Board of Directors


The Volunteering Australia Board as confirmed at the Annual General Meeting held on 30 October 2015: (from back left) David Morrison, Michelle Ewington, Amit Jois, Valerie Hoogstad, Brett Williamson (VA CEO), Ross Wiseman, Jane Hayden, Robyn Rose, Tim Jackson, Peter Lucas and Andrew Coghlan (outgoing Director 2014/15).

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    Tim Jackson

    President and Chairman

    Tim joined the Board of Volunteering Australia in 2012 and became President in 2014. He is also the Chairperson of Volunteering SA&NT after joining the Board in 2007.

    His current involvement in volunteering is with Operation Flinders, an organisation focused on bringing about change for young offenders and youth at risk.

    Tim has worked in Local Government for just under 40 years in a variety of positions in South Australia and Victoria.  He was until recently (June 2015) the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Playford in South Australia. He has served on numerous Boards and Committees over the years, predominantly related to Local Government.

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    Michelle Ewington

    Vice President & Volunteering Tasmania

    Michelle joined the Board of Volunteering Australia in 2013 and was elected as VA Vice-President in May 2015, and with this assumed the role as Chair of VA’s Planning & Strategies Committee.  Michelle has been an active contributor to the Board of Volunteering Tasmania for 8 years.  Michelle is the National Lead – Youth Engagement with Australian Red Cross and has extensive experience in management spanning  both the community service and corporate sectors.


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    Mat Franklin

    Volunteering and Contact ACT

    Mat was elected chair of Volunteering and Contact ACT in 2015 following two years as the President of Contact Canberra. Mat was the executive director of a national engineering firm and had previously worked in technology and general management roles before joining the Public Service where he currently works in a strategy and policy. He is a Harvard Business School Alumnus, holds a Master of Management, a Bachelor of Computer Science and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Additional board seats include an engineering firm, a local technology startup and a pair of US based advisory roles. Mat was appointed to the Board of Volunteering Australia in May 2016.

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    Valerie Hoogstad

    Volunteering New South Wales

    Valerie has over 25 years of experience working in universities, both in academia and as a Director involved with International Education. Currently, Valerie is working part-time at Sydney University and as a consultant in Intercultural Communications. Valerie has a Masters degree in Education and is a Board member at Odyssey House.

    Valerie joined the Centre for Volunteering as a Board Member in 2004. She has been actively involved in all aspects of the Centre, including development of the school, sponsorships and referrals, and is currently the Chair of The Centre for Volunteering New South Wales.

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    Amit Jois

    Independent Director

    Amit was appointed as an independent director in May 2014 following a period of constructive engagement with Volunteering Australia.

    Amit is a lawyer in the Sydney office of a leading international law firm. He represents companies in a wide range of business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures and counsels boards of directors and senior management on corporate governance matters and risk management.

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    Peter Lucas

    Independent Director

    Peter was elected to the Board of Volunteering Australia in 2014. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience.

    He began his professional career in Sydney before moving to Queensland in 1989. Prior to commencing his own practice in 1999 Peter worked in a variety of firms in Brisbane including one of the “Big 4” Accounting Firms and also smaller boutique firms.

    Over the past 30 years Peter has provided significant advice to Directors of Companies and Corporations with financial difficulties, as well as those wanting to improve profitability and meet long-term goals for their businesses and organisations. With his experience in the insolvency field, Peter has developed the insight and skills required to quickly assess businesses requiring professional support and address the elements required for a successful, effective and fast turnaround, while ensuring strong corporate governance.

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    David Morrison

    Volunteering WA

    David is the Chief Executive Officer of Adcorp Australia Ltd, a publically listed leading advertising and marketing agency based across Australia and New Zealand.

    David’s interest and commitment to volunteering began as child with his father dedicating hours of his and the family’s time to two of his passions; tennis and books. Typically the family volunteered to help out with events that focused on these two areas such as the management of local and state tennis tournaments or collecting and selling books at fetes and fairs to raise money for worthy causes.

    David is pleased to be able to continue helping and supporting the community in a more formal sense since becoming a Board member of Volunteering WA in October 2010 and of Volunteering Australia in July 2014. During this time he has been involved in marketing activities and also participated in and was the Chair of a national steering committee comprising, not-for-profit, private sector and Federal Government partners, to oversee the introduction of the new GoVolunteer/SEEK Volunteer, the national volunteer referral and database and management system.

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    Robyn Rose

    Volunteering Victoria

    Robyn is currently the Senior Manager, Enterprise Services with Catholic Care Melbourne.

    Now in her second term as President of Volunteering Victoria, Robyn looks forward to the continuing evolution of the organisation as it adapts to a constantly changing volunteering landscape. She brings a keen awareness through her own experience and connection with a wide range of volunteering organisations.

    With a background in Social Science and Counselling, Robyn has managed volunteers for Queensland AIDS Council and Lifeline Brisbane, while also volunteering as a telephone counsellor with Lifeline Brisbane for 10 years.

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    Ross Wiseman

    Volunteering Queensland

    Ross has lengthy experience in the Queensland community services sector. Early on, in Lifeline he led volunteer training in Toowoomba then served as a Director in Cairns. His career then turned towards community housing/community development, in establishing community-managed housing projects throughout Queensland and a state-wide community-housing infrastructure.

    Later, with a Master’s in Social Welfare Administration & Planning and a Degree in Adult/Vocational Teaching, he has practiced and taught in community development, with a focus on the long term viability/sustainability of small locality-based not-for-profits.

    Presently he chairs the Board of Mangrove Housing Ltd and supports a voluntary outreach service to frail-aged men residing in aged care homes. He has served on the Board of Volunteering Queensland for 7 years and is now in a second stint as Board President of VQ.