Our people and board

Led by a dynamic board, the team at Volunteering WA is driving the advancement of volunteering through its innovative programs and projects.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers are committed to our values, mission and in supporting each other and our members to achieve the greatest outcomes for the volunteer sector.

Volunteering WA will achieve its goals through a dedicated, professional workforce, highly effective board and excellent business operations.

Tina Williams

Chief Executive Officer

Joining Volunteering WA in April 2016, CEO Tina Williams brings her management and leadership experience in the not for profit sector, in both health and community organisations. Tina’s skills and experience include Marketing & PR, Community Relations, Stakeholder Engagement and Business Development.

Her favorite pastime is teaching her two crazy Jack Russell's new tricks.


Jen Wyness

Executive Manager - Sector Services

As Executive Manager Sector Services, Jen oversees the services team, which includes the areas of membership, research, IT, training and development. She liaises with key stakeholders at a local, state and national level with a particular focus on Volunteering WA's core service delivery.

Jen's Scottish accent throws people so she now also answers to the names Jan, Jane and Janet!

Jen

Traci Gamblin

Executive Manager - Engagement

As Volunteering WA’s Executive Manager Engagement, Traci manages partnerships and sponsorships, marketing/communications, events and Volunteering WA’s leading corporate volunteering program. She is passionate about promoting the many benefits of volunteering, and partners with corporate and other stakeholders to facilitate their volunteering contribution to the community. Traci established Australia's first Corporate Volunteer Council with business leaders in Western Australia.

Outside of work, Traci enjoys spending time with her family (and dog), and playing her beloved soccer.

Traci

Andrea Cole

Executive Manager - Finance & HR

Andrea is our Executive Manager for Finance and HR and joined Volunteering WA in 2018, bringing many years’ experience within the not for profit and commercial sectors. Andrea loves being part of an organisation that is making a difference to people’s lives. Outside of work she enjoys travel and spending time in the garden.
Andrea

Tara Doyle

Executive Manager - Business Operations

Tara oversees and leads special projects that advance and support VWA’s internal and external business system requirements. Working with developers, the VWA IT team and key stakeholders to deliver innovative projects and business solutions.

In her free time Tara enjoys spending quality time with her husband, catching up with friends and spoiling her fur-baby Rolo.

Tara

Meredith Blais

Senior Policy Advisor

With a background in strategy, policy and community engagement, she liaises with government, our members and the community to develop policy that supports the growth and development of the volunteering sector. Outside of work she loves yoga, travelling, time with family and friends and dabbling in her latest love, oil painting.

Meredith

Melanie Baker

Manager Volunteer Management Activity (VMA) Program

Melanie’s role as Manager VMA Program involves liaising with the Volunteering WA Resource Centres to support the operations and growth of volunteering in both metropolitan and regional areas. Outside of work Melanie likes to get to as many exercise classes as possible and she also grows her own vegetables.

Melanie

Cecily Clay

Corporate Volunteering Manager

Cecily overseas our dedicated Corporate Volunteering team offering support to corporate and community organisations and meeting their needs around team based and skills-based volunteering. This role includes working closely with  community member organisations to identify and scope suitable volunteering activities for teams of corporate volunteers such as environmental conservation, gardening, renovation projects, cooking meals, sorting donations, fixing bikes, working with wildlife centres and much more!  

Outside of work, Cecily enjoys swimming, running and playing netball. When she is not exercising you can find her watching TV and online shopping with a glass of wine.

Laura

Holly Hazel

Manager Marketing and Communications

Holly coordinates and manages Volunteering WA’s largest calendar events and communications activities, including the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, International Volunteer Day Garden Party and state-wide marketing campaigns. She is the contact for all marketing and media enquiries. Holly's previous experience is within the volunteer and not-for-profit sectors, specifically supporting WA's vibrant sport and social clubs community, and first aid volunteers. 

When she isn’t working, you can find Holly spending time with family and friends, or exploring the world.

