Our Dedicated Team
Richard is dedicated to exemplifying and furthering Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Service's cause.
In his role, Richard develops business opportunities with current and potential stakeholders, and maintains the organisation's business and strategic goals.
Richard has also developed multiple award winning volunteering programs implemented in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
In 2010, Richard was awarded the International Who's Who Award for Business Leadership and Excellence for his contributions to the not-for-profit and community sectors.
Penelope has over 25 years of leadership, management and social work practitioner experience in the not-for-profit, charity, government and community sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Psychology and qualifications in Social and Community Work Practice and Clinical Supervision. With an interest in not-for-profit governance, Penelope is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Prior to joining the team at Volunteering Services Australia, she was the CEO of Muscular Dystrophy NSW, having migrated with her family from New Zealand in 2010 where she had worked as the Managing Director of Care Waitakere. Penelope is passionate about the delivery of excellent, effective and innovative community services and the leadership and development of both paid and volunteer staff to provide these services.
Nicole has worked in exhibitions, conferencing, events and marketing for over 18 years and has been lucky enough to experience many different aspects of the industry. The evolution of the digital world and the amazing advances it presented, along with many challenges, in particular the Global Financial Crisis.
Nicole has worked comprehensively across a vast array of industries and brands, in both the business and consumer sectors. She is highly experienced, passionate and driven. With an abundance of knowledge to create a successful event and/or strategic marketing campaign.
Jackie has extensive accounting, auditing and managerial experience. As being a qualified Accountant with a wealth of knowledge from the commercial sector, Jackie is able to significantly contribute to improving and monitoring internal financial controls, together with assisting the organisation achieve its strategic plans.
Jackie joined the team in early 2016 and ensures the department produces timely and accurate management information to enable past and current performance to be measured and future plans to be implemented.
Jackie has both an interest and personal experience in volunteering and community engagement and is keen to bring her commercial expertise in to the not-for-profit sector to maximise efficiencies and results.
Leanne Harris joined the team in 2012 as a Volunteer Referral Officer. Leanne’s Rehabilitation and Return to Work Officer Qualifications lead to her progression into the role of a Wayfinder Recruitment Coordinator.
Familiar with Volunteering Gold Coast she conducted a Business Process Review of Volunteering Services Australia, before taking on the role of a Human Resources Manager.
With a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resources and Business, Leanne has over 30 years’ experience working in various business administration and management roles within the education, public and private service sectors. Leanne works closely with our volunteer clientele, who she considers to be invaluable to our organisation and the local community.
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, former Governor General of Australia and former Governor of Queensland has accepted the role of the first Patron of the organisation.
In her role as Patron Dame Quentin supports Volunteering Gold Coast Inc.’s vital role in strengthening the community through the support and promotion of sustainable and equitable volunteering.
Dame Quentin has had a notable career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal and vice-regal representative in Queensland and Australia.
In 2008, she was sworn in as Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General and was the first woman to take up this role.
Mayor Tom Tate
Mayor Tom Tate is an active member of the Gold Coast business community, having served for many years as a director for a variety of business associations and organisations, including Gold Coast Turf Club, and as Director and Regional Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.
The Mayor is a Life Member of the Surfers Paradise/Broadbeach Chamber of Commerce and an avid supporter of the 150,000+ volunteers and 2,000 not-for-profits on the Gold Coast. He acknowledges that volunteering has both economic and community engagement benefits, and that volunteers and the work they produce are central to the cultural fabric of the Gold Coast. Mayor Tate joined Volunteering Gold Coast Inc. as an ambassador during National Volunteer Week 2016.
Dawn Fraser AO MBE
Dawn Fraser is an Australian icon. Winning eight Olympic medals, including four gold medals, and six Commonwealth Games gold medals she also held 39 records with the 100 metres freestyle record hers for 15 years. Named Australian of the Year in 1964, Dawn was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1965, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1967, and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1998.
In 2015 Dawn accepted the role of our Ambassador after her recognition of the extensive work we do in the volunteering sector. Her overall commitment to non-competitive sport has placed Dawn at the forefront of many volunteer involving events, which she passionately supports. Dawn epitomises the Australian spirit of tenacity and team work, something that we see every day in our army of dedicated volunteers.
