Board

A team with heart & drive

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President

Ross Morgan

Ross has over 25 years experience in senior finance and general management roles in the consumer goods and retail sectors.  

He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, a Queensland business that manufacturers and sells beverages in over 40 countries around the world. Ross has extensive management experience in finance, sales, marketing, sponsorship, logistics, customer service and human resources.

He is a qualified CPA and has completed a Bachelor of Business Degree and a Graduate Certificate of Management. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Directors.

Ross is a Board Member and the current Treasurer of Variety Queensland the Children's Charity. He is also a Board Member of Volunteering Australia.

Ross is proud to be part of Volunteering Queensland, an organisation that encourages us all to volunteer to help others.


Vice President

Damien Edmonds

During his 20-year career, Damien has launched and managed a range of successful brands and businesses in Australia and the UK, holding senior marketing and business development positions.

He helped to launch the successful Men’s Health magazine into the Australian market and most recently was part of the marketing team that introduced the go via brand and free-flow tolling to South-East Queensland.

Damien’s extensive experience of working within the media industry – for Eye Corp, Dentsu, Nielsen Media Research and Zenith Media Worldwide – has enabled him to develop a strong customer orientation. With his dual marketing and business development experience, Damien is passionate about combining marketing and business development strategies to improve an organisation’s performance, in particular strategic visioning for change.

Aside from being a director at Edmonds Marketing, Damien is a certified practicing facilitator with Australian Institute of Management (Qld) and a fellow and chartered marketer with the Australian Marketing Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).

His qualifications include degrees in Marketing, Economics and Advertising, and a post graduate certificate in Business, Technology and Change.

Damien is also proud to be a third generation marketing business owner, following in the footsteps of his uncle, as well as grandfather who established Edmonds Advertising in Brisbane 40 years ago.


Treasurer

Julie-Anne Mee

Having developed a background in accounting administration and business solutions, Julie-Anne Mee is a qualified accountant who has held senior operational positions in large and small commercial and non-profit organisations as well as spending some time in the public sector over the last 30 years.

In early 2006, Julie-Anne commenced working with the Australian Centre of Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies in the rollout of the Standard Chart of Accounts project in Queensland. Julie-Anne has continued in this project for all other Australian jurisdictions with the National Standard Chart of Accounts (NSCOA) transferred to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) mid-2013. 

Julie-Anne also undertakes a number of teaching and learning projects within the QUT School of Accountancy including the feasibility of new units, the development of materials, tutoring and lecturing in accounting units and the unit coordination for work placement.

Julie-Anne has held a number of voluntary and paid positions in nonprofits and has a particular interest in education and training of volunteers and understanding the responsibilities of volunteers and employees in ongoing organisational sustainability. She:

  • is an elected Board member of Volunteering Queensland; Vice President from 2013
  • is a councillor at the University of the Sunshine Coast since 2002; and chaired the Audit and Risk Committee
  • is a Director and Company Secretary of the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast Board Pty Ltd since 2010
  • is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of St Vincent de Paul Queensland (member since 2009 and Chair since 2011)
  • is a Fellow of CPA Australia, having held numerous positions including 1995-96 Queensland Divisional President and 1998-99 National Vice President Professional Development; and was a member of the CPA National Disciplinary Panel (to March 2011)
  • was CPA Australia's representative on QUT's School of Accounting Advisory Committee between 1999 and 2012
  • was the Accounting Specialist on the Australian Council for International Development's (ACFID) Code of Conduct Committee from 2008 to 2013.

In her spare time Julie-Anne likes to relax with her husband at their orchard at Mt Mee.


Secretary

Brett Johnson

Brett has worked in numerous roles spanning the community services (not-for-profit) sector, from residential youth services to large NGOs and peak bodies.  

Most recently he has worked in various capacities, both for the Queensland Government and as a representative for the local government sector, undertaking multiple projects across a number of social policy areas.

Brett has a strong passion for social justice and aspires to work in developing a greater appreciation for community wellbeing programs and initiatives. Brett has been a member of several external reference committees undertaking research and developmental projects. He has previously been a member on the Anti-Poverty Week Advisory Committee.

Brett is currently the Principal Advisor, Community Policy and Strategy Development with the Local Government Association of Queensland. He is currently supporting councils and undertaking research surrounding the Queensland Government’s social services reform program, housing and homelessness re-alignment, renewal of youth services, and numerous local government social and community planning strategies and policy advisory pieces.

