Mark is Director Education, Research and Policy of Volunteering Qld. He has over 20 years experience as an educator and consultant working with a range of voluntary and non-profit organisations and groups. He has particular interest in supporting social innovation and smaller voluntary organisations and groups and their role in creating a strong and vital civil society. He is currently working with a range of young leaders, new organisations and initiatives exploring new models of engagement, leadership and sustainability.
In this role he works with paid staff, boards and volunteers. He facilitates a range of projects and workshops to develop more effective leadership within communities and on boards, to assist organisations and groups work more effectively and to support staff within nonprofit organisations to work at staying well. He has worked with over 5,000 community and non-profit projects over the past five years Mark has a B.Ed. (Adult and Workplace) (1st Class Honours) and is currently completing his Masters in Education (Leadership and Management). He is the Queensland consultant for the Australian Journal of Volunteering. Mark is also on Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies’ (CPNS) Social Enterprise Reference Group. He has previously worked for Community Aid Abroad and Amnesty International.
Recent projects include:
- Co-researcher and writer of Youth Leading Youth, a study on the learnings from youth-led organisations.
- Advisor, research partner and program development service learning, volunteering and student engagement - CQUniversity, QUT, UQ and Griffith University.
- Development and delivery of Leadership in Action, Teams in Action and Community Engagement in Action Modules for the QUT, Business Advantage Program (2003-2012).
- Development and delivery of the Community and Corporate Engagement program at CQUniversity.
Leonie works part-time at Volunteering Qld as an Educator, delivering various training programs as well as being responsible for the development of a range of learning resources for organisations. Her previous experience in education and research ensures that resources developed are innovative and reflect current contemporary volunteering issues. As a presenter, Leonie is passionate and enthusiastic, with an intimate knowledge and understanding of her subjects. Her lively, engaging style ensures that you’re in for an active and informative day.
In addition to education, Leonie has a keen interest in episodic volunteering research and training; and is committed to the pursuit of excellence in the area. She is currently writing several books on the subject and developing tools which will enable organisations to rethink, redesign and evaluate their ways of involving volunteers. Her first self-published book ‘The Quest for EVE’ (2007) is essential reading for anyone involved in volunteering today.
Leonie has Masters of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies), Diploma of Education (Early Childhood), and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is well-respected in her field, with her research being presented and published at both national and international conferences. She has been involved in numerous research projects through QUT encompassing health and medical research philanthropy; and sustainability in nonprofit organisations.
Leonie also works as a consultant to both government and nonprofit sector, providing a range of training, consultancy and research. With a background in teaching and small business; she has two children and is actively involved in a range of volunteering pursuits.
Patricia (Trish) has worked for over 20 years participating in a wide range of environments in both the private and more recently the community sector. These experiences as an employee, manager and volunteer have exposed Trish to a variety of workplace environments and she has enjoyed a wide range of workplace dynamics.
In her role as a Trainer for Volunteering Sunshine Coast, Trish provided both accredited and non-accredited training to members and volunteers. Trish is currently a Trainer and Assessor for Volunteering Qld.
Paula is a part time Trainer Assessor with Volunteering Qld, based at Volunteering North Queensland in Townsville. Paula has over 20 years experience working with the community sector in Queensland and the Northern Territory. For the past 8 years she has been delivering accredited and non-accredited training specifically designed to assist volunteers, managers of volunteers and not-for-profit organisations develop the skills to more effectively and efficiently manage their services.
Tracey is a part time Trainer Assessor with Volunteering Qld – she has had training qualifications since 2005 and has worked in various industries training and assessing clients.
Tracey is married with 3 beautiful children, and enjoys helping students achieve their goals and loves the fact that all hard working Volunteer Coordinators out there can now be nationally recognised with a Certificate IV - it's a fantastic leap forward in the world of volunteering!
Tal has a background in working in and with community and as part of the Education Policy and Research Unit at Volunteering Qld has been focused on developing and delivering a range of training programs.
Her role as Leadership Coordinator also includes the research and development of Volunteering Qld's leadership and creative engagement programs. As well as state-wide workshop facilitation including that of the Step Up Program’s Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership Project.
Tal graduated in 2009 from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and 1st class honours, she majored in Contemporary Art and Fine Arts Industries. She has a long history of volunteering and social engagement and is the previous president (2010-2011) of Crossing Divides Inc. a Gold Coast based not-for-profit organisation that runs arts and music programs for young people who live with a disability or suffer disadvantage.