Holly Hazel

Louise Giles

Training & Development Manager 

Louise’s role as Manager Training and Development is to design, deliver and implement training and development programs and resources for volunteer managers. Louise also coordinates volunteer manager meetings, networks and committees to share ideas, increase the skills and knowledge and to create and develop a stronger volunteering sector.

Outside of work, Louise is busy raising a young family and enjoys relaxing at the beach, swimming, socialising with friends and camping.

Louise

Donnelle Curnow

Assistant Accountant

Donnelle recently joined VWA as the Assistant Accountant, supporting the Executive Manager – Finance & HR and other team members. Donnelle enjoys the work/life balance available at VWA and the chance to work for a NFP organisation that has a positive impact in the community, after many years working within finance in the hospitality sector.

Outside of work, Donnelle is busy with her family and enjoys walking, swimming and catching up with friends.


Gloria Jacob

Regional Community Engagement Coordinator

Gloria is based in the Pilbara region and her position covers both the towns of Port Hedland and Newman. As Regional Community Engagement Coordinator her role works closely with community organisations and groups to promote VWA programs in the area, and to identify, plan and deliver projects that enable meaningful engagement with teams of corporate volunteers, resulting in underlying benefit to both parties.


When she is not working, you will likely find her volunteering somewhere or hanging with friends and family indulging in her love of cooking and entertaining.


Jane Mason

Member Services Manager

Jane manages our member services, engagement and development. She is a point of contact for members and other Volunteer Involving Organisations wanting to know if and how Volunteering WA can assist them by drawing on our collective expertise, wide range of services and networks.

Jane is our research champion, undertaking occasional special investigations into emerging issues affecting the sector, coordinating our consultancy services, running the Help Desk for volunteering related queries and supporting the VWA Research Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, learning to play the ukulele and volunteering!

Jane

Robert Solomon

IT Manager

Robert works behind-the-scenes to ensure all electronic systems are operating smoothly and efficiently. He also provides support to community organisations and Volunteer Resource Centres that utilise the VIRA and VIKTOR databases.

Robert is our team office foodie!

Robert

Laura Koh

Casual Consultant

Laura has been part of the Volunteering WA family for many years, taking a couple breaks along the way as her family grew. In previous roles she has assisted Volunteering WA’s sport and recreation clubs and managed our Corporate Volunteering program. She is now looking after the development of an emergency volunteering platform which will enable organisations to connect more quickly with those looking to volunteer in times of emergency.

Laura’s life is full of love and chaos while raising a young family. In the mornings you’ll find her having coffee and in the evening reading a book. She enjoys hitting the beach with her family, going to the gym and trying new recipes.

Rhiana

Rhiana Robbins-Beattie

Services Support Officer

Rhiana provides technical support to the GoVolunteer and SEEK Volunteer helpdesk working alongside the IT team. She also provides support to our Member Services Team for all of our Volunteering WA members. She is the go-to girl for any of our member’s VIKTOR queries such as help in acquiring access to the online platform, help in posting volunteer positions, and any other needs they may have.

Originally from California, Rhiana loves spending time outdoors when possible and traveling back home to see family. In her down time you can catch her and her husband curled up with their three fur babies binging a series.

Rhiana

Alana Cox

Executive Assistant

Alana provides executive support for the CEO, board and senior management team as well as ensuring the office runs smoothly.

Originally from the UK, she has settled in Perth with her family and spends most her time looking after her crazy dog and shuttling her kids around to various activities.

Alana

Amy Johnston

Project Coordinator - Youth

Amy provides assistance with the development and delivery of training materials and online tools for volunteer involving organisations tailored to meet the needs of young people aged 15 to 24. Amy also works with young people to track the key issues of engaging and retaining youth volunteers. She provides support in finding volunteering opportunities to increase their skills as a pathway to job readiness, boost their mental health, wellbeing and build their social connections. 

Amy enjoys travelling and exploring new places as well as spending time with friends, family and fur baby. 