Brett has a bachelor’s degree in Communications, majoring in Public Relations and Journalism and diploma level tertiary qualifications in Project Management and Community Services. He has been employed with LGAQ for the past four years to assist in supporting councils to deliver excellence in community services.


Board Directors

Carlton Meyn

Carlton Meyn is currently the General Manager for BUSHkids (Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme), based in Toowong, Brisbane. He joined BUSHkids in July 2011.

Carlton emigrated from Bangalore India in 1995 where, with his background in psychotherapy, he worked at Athma Shakthi Vidyalaya, a research and treatment centre for Schizophrenia.

He first joined Kids Helpline as a telephone counselor, before joining Volunteering Queensland in 1996 to manage a mental health program.

Carlton worked his way up to be Volunteering Queensland’s Operations Manager, where he was involved in the development and delivery of many innovative programs and major events including, CHOGM, Goodwill Games, Asia Pacific Cities Summit and more recently Homeless Connect in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth. He also managed the development of Volunteering Queensland’s award winning online database and website that supports volunteering.

In 2009 he joined Spiritus as their Community Relations and Fundraising Manager. Spiritus is an Anglican service that works in partnership with government and other organisations to respond to identified needs in our community.

In this role he focused on raising awareness of Spiritus services both to support their contractual outcomes for service provision and attract financial support for the vision and mission of Spiritus. This involved developing and implementation of strategies to significantly increase ongoing revenue and endowment growth from fundraising and donor activities.

He managed the development and launch of Spiritus’ first ever fundraising drive, ‘Every Dollar Counts’, in response to the increasing demand for Spiritus services.


Brett Williamson OAM

Brett was Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering Australia (VA) from October 2013 until December 2016. Prior to that, he was CEO of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) for 6 years.

Brett holds tertiary qualifications in the areas of human movement studies (BHMS Ed) from the University of Queensland, in education (B Ed) from the Brisbane College of Advanced Education (Queensland University of Technology) and a Corporate Directors Diploma from the University of New England. Brett was a sport and physical education teacher for several years prior to beginning his professional involvement with Surf Life Saving in 1984, when he started in the dual role of State Development Officer and State Director of Coaching. He moved on to the roles of Deputy Administrator, State Manager and General Manager before being appointed as CEO of Surf Life Saving Queensland in 1991 and CEO of Surf Life Saving Australia in 2006.

As VA’s Chief Executive Officer, Brett was primarily responsible for ensuring the effective development, management and sustainability of the organisation and its vital services and outputs.

The unique and diverse nature of VA’s operations required Brett’s extensive engagement with government and industry on volunteering and not for profit issues.

He has had articles published in the Medical Journal of Australia and the Australian Journal of Emergency Management and has been a regular presenter at conferences and seminars on topics including Surf Life Saving, association management, risk management, emergency services, sport and visitor/tourist safety.

Brett has been a volunteer member of SLSA for over 40 years after starting his involvement as a ‘nipper’ in 1967 and is a highly credentialed surf lifesaver from his 20 years of active patrolling service. He has also been a coach, instructor, examiner and filled responsible volunteer positions on Club and Branch committees prior to being employed by SLS. Brett has been awarded an International Training Officer Certificate and a ‘Citation of Merit’ from the International Life Saving Federation. He is a Life Member of Maroochydore SLSC on the Sunshine Coast and Surf Lifesaving Queensland.

Brett is a former President of the Australian Society of Sports Administrators (Qld Chapter) and has sat on a wide range of State and Commonwealth government and non-government advisory and consultative groups. He is a Fellow member of the Corporate Directors’ Association of Australia, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Society of Sports Administrators. He also holds membership of several professional associations, including the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), Australian & New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA), Corporate Directors Association and the Australian Institute of Emergency Services.

Brett has received the following civil honours:

  • 2004: Order of Australia Medal (OAM)
  • 2003: Australian Centenary Medal
  • 2003: Judges Special Award – EQT Not-For-Profits CEO Awards
  • 2000: Australian Sports Medal
  • 1996: Queensland Father of the Year
  • 1995: Queensland Sport Administrator of the Year

 

Photo: Redlands Volunteer Expo