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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 – Koala Projects

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 partnerships, 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.

Eva Vidal – Retail and Merchandise

Eva is a Colombian engineer with a Master in sustainable management, environment, and corporate social responsibility. She loves to bring ideas contributing to the development of new projects. Her love for koalas arises from the first day she saw one in Australia in 2019. Her passion for helping to conserve Koalas has led her to join the AKF team in mid-2022, helping with inventory management and running the Brisbane CBD and Online Shop.

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.

Cesar Alvardo Rivera – Finance

Cesar is Colombian, he moved to Australia in 2019. His natural environment is full of plants and light. He loves all animals in general and Australian wildlife in particular. He enjoys long walks, reading, listening to music and as a good old school guy he loves going to the cinema. Cesar is an international accountant with experience in different industries and he has worked with AKF since 2021. He is a BAS Agent and currently applying for his Tax Advisor registration.

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.

Jill Brocklebank – Save the Koala Shop

Jill has been working with AKF for the last few years, assisting with Koala adoptions, and shop orders for the Save the Koala Shop. She loves all kinds of animals; large—like her Great Dane puppy ‘Tessa’—and small, like the Koala.

Retail Shop Manager

The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is seeking a experienced person to work in their Brisbane city Save the Koala Shop from 9am till 4pm 5 days per week. The role requires excellent computer skills including the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and training will be given on the use of Eway and Filemaker for AKF’s donations and databases.

GIS Analyst/Spatial 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:

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:

Key Service Providers

Honorary Appointments

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

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