Board Members and CEO
The role of the Board and its Directors is to ensure the organisation is operating at its optimum. Our work aims to strengthen, connect and empower those we serve and provide effective leadership to represent and promote the power and value of volunteering.
Karen Buenger Chair
Karen has been on the Board since 2009 and previously served as President on the Australasian Association for Managers of Volunteers (AAMoV) board. Karen has over 15 years of experience in many different fields of volunteer management, including Aged Care, Local Government and Health sectors. Karen’s passion for supporting volunteer managers has been a strong vision. She currently works for Better Impact Australia supporting organisations to better manage their volunteers. Karen has an Advanced Diploma in Volunteer Management and holds other management, training and design qualifications.
Joe Capozza FAIM Cp Mgr, Dip Mgt
Joe has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 20 years and currently works for Anglicare SA as Manager, Projects and Strategy | Housing, providing a range of housing options for vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Joe has had responsibility for over 1,150 volunteers as National Volunteer Services Manager for Make-A-Wish Australia which he was appointed after previously being a volunteer himself. Prior to that he was CEO of the Women’s Housing Association, managing homes state-wide for women who experienced domestic violence and Director, Volunteer Service at Flinders Medical Centre.
Sarah Collyer-Braham MApp Sc BSC
Sarah’s career started in higher education, providing her with high level experience in a corporate environment. She has worked in a diverse range of roles including lecturer, project manager and program co-ordinator. Sarah currently works for Hutt Street Centre, managing the volunteer program as well as working on other projects, including their first social enterprise, Beans Talk. Her energy and passion is an asset when working with 210 volunteers each week providing valuable services for the homeless and vulnerable people in Adelaide. Sarah is an avid volunteer herself and regularly contributes to The Smith Family, Time for Kids and OzHarvest. She has been on the Board since 2014.
In her current role as Executive Manager at Scope Global, Kristen brings valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities volunteering brings to communities throughout the world from her exposure to the Australian Government’s Volunteers for International Development (AVID) Program. She has worked in the international development sector for many years as well as holding commercial roles in the human resources and environmental services industries. She also provides consulting services to small, medium and large organisations around their people and business development strategies, focused on business growth and diversification.
Ann-Marie was appointed to the board in 2017 and is a natural leader with a high degree of emotional intelligence. With over 35 years of experience in Banking and Wealth Management at Senior Executive levels with National Australia Bank, Ann-Marie specialises in executive coaching, leadership, customer service and employee engagement. Ann-Marie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Telstra Business Woman's award winner and recipient of a Centenary Medal for Leadership.
Simon’s career has spanned a number of senior leadership roles in financial services both in Australia and SE Asia. His most recent position was as non-executive Chair of a financial services business in Indonesia, following almost 10 years as a successful CEO. Simon is a volunteer business coach and mentor with two other organisations, assisting in the development of young managers and entrepreneurs. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Management together with an MBA from Monash University.
Representing Volunteering NT on the Board, Andrew has lived and worked across the Top End of the Northern Territory for the past 28 years. As an experienced Director of Operations, Andrew has a demonstrated history of working in the government, administration, land management and emergency management fields. Andrew is currently Chief Fire Control Officer, Bushfires NT where he oversees operational capacity and resources as well as managing volunteers. He has an interest in local government, the volunteering sector and community development.
Evelyn is a respected leader with 24 years’ executive experience across corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. Since 2008, she has been CEO for one of the State’s largest not-for-profit peak bodies, leading the volunteering sector in South Australia and the Northern Territory. A passion for community and culture has led Evelyn to the not-for-profit sector after a career spanning many sectors and industries including working overseas for two commercial companies in the United Kingdom and Greece. Evelyn’s current Board and governance appointments include Premier’s Council for Women, Volunteering Strategy for South Australia, Together SA, Flinders University Business School Advisory Board and Motivation SA. She has also been recognised on the SA Women’s Honour Role.
- Aboriginal Reference Group
- Northern Territory
- Strategy, Governance and Advisory
- Finance, Risk and Audit