A small and dedicated team of global volunteers are driving the promotion of IVMDay internationally.

Andy Fryar (Australia) – Chairperson

IVMDay committee chairperson, Andy Fryar

IVMDay committee chairperson, Andy Fryar

Andy is the Chairperson of the IVMDay Committee. Andy works as the National Operations Manager for Better Impact – Australia and NZ. In this capacity he trains, commentates, writes and consults on volunteer management internationally. He is also the Founder of OzVPM – the Australasian region’s largest volunteer management network.

In 1998 Andy convened the working party which evolved into AAMoV, the Australasian region’s first professional Association for VPMs and is a founder of the Australasian Retreat for Advanced Volunteer Management. Andy has served as the IVMDay Chair since 2007 and is a past President of Volunteering Australia. Contact Andy at

Rob Jackson (United Kingdom)

IVMDay committee member Rob Jackson

IVMDay committee member, Rob Jackson

Rob has been active in the UK and international volunteerism scene since 1994. Amongst other things, Rob is the founder of UKVPM’s the UK’s leading volunteer management online community. He has worked with Volunteering England and was instrumental in the creation of AVM, the English Association for Volunteer Program Managers. Rob now runs his own consultancy and training company – Rob Jackson Consulting. Contact Rob at

Heidi Quinn (New Zealand)

IVMDay committee member, Heidi Quinn

IVMDay committee member, Heidi Quinn

Originally from the UK, Heidi has worked in the NGO and charity sector from the grass roots level up to a national level. Her work’s focus has always been on volunteers, using conservation as an effective and holistic engagement tool. She has had the privilege of working with 1000’s of incredibly talented, driven and challenging volunteers over the years, and continues to do so in her new home of New Zealand. Contact Heidi at 

Sarah Thoma (USA)

IVMDay committee member Sarah Thoma

IVMDay committee member, Sarah Thoma

Prior to her six year appointment to the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism where she served the citizens of New Jersey as Executive Director for four of those years, Sarah was a hands on Volunteer Resources Manager. Following her position in state government where she was involved in efforts during and after the tragedy that occurred on 9/11, she was with the US Homeland Security, Washington DC, where she was the liaison to 26 Citizen Corps national NGO affiliates. Thoma believes that her experience as a volunteer resource manager was the most challenging, yet rewarding, position she has had in her career. A consultant, published author and member of many national and local boards and committees, she works diligently to promote the importance of the role of the Volunteer Resource Manager in the volunteer movement. Contact Sarah at

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