws which could help the plight of the koala and its fragile ecosystem.
Briana’s passion is in using the law as a tool for change, especially in environmental issues. This is why she considers working with the AKF to be a privilege.
Out of office, Briana is a student in law and international relations at the University of Queensland.
Shaun Lyndsay Wilson - Graphic Design
Shaun has recently begun working part-time for AKF as a graphic designer. 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 that we face.
- 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
- Brand Architect: Sam Tabart