Angela Seach
Chairperson

Angela has worked in volunteer-involving organisations since 2002 and currently holds a leadership role within the Organisational Development team at CFA.  She is responsible for leadership development, culture, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Prior to her current role, Angela led the Organisational Wellbeing team within CFA. The team includes over 150 volunteer members as well as paid employees and is responsible for member psychological safety and wellbeing, and behaviour and relationship management.

Following the devastating fires of 2009, Angela led the development and implementation of significant member wellbeing and recovery programs.  Since then, CFA has invested significant resources in building an approach which recognises that the psychological safety of CFA members is paramount to achieving its vision of working together with communities to keep them safe.

With experience in both private and public sector organisations, Angela has worked in health, transport and insurance in generalist Human Resources Management roles as well as specialist roles including trauma response, OHS and diversity.

Bronwen Clark
Deputy Chairperson

Bronwen Clark is communications professional with 20 years’ experience in marketing, public relations and relationship-building at the international, national and local levels. She has consulted to and worked within a diverse range of industries including all levels of government, agriculture, resources, education, volunteering, health, community services and Indigenous groups.

Bronwen has worked with regional businesses on corporate volunteering and with regional councils to coordinate volunteering during emergency recovery. She has volunteered on the boards of Volunteering Western Victoria and Wimmera Development Association and is currently a Director of Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has undertaken governance training for not-for-profits and has post-graduate qualifications in public relations.

 

Robyn Rose

Robyn Rose is the previous Chair of the Board. Robyn has been a member of the Volunteering Victoria Board since 2008 and was Chair for 7 of those years.

Robyn brings a keen awareness through her own experience and her connection with a range of volunteering organisations of the essential support volunteers provide communities – from children’s sporting competitions to lifesavers patrolling our beaches, those who serve in the areas of disability, aged care and emergency services and everything in between and beyond.

Currently Robyn works at Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria managing the counselling team that work predominately with carers. Previous roles have included staff and volunteer management.

Dallas Beeston

Dallas Beeston has been involved with a number of volunteer and not for profit organisations over many years, including being the independent accountant for the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

Dallas is an FCPA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her journey within the accounting profession includes working her way to being a partner in a large suburban practice prior to starting her own business which she ran for 6 years, before merging into a city fringe firm.

Dallas is an active member of the community and is passionate about being able to contribute the professional and personal skills that she has acquired to the benefit of the wider community. She is currently employed at Independent Disability Services, heading up their social enterprise, IDS Bookkeeping, from which all profits contribute to empowering people with a disability to enjoy a career as qualified bookkeepers.

Andrew Coghlan

Andrew brings over 20 years experience in the emergency management sector.  His current role is as National Manager, Emergency Services with Australian Red Cross, overseeing the national Emergency Services function.

Andrew has played a pivotal role in coordinating the Red Cross response to a number of major emergencies and disasters, including Cyclone Larry (2006), the Black Saturday Victorian Bushfires (2009) and Queensland Floods and Cyclone Yasi (2011).

Prior to joining Red Cross, Andrew was the National Recovery Consultant with Emergency Management Australia, providing advice to both State and Federal governments following a range of emergencies and playing a key role in coordinating recovery assistance to Australians impacted by events such as the Boxing Day 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Con O’Brien

Con O’Brien is an experienced management consultant and director and has an extensive background in corporate governance, corporate finance and strategy. He has co-authored several text books on business finance and has consulted to a broad range of companies and agencies in the commercial, not-for-profit and government sectors.

Con has been a director of several companies and organisations, serving in both executive and non-executive roles. He is an experienced Chair at both Board and Committee level and is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Board roles have included Intework Inc. (Chair), Enable Social Enterprises (Chair), Asha Global Development Organisation Ltd (Chair), FilePro Pty Ltd, the West Australian Ballet and the Australian Graduate Management Association Ltd. He has been a member of Volunteering Victoria’s Governance Committee since 2015.

Con holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.