Australian Volunteers International

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Australian Volunteers International (AVI) "is an independent not-for-profit organisation, a company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity and deductible gift recipient.

"We manage people-centred development projects and programs in a wide range of countries. Our work focuses on reducing poverty, providing health and education services, promoting human rights and gender equality, and protecting the environment." [1]

Senior Management

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  • Margaret Jackson (Aus) AC (President) - Chairman of FlexiGroup Limited and a director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Billabong International Limited and Florey Neuroscience Institutes.
  • Bill Armstrong AO (Life Member) - CEO of Australian Volunteers International 1982-2002. AVI volunteer Malaysia 1975-76
  • Veronica Brady - Author and Honorary Senior Research Fellow; Department of English, University of Western Australia
  • Graham Brown - Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health, The University of Melbourne
  • Linda Burney - Director-General of the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs
  • Margaret Chandra - National Manager Support and Admin, Employment Programs Australia; AVI volunteer, India 1966-67
  • Fred Chaney - Co-chair, Reconciliation Australia; Deputy President, National Native Title Tribunal
  • Mary Chapman - Landscape Architect, Australian Landscape Management
  • WFM (Martin) Clemens, CBE, AM,MC (Life Member)
  • Alison Crook AO (Board Member) - Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Resources), Monash University; AVI volunteer, Papua New Guinea 1971-72
  • Alan Davis - Principal, Newcomb Secondary College; AVI volunteer, Maldives 1977-78, 2005
  • Cameron Dick - Senior Ministerial Policy Adviser, Queensland State Government; AVI volunteer, Tuvalu 1993-96
  • Tom Evison - Senior Lecturer, Education, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education; AVI volunteer, Malaysia 1979-80, Zimbabwe 1990-91
  • Kurt Fearnley OAM (Board Member) - Australian champion wheelchair racing athlete; gold medallist Athens 2006 Paralympic Games; silver medallist Sydney 2004 Paralympic games; Finalist, Young Australian of the Year 2005; Australian Male Athlete of the Year 2004
  • Betty Feith (Life Member) - AVI volunteer Indonesia 1954-55, 1996-97
  • Christopher Fogarty - General Counsel, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Sydney, AVI volunteer in Papua New Guinea 1972
  • Gaye Hart - Director, Hunter Institute - TAFE NSW; President, Australian Council for International Development (ACFID - formerly ACFOA)
  • John Kerin - Former Minister for Trade and Overseas Development, Primary Industries and Energy, Transport and Communications; Board Member, UNICEF Australia
  • Jean Ker Walsh (Deputy President) - Director and Principal Consultant, Ker Walsh Communications
  • Marilyn Kong - AVI volunteer, Papua New Guinea 1999-2000
  • Jean-Gabriel Manguy (Board Member) - Head Manager of Radio Australia; AVI volunteer community development worker 1987-88
  • Elaine McKay - Member of Volunteer Graduate Scheme 1958-60
  • Robert McLean (Board Member) - Certified Practising Accountant with extensive experience in finance and risk management; AVI volunteer lecturer in Malaysia 1974-75
  • Bob Meyenn (Chair of Board) - Provost and Special Adviser Ontario, Charles Sturt University; AVI volunteer, Solomon Islands 1966-67
  • Samantha Mostyn (Board Member) - Group Executive, Culture and Reputation, IAG
  • Hugh O'Neil (Life Member) - AVI volunteer Indonesia 1958-60
  • Robyn Pugh - Senior Epidemiologist, Communicable Diseases Unit, Queensland Health; AVI volunteer, Papua New Guinea 1975-76, Thailand 1980
  • Richard Refshauge SC (Board Member) - Director of Public Prosecutions, ACT; AVI volunteer, Papua New Guinea 1965
  • Chris Sidoti - School of Applied Social and Human Sciences, University of Western Sydney
  • Geraldine Skinner - Chief Executive Officer, Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership
  • Pamela Smith (Aus) - AVI Honorary State Representative, Northern Territory
  • Barbara Spalding - Consultant in Human Services
  • Ninian Stephen - Former High Court judge and Governor-General of Australia
  • Kathy Sullivan (Aus) - Former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Baden Teague - Writer and former Senator for South Australia
  • Katrina Watson - Deputy Director of Gastroenterology, St Vincent's Hospital; AVI volunteer, Samoa 1997-98
  • Sally-Ann Watts - National Manager, ICT, Biotechnology and Emerging Industries, Austrade
  • Jim Webb (Aus) OBE (Life Member) - Founding Director of Overseas Service Bureau 1961



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About, Australian Volunteers International, accessed September 1, 2008.
  2. Senior Management, Australian Volunteers International, accessed September 1, 2008.
  3. Directors, Australian Volunteers International, accessed September 1, 2008.
  4. Council, Australian Volunteers International, accessed September 1, 2008.