Corporate Volunteering Event: Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

March 20, 2018 @ 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Monash College, 222 Bourke St, Melbourne

Members: $60; Non-members: $80

Lisa Barrow
T 83278500

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. In this lunchtime event, we explore how employee volunteers are helping to meet our commitment to the SDGs. Whether they are volunteering as an employee, as an informal volunteer in their neighbourhood, or in an international context, how do corporate volunteers support and assist deliver the services to achieve sustainable development?

Light lunch will be provided


Kylee Bates (CEO Ardoch Youth Foundation)

Kylee was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ardoch Youth Foundation in August 2016 following diverse roles in the human services sphere in the not-for-profit, government and commercial sectors.

Kylee’s experience in the not-for-profit sector includes State Director (Vic/SA) for Mission Australia where she managed a diverse portfolio of services, Volunteering Australia where she served as Deputy CEO between 2003 and 2007, and short-term leadership roles with the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Her government sector experience spans a range of policy, program and service delivery roles in the Commonwealth Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Families, Communities and Indigenous Affairs. She also served in the offices of two federal ministers.

In 2014 Kylee was elected as World President (and ‘Chief Volunteer Officer’) of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), a global membership organisation dedicated to promoting, strengthening and celebrating volunteering in all the many ways it occurs throughout the world. She speaks regularly at global events on volunteering.

Between 2014 – 2016, Kylee served as an honorary member of the Australian Red Cross’ Members and Volunteers Board Sub-Committee.

In 2016 Kylee was jointly awarded the Greg Vickery Scholarship by the Australian Red Cross to undertake a study of emerging trends in volunteering and investigate use of technology in mobilizing volunteers, while in 2012 she was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to travel to six countries to examine and report on Employer-led initiatives to increase the workforce participation of people with disabilities.

Kylee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and post-graduate qualifications in both law and non-profit studies.


Paul Bird (CEO, Australian Volunteers International)

Paul has worked in private and social sectors in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, specialising in leading organisations though significant internal and external challenges to adapt and strengthen their ethos, performance and resourcing, often doubling their revenue in the process.

Initially qualifying with Arthur Andersen in the UK, Paul ran the KPMG practice for Gambia and francophone West Africa from 1990-1993, including running a national airline and selling a national bank, before establishing the emergency programme for the Lutheran World Federation in Bosnia and Croatia during the conflict in 1993-1994. Before returning to Australia in 1995, Paul spent 18 months in northern Philippines with a UK engineering company rebuilding the country’s infrastructure as part of a European Union-sponsored earthquake rehabilitation programme.

Over the last twenty years years in Australia, Paul has been the CEO/GM/Director of The Body Shop, Very Special Kids, YSAS and Mission Australia Victoria; COO the Brotherhood of St Laurence; CFO of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service; Head of Program Resourcing, including emergency logistics for World Vision Australia, before joining Australian Volunteers International as CEO in 2015.

Paul has participated in a range of Ministerial, State and Commonwealth Government advisory/expert groups, served on a number of Boards, including currently Forum and Good Cycles, the latter as Chair. Paul was a volunteer team leader at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and in 2006 became a Williamson fellow.

Over this time and in many countries, Paul has also developed innovative and enduring collaborations between businesses, governments, NGOs and communities, including five social enterprises (Charcoal Lane restaurant, Urban Renewal landscaping and construction, Greener Futures, Pathways to Employment and Ways & Means café); one of Australia’s top ten national campaigns, FebFast; annual Family Day at the Zoo with Zoos Victoria; Indigenous Getting to Work program with Telstra; Taste of Reconciliation dinner with Accor; StarKids program with JetStar; Stitch in Time with Spotlight in Africa; and a world-first e-platform, Youth Drug & Alcohol Advice ( with 32 providers.

Paul is married to Tracey and has three wonderful children, aged 21, 20 and 14.


Jordan Grace, Manager, Corporate Responsibility Strategy, NAB

Jordan Grace currently manages corporate responsibility reporting and performance for National Australia Bank. His role involves managing NAB’s materiality assessment to identify the major economic, environmental, social and governance themes of importance to stakeholders and impacting the business; coordinating responses to external analyses of NAB’s non-financial performance; providing insight within the business to lift performance; and guiding the disclosures made in NAB’s annual integrated report. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland.

Prior to his current role, Jordan managed employee engagement for NAB’s flagship education program, coordinated NAB’s employee volunteering program and held banking roles within the Private Wealth and Retail divisions of NAB.



Victor Lee (Co-Founder, Communiteer)

Victor Lee is a Co-Founder of Communiteer, a social venture with the mission to increase social participation via skill-based volunteering. Victor has implemented and managed volunteering programs within both Corporates and Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIOs). Over the last decade, Victor has managed a variety of not-for-profit organisations to grow their capacity and increase their sustainability through technological innovation. Communiteer is an online community that connects skill-based volunteers with VIOs, and facilitates an environment that allows them to collaborate and contribute back to society.

As both the corporate and community sectors continues to improve their social impact reporting, it is crucial that a framework such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) be adopted to drive consistency among organisations nationally and globally. Furthermore, volunteers are increasingly motivated by and inquisitive about the true impact of their contributions. As such, an increased awareness of the UN SDGs from the general public would also form the foundation of a common language that would have long lasting benefits on volunteer engagement and advocacy efforts.

Communiteer’s platform incorporates the UN SDGs in all aspects of virtual volunteering to increase transparency between volunteering activities and impact. Victor will share the learnings he’s had in introducing the UN SDGs to VIOs and how it has increased engagement with corporate volunteers.

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