Board of Directors
(MSocSc) – Chair, Director
Madeleine is a skilled
social scientist and educator with a long history of securing enhanced outcomes
in community, cultural, and environmental spheres. She has a professional arts
background, has been an environmental campaigner, a community leader and
promoter of community cohesion. She works in environmental consulting with a
focus on linking social and ecological systems to improve conservation
Madeleine has a management history in both institutional and project
management within the Education, Environment and Arts sectors. With her partner
Dr Robert Kooyman, she has been actively involved in rainforest conservation
and native vegetation advocacy for over thirty five years.
Leonie Gale -
After a successful career
in residential interior design and management of top end interior textile
companies, Leonie turned her creative talents to making our world a more
beautiful place to live by protecting and conserving the Australian
Recently retired as the CEO
of the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife after 13 years buying and
protecting our bush and wildlife, Leonie is giving her expertise in
conservation and environmental philanthropy to aid Rainforest Rescue in
protecting our rainforests forever.
“Most of our species live in
rainforests and I want to ensure they are protected forever, for us and for
Tony Gilding -
Tony Gilding is the owner of the Macadamia Castle, a wildlife park and Northern Rivers NSW tourist icon. He is ex-CEO of an ASX-listed gift company, a serial social campaigner and a Palm Oil activist.
Tony is President of Borneo Orangutan Survival, and was founding member of the UN-sponsored Great Ape Survival Project. He brings IT, marketing and finance experience to the board.
Branden Barber – Secretary, Director, CEO
Branden Barber is a lifelong environmentalist. With a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, he cut his teeth with Greenpeace International on the Rainbow Warrior and MV Greenpeace, and then ran the Victorian State Office for Greenpeace Australia in the 90's.
Over the last 25 years he has worked in both the social profit and for profit sectors, from start-ups to S&P 500 companies to NGO's, large and small. In the last decade, Branden has been involved with various environmental organisations as staff or as a consultant, served on the Leadership Teams at both Rainforest Action Network and Amazon Watch, and has sat on several boards - always with a focus on the environment. He's passionate about rainforests, is ardently committed to the natural world, and brings a wealth and breadth of experience to Rainforest Rescue as our CEO.
Sue Higginson - Public Officer, Director
Sue is the Principal
Solicitor at EDO NSW (formally the Environmental Defender’s Office). EDO NSW is
a community legal centre specialising in public interest environment law. Sue
is responsible for their strategic litigation and advice program.
She is an
expert in assisting communities to use the law to protect the environment and
has a particular and keen interest in biodiversity law and working to protect
threatened species. Sue has lectured and taught environmental law at a number
of universities in NSW. Before becoming a lawyer, Sue worked in the environment
movement for a number of years, particularly in forest conservation in
(BESC & MBA) - Director
Frank started his working
career as a consulting engineer and has since spent 20 years in various
software sales, development, and marketing roles in Canada, US, UK and
He is currently the
Managing Director of ReadSoft Australia and is responsible for leading and
managing the growth of ReadSoft in Oceania. His last adventure included
several executive and global roles with Citect in the industrial automation
market. He is driven by creating and working with high performance
teams, focused on delivering exceptional customer value.
Outside of his corporate
responsibilities at ReadSoft, he is enthused by the opportunity to serve on the
Rainforest Rescue Board, as he has a long-held commitment to preserving the
environment, and is particularly interested in protecting the rainforest around