Volunteering Australia announces the appointment of new CEO


Volunteering Australia (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer for the national peak body. 

Board President, Tim Jackson, today announced the appointment of Ms Adrienne Picone to take on the role after the current CEO Brett Williamson finishes in December. 

Mr Jackson said, “After a very comprehensive recruitment process, the Volunteering Australia Board is pleased to secure Adrienne for the role. Adrienne has been CEO of Volunteering Tasmania for 7 years and has been a great contributor to many significant Volunteering Tasmania and Volunteering Australia initiatives. Adrienne has extensive knowledge, management and leadership experience in the community and volunteering sector.”

Adrienne believes her knowledge and experience working as the CEO of Volunteering Tasmania holds her in good stead leading the national peak body.

Ms Picone will take over from Brett Williamson who has been in the position for just over 3 years. In July, Brett announced his intention to return home to his family base Brisbane.

“In welcoming Adrienne to the important role the Board also certainly wishes to acknowledge and thank Brett for his tireless and effective contributions to Volunteering Australia and volunteering during his tenure,” Mr Jackson said.

The appointment of Adrienne is the next stage in VA's journey, one that began just over 3 years ago, with the relocation of VA headquarters from Melbourne to Canberra.

Mr Jackson said, “We have hosted 2 successful National Conferences, the 2014 World Volunteer Conference, reviewed the definition of volunteering, completed the 2016 State of Volunteering Report, updated the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement and grown the annual National Volunteer Week celebrations. Just as importantly, Volunteering Australia has fostered extremely collaborative work with the State and Territory volunteering peaks, government and the broader sector.”

“Volunteering Australia has also undertaken a review of its Strategic Plan which aims to build on the foundations laid over recent years.”

“These are exciting times for Volunteering Australia and the volunteering sector as a whole,” Mr Jackson said.

Ms Picone, who is currently travelling to participate in the IAVE World Volunteer Conference in Mexico said she is delighted to be entrusted with the role at Volunteering Australia and helping to advance volunteerism.