Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) has announced former KPMG partner Mr Mark Epper as its new Chair following the not-for-profit’s Annual General Meeting on 28 November.

Elected to the board in 2015, Mr Epper will bring to the role financial expertise and a broad base of industry experience with ASX Top 200 companies, having spent 27 years as an audit partner with KPMG. He has worked in Australia and internationally, including China and the Philippines, as Partner-in Charge of the NSW China Practice and lead partner on KPMG’s quality review programme in Australia and China.

Mr Epper said he was looking forward to the new role.

“The private and development sectors are increasingly looking at ways to work together, and with more than 30 years’ experience engaging the private sector and leveraging private sector investment, ABV is well placed to build shared outcomes for business and the communities in which they work” said Mr Epper.

This new appointment follows the retirement of Ms Fiona Jolly after six years on the board, and three of them as Chair.

“Over my six years on the Board I believe it must be the case that ABV has faced every challenge possible for such an organisation” said Ms Jolly. “Throughout all the change the Board and staff, in all its iterations, have remained focused on the ABV core value – altruism and the work of our volunteers, and our motto of ‘strengthening businesses, and through them, communities”
Sarah O’Connor, ABV’s CEO expressed her thanks to Fiona for her work as Chair, and on the board over six years.

“Fiona has witnessed significant change during this time and through her strong leadership, has been a bedrock of support to myself and ABV. On behalf of staff, volunteers, members and the Board, I thank her for all the time and energy she has given to us over the years and wish her all the best in new and interesting endeavours.”

ABV also welcomed to the Board Ms Elly Patterson, Engagement Director at the Monash University-based Australia-Indonesia Centre. Prior to her Australia-Indonesia Centre role Ms Patterson was the Director of Partnerships and Communications with Asialink and worked for 15 years in senior Asia-engaged roles for multinational companies.

“We are looking to increase our presence and number of assignments in Indonesia and so Elly’s expertise will be a great addition to ABV” said Ms O’Connor.

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