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 Member since 2013, Michelle took on the role of Chair in 2018. Michelle was instrumental in guiding VA during the transition to an independent Board of governance.
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.
Dr Michael Drew
Michael E. Drew is the Managing Partner at MGD Private and a Professor of Finance at Griffith University. He is a financial economist specialising in the areas of investment governance, pension plan design, and outcome-oriented investing.
Professor Drew’s research has been published in leading practitioner journals, including the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, the Journal of Portfolio Management, and the Journal of Retirement. With his colleague Dr Adam Walk, Professor Drew co-authored the monograph Investment Governance for Fiduciaries that was released by the CFA Institute Research Foundation in April 2019. He has been invited to make submissions and to testify before numerous committees, including the US Department of Labor and the SEC joint hearing on target-date funds.
Professor Drew serves as a trustee director and member of the Investment Committee at QSuper, a member of the Investment Advisory Board of the Petroleum Fund of Timor-Leste (East Timor), and a trustee (and member of the Finance, Audit, and Risk Committee) of Mary Aikenhead Ministries.
He received his PhD in economics from the University of Queensland, is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst®, and is a Life Member of FINSIA, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Kit McMahon is being put forward by the Volunteering Australia Board to be approved for another (and final term) on the VA Board. Kit was approved by members to join the VA Board in 2018, and since that time, has demonstrated herself fully committed to the Board and vision of VA. Since joining the Board Kit has been appointed as Chair of the Governance Committee, is Company Secretary and recently was part of the sub committees to recruit our new CEO, Mark Pearce, and recruit new Directors to the Board.
In addition to her work with VA, Kit is also Chair of Gender Equity Victoria – the not for profit peak organization for gender equity in Victoria – and Chairs the Strategy Committee for Tradeswomen Australia Foundation, a not for profit seeking to increase the number of women in traditionally male dominated trades.
Kit has over two decades’ worth of senior executive and Board experience. Currently Kit is the CEO for Women’s Health in the South East (a regional women’s health service in southern Melbourne), and her work here focuses on leading teams of primary prevention workers to prevent violence against women, increase gender equity and improve women’s health and wellbeing across Melbourne’s Southern region.
With qualifications in Arts (Hons), Master of Adult Education, an MBA and the AICD Company Directors Course, Kit also sits on a range of committees for primary health prevention and community development in the South East region ranging from the prevention of elder abuse and family violence.
Kerry is an experienced Board Director whose resume includes national and state sporting Boards, a social enterprise Board, and chairing a Finance and Audit Committee. Recently Kerry was elected to the Victorian Divisional Council of CPA Australia on a platform of promoting women in leadership and maximising member engagement.
Kerry has held many senior executive positions in the sporting sector. Through her work and own volunteering, she is intimately familiar with the needs of and issues facing volunteers, and the volunteering infrastructure in Australia.
Kerry possesses a Commerce degree, is a Fellow of CPA Australia and Member of the AICD.
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 the RAC Council WA (2005 – 2012), Wheelchair Sports WA, Wheelchair Sports Australia, and the Australian Automobile Association. Esme is currently the Chair of the Ministers Carers Advisory Council, a director of Paraplegic Benefit Fund, and the Chair of the PMH Ex Trainees Association. She also serves on the WA Minister’s Volunteer Community Reference Group and sits on the Consumer Advisory Council of the RFDS W0 (Royal Flying Doctor Western Operations) .
Amit is a partner at Johnson Winter & Slattery, one of Australia’s leading law firms. He advises companies on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions and counsels boards of directors and senior management on corporate governance matters and risk management. Amit was appointed as an independent director in May 2014.
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
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.
Dr Noman Chorn
Dr Norman Chorn is an Advisory Board Member, Founder and Director with over thirty years of executive and board level experience across public, commercial and not-for profit sectors. Dr Chorn has been an Advisor Board member with the NSW Australian Institute of Management and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), contributing to strategic governance and oversight. Currently, Dr Chorn is the founder and Director of the BrainLink Group and the Centre for Strategy Development, a role that sees Dr Chorn lead the provision of strategic consulting services with a focus on developing future strategy, organisation design and change and strategic leadership. Dr Chorn has a PhD, a Master of Business Administration and is an ambassador for Thought Leaders Global. Dr Chorn has also authored and contributed to several books on strategy and organisation development as well as numerous articles in these areas.