To contact any of our team members from the list below, please call our Mullumbimby office on 02 6684 4360 or send us an email.
Julian Gray, CEO
Julian is a
committed environmentalist with over 25 years leadership and management experience
in the sustainability sector. He has a strong track record of fundraising for
and implementing conservation programs. Julian previously headed up Smart WaterMark,
a water conservation certification program, set up in Australia during the millennium
drought and now operating internationally. Combining an
education in environmental science and international communication, for the
past 25 years Julian has campaigned on a wide range of conservation issues concerned
with addressing the disconnect between modern life and the natural world.
Joe Reichl, Daintree Land Manager
managed his own horticulture business in the Daintree for more than 26
years, winning an award for Best Environmental Farming Practices. He has
a long-standing knowledge of the delicate ecosystem of the Wet Tropics
and holds a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management. He is
responsible for planning, planting, maintaining and monitoring the
revegetation of Rainforest Rescue’s properties in the Daintree region.
Basil Byrne, Daintree Ranger
Basil is our resident botanist based at the Daintree Community Nursery. She has many years' experience in ecological surveys and vegetation mapping in adition to seed propagation and nursery management. Her role at Rainforest Rescue includes management of the Daintree Nursery - seed collection, species selection, propagation and growing-of trees required for revegetation of the Daintree Rainforest. Basil also coordinates volunteers at the nursery. On top of all this Basil is a qualified graphic designer and muralist and is using her creative skills to engage with the local community with environmental art projects helping celebrate the special nature of the amazing Daintree lowland rainforest.
Kristin Canning, Business Partnerships
Kristin has worked in social change marketing, advertising and as a relationship manager for over 15 years. Kristin's passion for environmental and humanitarian causes was fuelled after holding her end of year university lecture and thesis on the need to introduce environmental impacts product labelling in Australia.
Once starting work with Australia's first 'ethically minded' advertising agency, Kristin worked with Amnesty International, Greenpeace Australia, Red Cross and launched Australia's first Green Power energy product. In New York City Kristin was then involved in executing Johnson and Johnson's historic global carbon emissions reduction campaign, Healthy Planet 2010 and worked with many US based non profits including City Harvest and Conservation International (CI). Kristin also ran the Sydney office of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was the Corporate Relations Manager for Pathways Foundation. Kristin is thrilled to now be a part of the Rainforest Rescue team.
Kaley Morrissey, Donor Care
Kaley comes to Rainforest Rescue from a long history in the not-for-profit sector. With a background in finance and administration, she also has many years experience in event and project management. Kaley has a BA in Law & Society and several industry qualifications.
Kaley is a longtime environmentalist with a passion for nature. One of her favorite quotes is by Prince Charles "I will do everything within my
power to be a protector of nature - full stop!". The best thing about working for Rainforest Rescue is being able to speak with supporters everyday about how they feel and about
what's important to them. When not at Rainforest Rescue Kaley can no doubt be found on a kayak or on a mountain trail.
Emily Silverstone, Daintree Supporters
Emily is our first point of contact with visitors to the Daintree and
local businessess. A qualified tour guide, Emily talks with people about Rainforest Rescue's work at local events and markets. She also works with local businesses to develop partnerships to help protect the local rainforest which in-turn supports their business.
Jason Tickle, Finance
Jason runs local accounts business Bookworthy, holds a BA Financial
Administration from the University of New England, and has over 20 years
experience in the finance and professional services industry
Joose Helle, Research
Joose is our current international intern through the University of Sydney's Study Abroad Program. Joose is undertaking a GIS mapping project with Rainforest Rescue as
part of his MSc in Geoinformatics at the University of Helsinki.
Dr Robert Kooyman, Scientific Adviser
Dr Robert Kooyman has been involved with
protected area and conservation management for over 35 years. His current
research and publishing focus is on the evolutionary ecology, botany, and
paleo-botany of the Australian rainforests, and the relationship between soil
nutrients and the Australian vegetation. He has undertaken studies of the rate
and direction of recovery from disturbance of a number of rainforest ecosystem
types, and participated in collaborative global studies of rainforest species
distributions and forest dynamics. He is a research fellow with Macquarie
University and an honorary research associate with the Royal Botanic Gardens
Allen Sheather, Daintree Ecological Adviser
Long-time champion for the Daintree, Allen Sheather has been involved in the fight to protect the rainforest for many years, including setting up the Daintree Community Nursery and being involved in a range of conservation projects and organisations. He has lived in the area since the early 80's has honed his ecological knowledge of the local rainforest over this time. Allen's ecological knowledge is vital to Rainforest Rescue's identification of vulnerable rainforest to protect and help with our Plant a Rainforest program.
Richard Hughes, Financial Adviser
Richard Hughes is a qualified Tax Agent and provides strategic financial advice to Rainforest Rescue. Richard also has a passion for sustainable farming and when not in the NSW Northern Rivers can be found in the Philippines supporting large-scale organic food production programs