The Volunteering Australia Board as confirmed at 27th February 2017: (from left) Angela Seach, Peter Lucas, Michelle Ewington, Megan Paull, Adrienne Picone (VA CEO), Valerie Hoogstad, Ross Morgan, Tim Jackson, Amit Jois and Mat Franklin.
President and Chairman
Tim joined the Board in 2012 and was elected President in 2014 after serving as Vice President and Treasurer.
He is Chair of Volunteering SA/NT, a position he has held since 2011. He was first elected to the Board in 2007.
Tim is the Chair of the Board of Lighthouse Disability, an Adelaide based provider of disability services, a Director of Junction Australia, an Adelaide based provider of community services and affordable and community housing and AFFlIP, a provider of educational and nutritional services in the Phillipines.
Tim has served on numerous government and non government Boards, Inquiries and Committees at a local, national and state level.
He founded the Playford Chapter of Operations Flinders which is an organisation focused on bringing about change for young offenders and youth at risk.
Tim’s paid career was in Local Government in South Australia and Victoria. His most recent role was as CEO of the City of Playford, a position he held for eighteen years.
During his time at Playford he encouraged the provision of opportunities for volunteers to become part of the Playford workforce. When he left, the majority (550) of the Playford workforce of 1000 people were volunteers.
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.
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 as a senior executive with the National Disability Insurance Agency.
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 and a fintech advisory role. Mat was appointed to the Board of Volunteering Australia in May 2016.
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 is the author of 16 textbooks related to literacy and business communications.
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, sponsorship’s and referrals, and is currently the Chair of The Centre for Volunteering New South Wales.
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.
Jamie is a public policy, government relations, stakeholder engagement and media professional with more than 20 years’ experience across corporate Australia, consulting, the federal bureaucracy and as a political adviser at state and federal levels.
A former political and media adviser to Julia Gillard, he is currently deputy head of government relations for Telstra and has particular expertise in heavily regulated industries such as telecommunications and health.
He holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a BA Hons from the ANU.
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.
Megan joined the board of Volunteering Australia in 2017, and is also on the board of Volunteering Western Australia.
Megan is a co-founder and director of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability in the School of Business and Governance at Murdoch University in Western Australia.
A long term researcher in the volunteering field, Megan has been a leader and driver of the Volunteering Research Committee at Volunteering WA since its inception in 2001, having been involved in its establishment. Most recently she led a federal government funded project examining university student volunteering: Volunteering to Learn. Megan is also an active volunteer.
Megan’s board experience ranges from local management committees associated with local playgroups when her children were young, through to membership of the board of Volunteer Task Force in Western Australia.
Angela has worked in volunteer involving organisations since 2002 and currently works within the Organisational Development team of the Country Fire Authority in Victoria. She is responsible for leadership development, culture, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Prior to her current role, Angela led the Organisational Wellbeing team within CFA. The team includes over 150 volunteer members as well as paid employees and is responsible for member psychological safety and wellbeing, and behaviour and relationship management. Following the devastating fires of 2009, Angela led the development and implementation of significant member wellbeing and recovery programs.
With experience in both private and public sector organisations, Angela has worked in health, transport and insurance in generalist Human Resources Management roles as well as specialist roles including trauma response service, health & safety, and diversity.
Brett Williamson OAM
Brett joined the VA Board in October 2017, when he was elected as President of Volunteering Queensland. He has extensive and sustained involvement in leadership roles in the not-for-profit and charity sectors for over 40 years. He is a former CEO of Volunteering Australia, Surf Life Saving Australia and Surf Life Saving Queensland.
Brett has been a positive contributor to many state and federal government and industry reference groups, reviews, task forces and special project groups dealing with a broad range of not-for-profit, charity, sport, emergency management and volunteering related issues. Brett has been and remains a very active volunteer.