Tobi Johnson (Tobi Johnson & Associates) – Keynote & Workshop

Tobi Johnson is the President of Tobi Johnson & Associates, a volunteer management consulting firm whose mission is to help non-profits connect with remarkable volunteers who share a common vision for a better world.

In the spring of 2015, Tobi also launched VolunteerPro, an online networking and learning community for leaders of volunteers. Member benefits include monthly webinars, live chats, a community forum, and access to a robust library of volunteer management tools.

Tobi has over 25 years direct experience in the non-profit sector and is a nationally recognized expert and thought leader in the field of volunteer engagement. In 2014, she chaired the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential Job Analysis Task Force, charged with updating the competency framework for this respected professional designation. In addition, Tobi is a Member of the Pracademics Section of the Association for Research in Non-profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

Tobi is also a primary contributor to Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights for Transforming Volunteer Programs in a Changing World, published by Wiley & Sons in May 2015. She also shares insights and evidence-based strategies to attract, inspire and mobilize top volunteer talent through Tobi’s Volunteer Management Blog and through her online professional development community for leaders of volunteers.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Tobi is a graduate of the University of Washington and has a Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She now lives in East Tennessee with her husband and feline office assistant, Bailey.

Victor Lee and Tracey Middleton (Communiteer) - Plenary

Victor Lee, co-founder of Communiteer, has worked in various direct services and peak bodies in the NFP sector for over a decade. His expertise lies in sector development and service delivery. Victor has been an active volunteer in frontline services and on various Boards for several years.

Tracey Middleton, co-founder of Communiteer, is a management consultant with a passion for human-centred design, innovation, and creating solutions for challenging problems. Background in Engineering, and a Masters of Design, research focused on creating rehabilitative aids for kids with disabilities.

Andy Fryar (Better Impact)

Andy Fryar has more than 30 years experience as a leader in the field of volunteer management. He is the founder of OzVPM, a past President of Volunteering Australia & the National Operations Manager for Better Impact ( ). A co-author of “VM : an essential guide”, he presents regularly around the world on the topic of effective volunteer engagement.

Cassie Morris & Melissa Philbrook (3 Bridges Community)

Cassie Morris is the Volunteering and Inclusion Coordinator for 3Bridges Community. Cassie has over 10 years demonstrated experience working for Government, Peak Bodies and Community organisations on developing policy and projects that support volunteering and community participation. Cassie is passionate about the benefits of volunteering and believes everyone should have the opportunity to participate.

Melissa Philbrook is the Inclusive Volunteering Officer for 3Bridges Community. Melissa has worked for over 16 years for a variety of Government and Community organisations in the children and family and disability sector, including community development work and coordinating a volunteer home visiting project. Melissa enjoys supporting volunteers to get the most out of their experience and engaging people not already involved with traditional services.

Laura Goddard (Leep)

Leep NGO believe the possibilities that digital inclusion and volunteering offer should be available to all, enabling us to imagine tomorrow together. As Deputy CEO, Laura Goddard is a passionate volunteer advocate who, having worked with volunteering communities in Australia and overseas for the past 7 years, is committed to creating inclusive communities.

Dr Kirsten Holmes from Curtain University & Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal from Macquarie Graduate School Of Management

Dr Kirsten Holmes is an Associate Professor in the School of Marketing at Curtin University. She is an internationally-recognised expert in the study of volunteering and has over 20 years’ experience of researching volunteerism in the UK and Australia. Her research has been funded by the Australian Government, the WA State Government, the UK Government and the International Olympic Committee as well as numerous not-for-profit organisations. Her research currently focuses on encouraging non-volunteers into volunteering, event volunteer legacies and rural volunteering.

Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal is an Associate Professor in Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), the Faculty Leader of Corporate Citizenship and the Director of Master of Social Entrepreneurship. As a scholar on corporate social responsibility (CSR), Debbie initiated and led the MGSM CSR Partnership Network, a network of leading Australian and international companies, non-profits and governmental departments aimed at developing and sharing CSR knowledge. Debbie was a consultant for United Nations Volunteers and co-wrote the State of the World Volunteerism Report, launched at the UN General Assembly in December 2011. She has published widely on different aspects of volunteerism and CSR and she has submitted a briefing paper on volunteering and social inclusion to the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She also took part in consulting and writing for the Federal and NSW strategies on volunteering.

Dale Rees-Bevaan from SpeakersBank

Dale Rees-Bevan has been speaking and presenting for over 20 years. She has worked largely for SpeakersBank, a training provider for the education and voluntary sector. Through the SpeakersBank program, Dale has helped many volunteers and staff members to find their voice and consequently feel empowered to advocate for their cause.

Megs Oborne from Albury Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau

Megs is the Trainer for the Albury Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau. Her experience includes over 30 years training, managing and leading community in best practice including certificate and diploma courses. Her qualifications and experience are underpinned by a deep conviction that training is essential to success and she will go the extra mile to support you in your understanding of topics.

Alex Rixon-Booth from I Need Helpers

Alex Rixon-Booth’s strong focus and commitment to the benefits of volunteering has seen him establish I Need Helpers as a platform supporting the tourism and events industry. I Need Helpers has managed the development of volunteer programs for many of our well known events including Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Financial Education Summit ft. Sir Richard Branson, Le Tour de France (L’Etape) and MasterChef Australia Kitchen Tour to name a few. His approach towards volunteering has set benchmarks, formed benchmarks in tourism volunteering and has highlighted a successful model for the attracting, retaining and managing episodic tourism volunteers. The concept of the shared platform sees well over 8,000 active volunteers all signed-up to gain experience through a structured framework, connecting with university courses and contributing to an online volunteer network.

Mark Trevaskis from Newcastle City Council

Mark is the Volunteer Project Officer for Newcastle City Council. His role has been to work in collaboration with Council Staff and Volunteers, to raise awareness in Council as to the National Standards and develop programs to improve service. With more than 20 years’ experience as a Social Worker, Mark has held a number of Senior and Operational roles in the Not for Profit Sector. Mark is an active volunteer with 25+years of service.

Jennifer Crossman from Kids Giving Back

Jennifer Crossman has over 35 years of teaching experience in Government, Catholic and Independent schools, including 20 years of school senior leadership roles. She is passionate about the relationship between student wellbeing and developing authentic volunteering programs, integrating meaningful community service with instruction / reflection to enrich the learning experience and strengthen communities.

Dr Rebekah Grace from Macquarie University & Les Hems from Ernst & Young

Dr Rebekah Grace is a Senior Researcher and the Vice Chancellor’s Innovation Fellow in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University. She leads the Volunteer Family Connect Research Project, a rigorous trial of a best-practice volunteer home visiting program to examine its effectiveness in supporting families of young children.

Mr Les Hems is a Director with Ernst & Young, a Chief Investigator on the VFC Project, and a specialist in applied research to inform transformative solutions that address social challenges. He is a leader in the development of outcome frameworks to measure social impact and social return on investment.