Our Board


  • Michelle Ewington


    With a career spanning corporate and not-for profit roles (including volunteer management) Michelle has a depth of leadership experience, stakeholder engagement skills, governance and volunteer sector knowledge.

    A Board Director of Volunteering Tasmania (1998 – 2018) and Volunteering Australia (2013 – 2018, & current chair).

    As National Manager Volunteer Participation at Australian Red Cross, Michelle is responsible for the strategic leadership and delivery of human centred practices to drive process improvement, organisational efficiency and consistency of experience across the country.

    Alongside her current governance positions, Michelle has also been involved as a Volunteer in community, emergency service, sport and environmental programs.

  • Peter Lucas

    Deputy Chair (Interim) & Treasurer

    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.

  • Kit McMahon


    Kit has over two decades worth of senior executive and Board experience.  She has in depth experience of working with and supporting the needs of volunteers and growing the opportunities for Australia to increase its volunteerism. Currently Kit is the CEO for a regional Women’s Health organisation in the South East of Melbourne, and Director of Gender Equity Victoria (the State Peak organisation for gender equity). Other relevant experience includes:

    – As CEO of national volunteer organisation she was responsible for establishing & sustaining the national policies and practices for the Australian movement
    – Advocating to state and federal governments for better outcomes for volunteers and their organisations including funding
    – Designing and implementing two 5 year strategic plans
    – Establishing and coordinating review of constitutions, board skills matrix and governance structures including risk policy and insurance programs

    With qualifications in Arts (Hons), Master of Adult Education, and the AICD Company Directors Course, Kit is an active volunteer herself and currently sits on a range of committees for primary health prevention and community development.

  • Susan Alberti AC

    Susan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career.  Susan developed a passion for medical research when her only child, Danielle, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the 1980s.  Susan is relentless and continues her commitment to raise funds for better prevention, treatment and to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.  This has subsequently led her to focus on medical research more broadly.  Susan serves on several Boards and Committees including; Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Chair, Victoria University Foundation, Chair, Australia Day Committee (Victoria).


    – Graduate of Doctor of Laws honoris causa of Monash University – 2006.
    – Graduate of Doctor honoris causa of Victoria University – 2016.

  • Esme Bowen

    Esme Bowen was elected to the Board of Volunteering Australia in November 2018. She is very involved in her family’s surf retail business and has a background in nursing and disability services. She also has a background in community volunteering and road safety advocacy, which has involved Wheelchair Sports WA, Wheelchair Sports Australia, and the Australian Automobile Association. Esme is currently the Immediate Past President and Councillor of RAC WA. She is also the Chair of the Ministers Carers Advisory Council, a director of Paraplegic Benefit Fund, and the Children’s Hospital Alumni WA. She also serves on the WA Minister’s Volunteer Community Reference Group.

  • Amit Jois

    6Amit 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.

  • Mark Pearce

    Mark Pearce serves as Director, Corporate Partnerships at National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, assisting that peak representative body establish and develop key relationships across the government, civil society and corporate sectors.

    Driven by a strong belief in the power of compassion, Mark applies the skills and expertise he gained over his 27-year financial markets career with JBWere, Macquarie Bank, nab Asset Management to helping organisations which help people. He is a Director and Company Secretary of Dalai Lama in Australia Ltd. which is responsible for visits to Australia by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and was Chairman of ASD Learning Ltd. which established Queensland’s first dedicated school for children with Autism.

  • Tara Waniganayaka

    Tara was elected to the Volunteering Australia Board in November 2018. She has a background in strategy and management consulting, focused on corporate social responsibility, not-for-profits and public policy. Tara recently joined the strategy team at Commonwealth Bank leading a suite of projects stemming from the recent Royal Commission and APRA reports. Her previous roles centred on strategy and transformation, primarily in the health, ageing, human services and central government sectors. Tara currently sits on the boards of Girl Guides Australia and Acquired Brain Injury Services. She has previously served as President on the University of Sydney Union board, and as director of the Stepping Out Program.