Our Team

Dr Andrew Tribe

Andrew has worked with wildlife for the past 35 years, particularly in the areas of management, welfare and rehabilitation. For 24 years he was Senior Lecturer in Wildlife at the University of Queensland and is internationally recognised for his research and teaching in wildlife welfare, behaviour and management.

 

He has had extensive experience working with captive wildlife and is recognised as an authority on zoos. Dr Tribe was the Senior Veterinarian at Melbourne Zoo from 1985 to 1991, and has recently undertaken research looking at their opportunities, and challenges for the future.

From 2016, Andrew has been Wildlife Manager for the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre near Grandchester in south east Queensland.  This facility hosts the University of Queensland to support conservation initiatives through teaching and applied research.

Dr Megan Brady

Having grown up between a remote, pristine tropical island and a mixed farm in south east Queensland, Dr Brady’s early years of diving unblemished reefs and living agricultural land use change led to a broad appreciation of both ecological complexity and the challenges and opportunities in environmental management. This gave rise to a diversity of scientific roles across the agricultural and environmental sectors. Her love of all things wild eventually led to academia, lecturing in ecology, fire and wildlife management and researching human land use and threatened species.

Since 2016 her role with the Turner Family Foundation has involved ground-up development of the vision and objectives of The Hidden Vale Project, building strategic programs of research, monitoring and ecological restoration to balance land use and conservation.

Ben O'Hara

Ben has more than 20 years of experience in the finance and property industry. He has worked in management and origination roles with local and international institutions that saw him develop skills in project analysis and assessment, investment analysis and execution, relationship management, strategic planning, instigation and ongoing review and business development.

In 2012 Ben began working in the environmental sector as General Manager for the Queensland Trust for Nature where he oversaw the extraction of QTFN from the Queensland state government, engaging with practical work in establishing wildlife corridors, ecological restoration and biodiversity offsets within the QTFN revolving fund. Ben joined Skroo and Jude Turner in 2016 to help establish the Turner Family Foundation. The foundation recently developed the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre which in partnership with the University of Queensland is promoting and conducting research into the captive breeding of Australia’s endangered and vulnerable wildlife. 

 

Other projects include the establishment of the Little Liverpool Range Initiative, a community led wildlife and ecological corridor and the ecological restoration of the Turners three Nature Refuges in south east Queensland. The aim of the Turner Foundation is to provide perpetual stewardship over the Turners properties for the benefit of all.

Karmen Butler

For many years, Karmen's 'office' has involved mountain views from behind handlebars, rainforest hikes and creek walks as a mountain biking and hiking tour guide with Spicers Scenic Rim Trail. Other invaluable experiences include voluntary beach patrols to process nesting marine turtles with the Threatened Species Unit (EHP), as well as various ecological monitoring and restoration work on the Hidden Vale property.

 

Karmen returned to study at the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre for her Honours year research on red foxes in 2018.  Karmen’s role with the Turner Family Foundation has now developed to supervising the tracking, health and data collection of our monitored koala population in the Hidden Vale Koala Project. 

Tom Scott

Tom is the first Ecology Graduate intern in the Turner Family Foundation’s Graduate Employment Program.  Tom’s passion for ecology was instilled in him from UQ Gatton's wildlife science course and completing honours in 2017 in the dynamic Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre, studying small mammal interactions in remnant, regrowth and grazed landscapes. After his Honours year, Tom volunteered at the HVWC whilst working part-time as a vet nurse, getting a mixed experience of wild and domestic critters.  

 

In his current role Tom will be assisting establish fauna and flora monitoring programs to aid property-wide restoration programs, as well as developing research within the Hidden Vale Project’s cornerstone Rufous bettong project in order to develop a model for threatened species restoration and reintroduction programs in Qld.

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