Board of Directors


Mathew Franklin ph2Mat Franklin, Chair

Mat Franklin is the inaugural Chair of Volunteering and Contact ACT after two years as the Chair of Contact Canberra. He holds a board seat with a national engineering consulting firm and is a partner-advisor in a Boston based Cyber Security angel fund. Mat is a Harvard Business School Alumnus and also holds a Master of Management, a Bachelor of Computer Science and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mat has worked in IT, general management and strategy positions across Australia and currently works for the Department of Defence.


George BrennanGeorge Brenan, Deputy Chair

George is Secretary of Volunteering and Contact ACT and was previously on the governing Council of Contact Canberra. George has extensive experience in a range of senior executive roles in the public sector and is a General Manager in the Office of Transport Security, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. From 2012-17 he was an executive of the National Security College, Australian National University. He is a graduate of Griffith University and was, for some years, an HR specialist before transitioning to strategic and general management. George is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His support for the Canberra community includes membership of the Board of Karralika Programs Inc. His other interests include early music performance, the regional communities surrounding the ACT and the needs of sexuality and gender diverse communities

Shivani Gounder, Treasurer


Jon LewisJohn Lewis, Board Member

John joined the Volunteering ACT Board at the October 2011 AGM and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. John is a founder and partner at Callida Consulting, a local management consulting business. He has been consulting in senior and executive roles for over 20 years. John is a CPA, Professional and Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John is also President of the Canberra Southern Cross Club.


Sarah PeascodSarah Peascod, Board Member

Sarah joined the CONTACT board in 2014 and is now a Director on the Volunteering and Contact ACT Board. Sarah has a background in mental health support, community health and social services. She has worked across the community, not-for-profit and public sectors and has a particular interest in stakeholder engagement, government relations and leadership. Sarah has tertiary qualifications in science and psychology from the Australian National University and public sector management from Queensland University of Technology. She currently works in social welfare policy development for the Commonwealth Government. In her spare time Sarah is active in the volunteering community and is an authorised Marriage Celebrant.

Bobby Wan, Board Member

John Mckee, Board Member

Dr Jayne Curnow, Board Member