Catherine Kelly

Corporate Events and Skills-based Volunteering Coordinator

Catherine’s role as Corporate Events Coordinator is responsible for coordinating corporate volunteering team days and events, as well as connecting corporate volunteers to community groups for one-on-one skills-based projects. This role takes charge in planning, management and execution of corporate volunteering events, including event logistics and reporting. The role also works closely with VWA’s community member organisations to identify and scope suitable corporate volunteering activities. Catherine’s previous experience is in events and marketing within various member organisations, including the University Club of Western Australia and the Law Institute of Victoria.

In her spare time, you will find Catherine spending time with family and friends, or at the beach with her dog.

Catherine Kelly

Stephanie (Steff) Jacobs

Corporate Events Coordinator

As Corporate Events Coordinator, Stephanie’s main role is to coordinate team-based volunteering days and events for corporate members. The role requires planning, management, and implementation of corporate volunteering events, which involves logistics and reporting. Stephanie works closely with Volunteering WA’s community member organisations to recognise and scope suitable corporate volunteers.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys yoga, walking along the beach and spending time with her friends and family.


Kelly Nunn

Regional Community Engagement Coordinator

Kelly is based in the Pilbara region and her position covers both the towns of Port Hedland and Newman. As Regional Community Engagement Coordinator her role works closely with community organisations and groups to promote Volunteering WA programs in the area, and to identify, plan and deliver projects that enable meaningful engagement with teams of corporate volunteers, resulting in underlying benefit to both parties.

Kelly

Jazmin Ealden

Events and Marketing Coordinator

Bio to follow


Simon Order

Volunteer Management Activity Co-ordinator Metro

Simon's position supports volunteer involving organisations (VIOs) within the Perth metro region. Simon coordinates and delivers services to build the capacity of VIO’s through online support, with some face-to-face visits for community groups wishing to involve people with disability, new migrants, and First Nations people.

Simon is originally from London and has a background in higher education, the UK media industry, community radio research, and electronic music production. In his spare time Simon enjoys running, cycling, and swimming and spending time with his family at the beach.


Desiree Walsh

Volunteer Management Activity Project Coordinator 

Using project-based strategies Desiree’s position works to increase the accessibility of volunteering opportunities for all peoples prioritising First Nations people, people with disability and newly arrived migrants to access, meaningfully participate in active citizenship. Desiree assists a wide range of organisations to implement projects related to inclusive volunteering that will generate equitable opportunities breaking down barriers.

Desiree is experienced in social/community and economic development including the development, implementation, management and acquittal of equity projects.
When arriving home from work Desiree receives much love from her paw patrol, Ralph and Teddy who account for most of the smarts, all the endurance, much energy and the overwhelming friendliness radiating from her home.


Nicola O’brien

Administration Officer

Nicola provides support for general enquiries to Volunteering WA, through managing phone calls, emails and liaising with staff members. Nicola works alongside our sector services team to support the member services, training, events and volunteer management activity teams.  

Nicola spends most of her spare time at the gym and playing netball, however when she’s not lifting weights, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring new restaurants and activities around Perth.

We are very fortunate to involve a number of talented volunteers in our programs. Each brings something special to their role, and we greatly appreciate their help. THANK YOU!

  • Glenda Gallacher – Membership & Administration 
  • Rosemary Van – Administration

David Morrison

CEO & Managing Director NeonLogic
Chair

With over 20 years’ experience in the marketing and advertising field, developing and implementing strategies for clients across a wide range of industries, David will assist Volunteering WA in promoting the cause of volunteering and the benefits it provides to the community and individuals alike. David’s previous involvement with Volunteering WA included sitting as a Director for six years and being appointed the representative on the national Volunteering Australia Board. He plans to contribute to the Board by focusing on business strategies and operations with a view to creating a sustainable and diversified business model along with promoting volunteering through marketing strategy and partnerships development.

“I am a big believer in the positive impact of volunteering and am currently a Director of Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation. I also regularly volunteer with my children’s sporting and school activities. This follows in the footsteps of my parents who were both heavily involved in the community through fundraising and management of community sporting events.”

