The Story Behind Member Jungle

We started Member Jungle as we saw too many people running volunteer-run organisations spending all their time doing paperwork, rather than enjoying their club.

Clubs are about passion for a thing; a motorcycle, a sport, a common interest, but the most passionate people don't have any time left over to enjoy their club. We knew we could develop a system using the latest tools to help these people. To help you.

The Member Jungle membership software system is delivered using tried and tested technology to help make clubs and associations easy to manage, profitable and sustainable for years to come. New features are continually being added to help with the time-consuming and problematic issues faced by committee members. 

Across all areas of our business we are continually focused on providing a sustainable future for our kids. The integrated Member Jungle membership system is hosted by our own 100% green hosting team ensuring our customers 99.99% up-time and unparalleled security.


Michael Barwell - Member Jungle

Michael Barwell

CEO and Founder

Team Management and Herding Cats , High End Database Technology, UX System Design and Development, Knowing what book to recommend

"There is always a better way" - this is one of our core values and is Michael's mantra.  Michael likes to push the team behind Member Jungle to look at better ways of performing business, improving processes and coding like warriors.

Michael's background was in very early, large-scale Oracle database installations that took him around the world.  This experience provided the lever for using database technology to drive websites as they did drive large corporate systems. These ideas formed into our own content driven website systems that leverage the highest quality of software and security available.

Michael is also absolutely passionate about leaving our planet a better place for our children and is the major force behind our zero carbon footprint. His love of renewable energy technology is the force behind our high-use of solar technology and he loves his Tesla electric vehicle far too much.


Jeff Pond - Member Jungle

Jeff Pond

Technical Operations Director

Cloud Architecture & Security, Managed Web Hosting, Technical Support

Sporting a "Movember" stache (which he started a month early), Jeff is our office tech guy that genuinely loves making sure our membership systems are working day and night. Jeff leads our awesome technical support team and is one of the few people who can honestly say they have built from scratch a complete cloud hosting environment. We are proud of all our team members but Jeff's contribution means our web hosting infrastructure is second to none.

In most offices, Jeff would be given credit for his exceptional marathon running but according to Melissa Robertson (our resident ultra-marathon runner and gun developer) who keeps beating his times, he "needs to do more speed work".

A carpenter in a former life, Jeff doesn't just have computer skills but is also handy when it comes to fixing things around the office. While most times he finds these requests way below his exceptional skill level (thought we better butter him up before the next job), he always has a smile on his face and is willing to help, both us and our customers.


Leigh Clover - Member Jungle

Leigh Clover

Director of Membership and Marketing

Digital Marketing, Membership Management Systems, SEO & User Experience Metrics

Leigh is one of the most passionate people you will ever meet and is constantly finding new ways to delight and look after our customers. With many years experience in marketing and online content management systems, she is a great person to speak to and get some great advice and suggestions for your online business.

Leigh is responsible for our marketing, sales and account management teams.  Her excitement and passion (and incredibly fast talking) is contagious to all her team members.

Leigh has been successfully helping lots of paid and volunteer membership coordinators get their time back by planning and moving their membership management systems online. If you want to talk more about how you can stop losing members and wasting money on postage, give her a call today!


Beau Gibson - Member Jungle

Beau Gibson

Development Team Leader

Software Development, Mobile App Design & Development, App Proximity & Location Development

Beau's innovative way of looking at things has been core to the Member Jungle system .  He has been a member of our crew since start up and is one of those people we admire who managed to juggle work and finished their Bachelor of Computer Science at the same time.

Although he hasn't much extra time for recreation over the last few years with uni and work, outside of the office he likes building electronics, playing tennis and, most importantly, playing with his baby daughter.

Beau Gibson - Member Jungle

Renee Krischer

Customer Onboarding and Success

Account and Projects Manager, Technical Support

Renee is our “Sensible Human” and is the perfect interface between the tech team and our customer base. She speaks both languages.

Renee knows Member Jungle inside out and has a passion for miniature horses.

Beau Gibson - Member Jungle

Julie Potts


Accounts and Finance, Reception

All the dollars and cents are controlled by Julie including managing invoicing and payouts to all clubs and making sure the rest of the Member Jungle team (mostly Michael) doesn’t go silly spending money on frivilous things.