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Board of Directors 


Madeleine Faught (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 outcomes. 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 - Director

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 environment.

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 future generations.”

Tony Gilding - Director

Byron Hinterland tourism operator Tony Gilding brings a swag of experiences to the Rainforest Rescue team: Ex-CEO of an ASX-listed gift company, social campaigner and Palm Oil activist, President of the Borneo Orangutan Survival, a founding member of the UN-sponsored Great Ape Survival Project, and years as a Director with Ecos Corporation.

Julian Gray (BSc, MA & MCIM) – Secretary, Director

Julian is CEO of Rainforest Rescue and a committed environmentalist with extensive leadership and management experience in the sustainability sector. He was previously CEO of Smart Watermark, an international water conservation program based in Sydney. Before moving to Australia Julian championed Protected Landscapes in Europe and for the past 25 years campaigned on a range of issues concerned with reducing the disconnect between modern living and conservation. Julian is an Advocate for 20:20:20 Vision, campaigning for 20% more urban greenspace by 2020.

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 north-east NSW.

Frank Volckmar (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 Australia.

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 the Daintree.

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