Our Board of Directors

Mat Franklin, Chair

Mat was elected Chair of Volunteering and Contact ACT in 2015 following two years as the President of Contact Canberra. Mat's non executive roles include directorships of an Engineering Consulting firm and Volunteering Australia. He holds an advisory role with a Norwegian fin-tech startup and has consulted on board effectiveness. Mat is a Harvard Business School Alumnus, holds a Masters in Management, a Bachelors of Computer Science and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and the Royal Society of the Arts. Mat is currently a management consultant following senior executive roles in technology, federal government, civil engineering and Defence. In 2018 he was recognised in the national top 10 by Australian Financial Review's Young Executive of the Year Awards. In 2016 he was selected as one of 60 Emerging Leaders of Asia and consulted with the Malaysian Government and HRH The Princess Anne on Economic Development in South East Asia.

George 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

Bobby Wan, Board Member

Catherine McGrath, Board Member

Catherine McGrath is a long time Canberra resident, writer and business owner. She is the founder of WomenSpeaking, a training program designed to train and support women speaking at conferences, events and in the media. She is the Director of Catherine McGrath Media an events and training business that operates Australia wide. For 30 years Catherine held editorial and senior reporting roles at SBS and ABC television, radio and online. Catherine is the recipient of the Centenary of Federation Media for Services to Society through Journalism.

Dr Jayne Curnow, Board Member

Jayne joined the Volunteering and Contact ACT Board in May 2018 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Jayne hold a PhD in Anthropology and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She works for the Commonwealth Government in international agricultural research for development and is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, College of Asia & the Pacific.

John 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.

John McKee, Board Member

Sarah 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.