The Centre for Volunteering’s dynamic team of staff, volunteers and sponsors are united in supporting and promoting volunteering – including all forms of community participation – throughout NSW.

Board of Directors

  • Helen Freeland, Chair
  • Valerie Hoogstad, AM Deputy Chair


  • Chester Bendall
  • Terry Brigden
  • Ian Bullus
  • Alan Max
  • Oscar Mussons
  • Nada Nasser
  • Di Robinson

Leadership Team

  • Gemma Rygate, Chief Executive Officer
  • John Ryan, Chief Financial Officer
  • Tamsin Quinn, Director – Deputy CEO
  • Clint Bertenshaw, Director – Sector Development & Engagement
  • Ben Hillier, Director – Policy, Advocacy & Research
  • Rachel Rainbird, Director – Sector & Member Engagement
  • Sarah Smith, Director – Events & Capacity Building
  • Colleen Williams, Director – Education & Training



  • Alice Anderson, Coordinator – Sector Development
  • Charlotte Bosler, Coordinator – Marketing & Communications
  • Millie Cannon, Manager – Events & Capacity Building
  • Sian Lee Dabin – Administrator – Learning & Development
  • Lachlan Jackson, Coordinator – Digital Support Services
  • Jeremy Levartovsky, Network Administrator
  • Diana Piper, Volunteer Management Lead
  • Lyndon Reed, Senior Network Administrator
  • Avril Samuels, Senior Manager – Volunteer Referral & Member Liaison
  • Katie Sheehan, Manager – Contracts
  • Tony Ward, Sector Development Coordinator


As a key player in volunteering advocacy, The Centre is grateful for the valuable contribution of its volunteers, which form an integral part of its workplace and organisation.

Partners and sponsors

The Centre wishes to acknowledge the generous support and contributions of the following organisations and individuals:

Government funders:

NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards principal partners:

Pro-bono and other in-kind support:

Support us

The Centre always welcomes the chance to engage with companies, organisations and individuals who are interested in supporting volunteering and participation.

If you’re interested in partnering with The Centre or joining its team, contact:

Gemma Rygate, CEO
02 9261 3600