Annabelle Stephenson has been working in Hollywood for the past 10 years. Her strong ties to the Gold Coast and love for people and community, was her deciding factor in moving back to her roots. Living in LA the Australian expat community is a cushion of support and comfort in a foreign country. Over Annabelle’s many years in the United States it became clear that Australian’s have an innate ability to connect with and help each other under any circumstances. This is an extremely powerful and heart-warming feeling to have when you are across an ocean from family and friends. Annabelle was presented with the opportunity to work on the Gold Coast, her home town, and was not surprised to be welcomed with that same spirit.
Annabelle has always believed that a sense of community is what binds humanity. ``Volunteering Services Australia is dedicated to strengthening the integral connection of the individual to the wider community by providing excellence in volunteering, transport services and business. I am proud to represent this wonderful organisation and its passion to unite and reach out to a helping hand for those who need it.`` Said Annabelle.
Nick Scott has spent thirty seven years working in senior roles within the media; much of this time being based on the Gold Coast. He has held the positions of Director, Group General Manager, General Manager and National Sales Director. Nick has recently retired from his full time position with Southern Cross Austereo; operators on the Gold Coast of television brands Southern Cross Ten, 11 and One as well as broadcasting stations 90.9 Sea FM and 92.5 Gold FM. Nick owns and operates his own Business/Media Consultancy TGM; consulting to local, national and international organisations and presently sits on various local Boards including Bond (University) Business School, Gold Coast Tourism and Gold Coast Community Fund. ``I have long admired the work that Richard Patterson and his team perform and it was a pleasure to accept the invitation to become an Ambassador“.
Peter established Volunteering Gold Coast Inc. within the operations of the Gold Coast-based disability organisation FSG. His intention was to ensure community organisations would have a service which recruited and supported volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations.
Peter has been a Board member since the organisation’s inception in 1998 and is the only Board member who has been with the organisation since it commenced. As a psychologist, Peter has been able to nurture the staff and the organisation to become thought leaders. In recognition of his contribution to Volunteering Gold Coast Inc., Peter was inducted as a Life Member in 2014.
Joy-Anne has more than 35 years’ experience in accounting, payroll and HR. A desire to spend more time with her family, particularly her grandchildren, prompted her retirement.
Inspired by her mother’s example of a lifetime of volunteering, Joy-Anne began donating her time to a youth group which continued for more than a decade.
In 2007, she commenced her association with Volunteering Gold Coast Inc. Serving as President from 2013 to 2016 Joy-Anne now serves on the Board in the capacity of Vice President.
Stephen has over 20 years’ experience acting for a wide variety of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors both in Australia and overseas. Stephen is the Principal – Workplace Relations, for Macpherson Kelley.
Stephen specialises in providing high-level strategic and operational advice on industrial relations, litigation, insurance and the drafting and negotiation of common law contracts.
Josie has a long history of volunteering and fundraising. She currently volunteers her time with Beach Care, as the President of Somerset College Parents and Friends Association and assists their charity, The Somerset Literary Fund.
With a diverse career background in wealth management, insurance, media and medical practices, Josie has invaluable corporate experience including governance, business development, marketing and human resources.
Josie is proud to serve on the Board of Volunteering Gold Coast Inc., which she believes is a visionary and passionate organisation that makes a significant contribution to the local community.
John Purnell was Director of Marketing at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for 12 years before joining Village Roadshow in 1995. He spent several years in Sydney, Singapore and Melbourne with Village Roadshow before relocating to the Gold Coast in 2001 where he has been a Consultant in the Sport, Theme Parks and Entertainment sectors.
John joined the Board of Volunteering Gold Coast Inc. in 2016.
Joshua joins the Board with a wealth of experience in the finance sector, as Group Financial Controller for Uni-Span group, and Senior Manager for Kern Group. He lends his expertise and guidance to the Board on various matters ensuring the success of our diversification.
A member of the Directors Institute and Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, Joshua also holds a Bachelor of Business Management, Accounting and Business Management and Human Resources.