Volunteering Sunshine Coast

Our Board

The board of Volunteering Sunshine Coast (VSC) Incorporated has unpaid members who are committed to and act in the best interests of VSC. Together, they bring a variety of skills from their management experience in commercial and non-government organisations, or their own businesses.

PRESIDENT

Babette Bensoussan

For over 25 years Babette has served as an advisor to organisations and business leaders from around the world. A recognised global authority on Competitive Intelligence, and one of the most published authors and well regarded speakers in her field, Babette brings valuable insights to entrepreneurs, business leaders and senior executives.

director and secretary

Michael Henning

Michael has a passion in working with people and has a keenness in ensuring that people remain connected and engaged with their local communities. Michael has a long history in developing strong collaborative relationships with service providers, government and other not-for-profits/community-based organisations, to help, advocate and support those disaffected and marginalised, as well as those homeless, in our community. Michael has been on the VSC Board since 2013.

treasurer

Tami Harriott

Tami is a gender and diversity specialist with over 20 years’ experience in Finance in the United States and Australia and has also held senior roles in Construction, Health Care and Fashion.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies, a Master of Science in International Business and an MBA.

She is a past director of United Way Australia (Audit & Finance Committee), past Vice President - National Foundation of Australian Women (Communication Committee), Past Chair of Queensland Writers Centre, Past Chair of United Way QLD and a member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women.

Her consultancy services have been used by the IFC (a Division of the World Bank) for their GEM projects. She is a certified gender specialist.

director

Tanya Dave

Tanya has an unwavering passion for assisting seniors to live life to the fullest, enabling them to not only age well, but to thrive in a caring and supportive environment. Tanya has 20 years’ experience working across government and non-government aged-care services.

vICE PRESIDENT

Anne Hinkly-Tyler

Anne brings over 20 years’ experience to the VSC board, working in executive marketing communications roles. She has worked in a corporate business buying businesses and merging brands as well as a not-for-profit charity advertising to recruit foster carers and fundraising for homelessness services. Anne spent 10 years owning and operating a successful overseas small business in the tourism industry and experienced first-hand what it is like to live in a community yet not fully understanding the local culture and language.

Anne has now settled in the Sunshine Coast where she works as a senior communications consultant at QAPR while also continuing her enthusiastic involvement in the local community through volunteering.

LEGAL

Garry Johnston

Garry Johnston started work in Sydney as an economist for a number of years before switching to law. He eventually went to the Bar advocating and practising in numerous jurisdictions, landing cases in many of the higher courts including the High and Federal Courts. For reasons nothing to do with the law, he switched to the Solicitor side of the legal profession and again advocated and advised in multiple areas and was involved in a number of major cases covering a variety of areas including labour law, commercial, contracts, tort law, IP, immigration, and competition law.