Judges

Dr Christopher Baker  BA; Dip Ed; MBA; Grad Cert Philanthropy; PhD; FAICD,Research Fellow, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne.

Christopher joined the Social Investment and Philanthropy research team at Swinburne in January 2010.  His research at CSI Swinburne has ranged across quantitative and qualitative studies focused on private giving (of time, talent and treasure) for public good.  His pre-academic career spaned over 25 years experience in leading people and managing change, during which his roles included Senior Executive at ANZ, and Chair of The Salvation Army Employment Plus.  Christopher is both researcher and participant in the Australian philanthropic sector, where he is currently Chair of the Inner North Community Foundation, and a sub-fund holder.  Christopher played a key role in the Giving Australia 2016 research study into giving and volunteering in Australia commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership.  Partnering in this major research project led by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at QUT, Christopher has been active in collecting comprehensive, contemporary information on giving and volunteering throughout Australia.

Rebecca Miller, Head of Seek Volunteer

Rebecca Miller started her career in the Sponsorship & Events at Basketball Victoria in 1999 before later moving to Hockey Australia, where she used her marketing and sponsorship skills to support the gold medal winning Australian Women’s Hockey Team – the Hockeyroos and their male counterparts the Kookaburra’s.

Moving to the City of Melbourne in 2002, Rebecca worked closely with the Victorian State Government, preparing the city for the impact of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Following the Games, Rebecca worked on a number of strategic projects including the Docklands Community Transition and an Operational and Efficiency Review of the organisation.

Joining NAB in 2008, Rebecca held multiple senior roles in Operations & Capability, Corporate Responsibility and Education before moving into the role of Head of Learning and Development in People & Culture.

Rebecca’s remains passionate about influencing and delivering on the social impact that business can have in society. As such, she is now the Head of SEEK Volunteer – enabling individuals and businesses to make a difference through volunteering in Australia and New Zealand. SEEK Volunteer is connecting volunteers to opportunities in order to grow the impact of volunteering.

Helen Yorston, Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre

Helen is a founding member Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre Inc. a volunteer support service which promotes, facilitates, supports and celebrates volunteering across Central Victoria She has been the centre manager since its inception in June 2002 and facilitates of the Bendigo Volunteer Leaders’ Network (a peer support network for managers, coordinators and leaders of volunteers across central Victoria)

Helen is the Treasurer and longest standing member of Victorian Volunteer Support Network.

Helen was previously the executive assistant at the Bendigo Trust (now Bendigo Heritage Attractions) reflecting her interest in travel and tourism.

Helen is passionate about helping others to reach their potential and believes volunteering is a way of life. She enjoys live theatre, spending time with family and friends, and shares her knowledge and experience by supporting several community organisations with good governance including

  • Current Director and Company Secretary of Interchange Loddon Mallee, member for about 10 years
  • Director and Board Secretary of the Bendigo Heritage Attractions, (10 years)
  • Life member and assistant Treasurer of the Bendigo Easter Fair Society (14 years)
  • Member of Bendigo Easter Festival Advisory Committee (Greater Bendigo Council appointment),
  • Trustee of Bendigo Community Theatre & Arts Public Fund, (over 20 years)
  • Justice of the Peace, since 2004
  • Secretary of the Bendigo Branch of Honorary Justices (10 years), Coordinator Document Witnessing service in the Bendigo Library

Helen was delighted to be part of the judging panel for the Volunteering Victoria State Awards, learning more about the wonderful diverse range of innovative volunteer programs and amazing volunteers we have in Victoria.

Simone Power, Member of the Ministerial Council for Volunteers

Member of the Ministerial Council for Volunteers (MAC) and a community volunteer herself, Simone is passionate about enabling communities to thrive and flourish.

Having worked in the not-for-profit sector for the past 15 years, Simone has held senior roles which has assumed direct responsibility for best practice volunteer recruitment, engagement, management and recognition for organisations such as The Brotherhood of St Laurence, Early Childhood Management Services and currently for Melbourne City Mission.  She also holds a strong background in Communications and Marketing.

Her current volunteer role with the MAC’s ‘Repositioning and Valuing’ Sub Committee, focuses on providing high-level, independent advice to Government, through the Minister for Families and Children, about issues affecting volunteering in Victoria. The MAC also informs a coordinated, whole-of-sector approach to supporting and strengthening the volunteer sector.

Simone  believes that the best way to support volunteers is to acknowledge, empower and enable them to be their best with the right tools and resources.

Con O’Brien, Volunteering Victoria

Con is an experienced management consultant, director and author. He has a background in corporate governance, finance and strategy and has co-authored several text books on these topics. He has been involved in and consulted to numerous organisations in the not-for-profit, commercial and government sectors during his extensive career as a consultant.

He is an experienced Chair at both Board and Committee level and is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Con has been a member of the governance committee of Volunteering Victoria since 2015 and a member of its Board since early 2017.

Con has been a strong supporter of the not-for-profit sector, working with disability service providers, social enterprises, migrant resource groups, community broadcasters, research bodies and cultural organisations to develop strategies and address governance issues.

 

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