BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mat 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 Brenan, Secretary
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.
Wendy Prowse, Director
Wendy has over 20 year’s experience working in senior management roles in the NFP sector in health, aged care and the community sector. Her broad range of experience in human resources, marketing, business development, social policy, community development, strategy and corporate governance has been achieved through her roles in large national organisations, medium regional organisations and working for a peak body. Her passion for social impact and innovation has led to her most recent role at Beyond Bank. Working for a B Corp accredited, member owned bank as the Community Manager for the ACT, Wendy sees this role as a new opportunity to strengthen the capacity of not for profit organisations through shared value and mutuality. Wendy has tertiary qualifications in Business Management, a Diploma in Project Management, a graduate of the AICD corporate governance program and is a qualified neuro-linguistics practitioner. Wendy has been a board member of Volunteering ACT since 2010, including the role of Secretary and a Board Director of Volunteering and Contact ACT since inception.
John Lewis, Director
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.
Sajid Hassan, Director
Sajid joined the Contact Canberra Community Board in April 2014 and he now chairs Volunteering and Contact ACT’s Systems and Technology Committee. He is currently serving as the Head of ICT at The Pharmacy Guild of Australia. He was previously the Chief Information Officer for Lifeline Australia. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering from the Australian National University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sajid has over 18 years of industry experience in the Information Technology sector and has published more than 50 research papers.
Sarah Peascod, Director
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.
Dr Jack Dan, Director
Jack Dan joined the Volunteering and Contact Board in April 2015. He is currently the National General Manager for Government at Telstra, with responsibility across strategy, thought leadership, business and capability development for the government sector. Jack has over 20 years’ experience in working with organisations to drive business enabling strategies, ranging from start-up companies in Europe to large multinational companies in Australia. He has a PhD and a Master of Management degree from the ANU. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an active member of the Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) and Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).
Stipe Vuleta is a recent addition to the Volunteering and Contact ACT board with extensive experience in the not for profit, restructuring and corporate governance advisory spaces. Stipe is a leading reconstruction lawyer specialising in financial and management breakdown. Outside of traditional legal services Stipe’s passion is technology and corporate structuring and using these tools to assist both clients and the community sector be more efficient and better manage risk, particularly for growing organisations such as Volunteering and Contact ACT. Stipe is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Canberra, a director of the Braddon Precinct Ltd and a member of the Housing Industry association’s Regional Executive Committee.