David

Linda Gimondo

Manager Corporate Affairs Pilbara Minerals
Deputy Chair

Linda is an experienced public affairs and communications leader, specialising in strategy development and execution to build stakeholder relationships and advocacy. She has worked in both the public and private sector with industries including mining and resources, energy, health service delivery and management consulting. She is an active member of the Western Australian business community and has an extensive network across corporate and government.

Linda brings her strong stakeholder management and communications skills, as well as her public sector and government funding experience to the Board. Linda hopes her contribution will enhance the expertise of Volunteering WA to forge new relationships and partnerships and pursue opportunities to grow the organisation.

“I like to think of volunteering as sharing capacity. We are all different. We have different skills, knowledge and experience and by volunteering our time to share these is what contributes to building strong communities.”

Linda holds a Masters in Marketing from Curtin University.

Linda

Libby Hewton

Vice President - Treasury & Insurance, Woodside
Treasurer (Co-opted)

Libby holds a Bachelor of Laws from UWA and has worked in a variety of positions in the legal and financial services industry. In 2014 she joined Woodside Energy Ltd as the Group Insurance Manager and has served as Vice President, Treasury & Insurance since November 2020.

Libby’s skills and experience bring strong commercial and financial risk management to the Volunteering WA Board.

Having been brought up in the Wheatbelt where her parents were very active in all areas of community service, Libby strongly believes in the importance of volunteering to create a sense of belonging and purpose.

Jason

Justine Colyer

CEO Rise
Board Member

Justine has held several senior leadership positions across various organisation in the not for profit, government and private sectors. Her skills and experience lie in the areas of community services, strategic planning; risk, project and change management; governance, policy and advocacy; people management; and stakeholder management and engagement. Justine will provide practical and hands on support in helping strengthen the sector through volunteering for grassroots causes to keep grounded in the reality of organisations which function wholly or mainly on the back of volunteer efforts.

“I believe that volunteers will play an increasingly important role in building a successful community, through the additional services that Not-for-Profits can offer via volunteer run programs, the value that volunteers bring to those they work with through social connection and kindness, and the value of volunteers themselves.”

Justine

Karess Dias

Solicitor State Solicitor's Office
Board Member (Youth Director)

Karess was born and raised in the dry 40-degree heat of Paraburdoo, Western Australia. Growing up she was actively involved in her local community. Karess attended high school in Perth and went on to complete a double degree in Law and Behavioural Science at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle. During university, Karess was involved in the Notre Dame Volunteer Network, mentoring and the Notre Dame Student Law Society.

Karess graduated in 2018 and is currently a solicitor at the State Solicitor’s Office. Karess is also a member of Soroptimist International and is currently President of the Fremantle club. She is also a member of the Young Women's Advisory Group within the national Equality Rights Alliance. In 2019, Karess completed the Emerging Leaders in Governance Program.

Karess

Pat Scally

IT and Business Executive
Board Member

I am an experienced business and IT executive with more than twenty years’ experience across a range of different industries, including public sector, professional services and mining as well as oil and gas.

Over the last seven years I have led IT teams for government agencies ranging from 3 people at the Department of Transport, through to more than 300 staff and contractors at the Department of Communities. Prior to joining the public sector, I worked as a Director within Deloitte’s consulting practice for seven years specializing in IT strategy, IT architecture and business transformation. Before Deloitte I was a technical team leader and IT architect for nine years at Alphawest (now Optus Business Services). Prior to my IT career, I served in the Australian Army for two years full time and a further ten years in the Army Reserve.

During my team in government, I have become increasingly aware of the role of the not for profit sector has in delivering critical services to the people of Western Australia, in particular those that rely on volunteers. This was particularly reinforced when I travelled to the Kimberley region and was able to see the degree of disadvantage, especially in the more remote towns. As I am now transitioning out of the public sector, I feel a need to contribute to the community and believe that a board position such as this will be the best way that I can contribute based upon my skills and experience.

I understand each of the principles of volunteering and am committed to ensure that they are used to guide decisions by myself in this role.

My vision for volunteering is the growth of corporate volunteering programs (including schools and university programs) through improved systems and user experience for the volunteers, administrators of the programs, and those organisations that rely on volunteers to deliver important services to the community. I believe that the growth of these programs will help sustain Volunteering WA and in some way insulate it from fluctuations in government funding.

Pat

Craig Spencer

Regional Manager St John Ambulance Service
Board Member

Craig is currently the Regional Manager Wheatbelt for St John Ambulance Service, leading a team of over 1,000 people of whom the vast majority are volunteer ambulance officers.

Craig has gained experience across diverse environments including retail, banking, telecommunications, not for profit, rural and regional, corporate/professional services, start-up businesses, volunteer emergency services and health services. He was previously a VWA Board member from 2013-2019 and is currently Chair of the Volunteer Community Reference Group- a position he has held since 2018. He has had a long-term commitment to community service, currently holding several board and community representative roles and as an emergency services volunteer for over 17 years in both NSW and WA.

Craig believes the economic, social and cultural value of volunteering is very significant and that volunteering is an important part of the strong social fabric of our society, particularly in Western Australia where the vastness of our state often means that vital community services are delivered by volunteers.

Craig remains a passionate volunteer with a number of organisations.


Vivian Molan

Senior Executive - WA Public Sector
Board Member (Co-opted)

Vivian has worked across the WA public sector for over 15 years in a number of leadership positions, with a focus on embedding cultures of good governance and ongoing improvement using inclusive management and effective change strategies. With her strong background in public sector governance, administration and compliance she is keen to apply these skills in a NFP Board environment.

Throughout her time in the public sector she has seen the benefits that volunteering, particularly corporate volunteering, can make to the community and is keen to offer her skills to further grow this area.

Vivian brings experience in strategic planning; leadership; risk, project and change management; compliance; integrity and governance to the Board.

Pat

Gary Martin

CEO, Australian Institute of Management WA
Board Member (Co-opted)

Emeritus Professor Gary Martin commenced in the role of chief executive and executive director of the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia in 2012. He has overall responsibility for leading all aspects of the Institute's business, which is focused on building leadership, management and workplace capability both in Australia and internationally, and across the corporate, government, not-for-profit and community sector.

Prior to joining AIM WA, Gary held numerous executive appointments at Murdoch University, including the position of Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor. He started his career teacher working in Western Australian government schools as a teacher. Gary is a workplace specialist who focuses on key issues and challenges trending in our workplaces. He is a regular columnist in a variety of publications across Australia and internationally, and is the Education writer for WA’s Business News.

He was board chair of Telethon Speech and Hearing in Perth from 2016 to 2020, and a chair of Study Perth from 2008-2011. He now also sits on the board of the Council for the Ageing, Western Australia (COTA WA).

A Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, Gary is Emeritus Professor of Murdoch University’s Business School and Zhejiang University of Technology in China, and Honorary Professor at Guangdong University of Business Studies, China.

Craig Spencer

Volunteering WA proudly acknowledges the support we receive from our funders, partners and sponsors.

Volunteering WA is also supported in partnership by more than 750 member organisations, a team of wonderful volunteers, by individual members and by corporate members.

As a registered charity Volunteering WA accepts donations and sponsorships, and charges fees for services according to the policies set down by the Board of Directors, and within the Principles of Volunteering set out in the Universal Declaration of Volunteering.

Key Government Partners

  • Department of Communities
  • Department of Social Services
  • Lotterywest

Corporate Volunteering Partners

  • Woodside
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  • Bankwest Foundation
  • Stan Perron

Volunteering Hub Partners

  • City of Joondalup
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Corporate Volunteer Council Executive Committee

  • Bankwest Foundation
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  • Woodside
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IT partners

  • Eduka
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Tertiary Community Engagement Committee Members

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Collaboration Partners

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