About Our Volunteers

Here is a snapshot of just a few of our fantastic Skilled Business Professionals and the exceptional skills they bring to ABV’s programs of work

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson’s first assignment for ABV was in 2016 when she had two placements with the Department of Finance in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 2019 saw her return to Papua New Guinea, this time to deliver a program she developed, Family Money Management Program (FMMP), on Lihir where ABV has formed a highly successful partnership with Newcrest Mining Limited and created the Apeketon Business Hub, to strengthen skills and opportunities for local people living on Lihir.

Jane works for TAFE NSW where her career in adult education and training has incorporated international, community, business and management skills and experience.  Prior to a career in adult education, Jane worked in management and her first career was as a translator / interpreter She has lived and worked in the UK, France, Algeria, USA, Belgium and Canada as well as travelling extensively for both business and leisure and recently completed a Masters in International Relations. Jane loves the opportunities ABV gives her to combine her passions for education, international experiences and making a difference in peoples’ lives.


Liane Arno

Liane’s first career choice was as a police officer with the Australian Federal Police which saw her work in a variety of roles including guarding Parliament House, hosting a local weekly television program and as a criminal analyst. Deciding that a long term career in policing was not her aim, she moved to work with Ansett and was ‘blooded’ as an industrial relations officer with the infamous pilot dispute.  She went on to work at Qantas to aid the merger of Qantas and Australian Airlines and bring staff onto common terms and conditions. Liane then moved on to a number of senior positions in Human resources including Head of HR for ANZ bank and Director of Human Resources for Visy.

After moving to South Gippsland where she bought her own small business she quickly became involved in the local community by becoming secretary to the Woolamai Picnic Races and by joining the committee of the local art gallery – ArtSpace- where she is now President.  She also worked with the Bass Coast Campus of Chisholm TAFE teaching Certificate IV is small business as well as Diploma of Human Resources.

Liane started volunteering with ABV 15 years ago and has conducted around a dozen YES programs as well as helped develop the YES curriculum. Her latest project back home has been to develop a unique and quirky exhibition in honour of the hairless head called the Archies Bald Portrait Prize – with proceeds to the Cancer Council.


Matt Stone

Matt has close to 50 years of experience in business, banking and finance fields across a wide variety of roles. His first career was with ANZ bank where he graduated into business banking and then into senior management in organisational development and human resources roles. On leaving the ANZ he spent five years carrying out business consulting with medium enterprises which were not large enough to engage HR/organisational development permanent positions but needed support.

A sea change had Matt move to South Gippsland where he bought and operated a small county hotel.  The local TAFE college had a need for experienced people to help mentor participants in the New Enterprise Initiative Scheme.  He mentored dozens of small business owners (many of whom he has links with today) before discovering ABV’s challenge to strengthen small businesses in our Pacific region.

He believes strongly in community and is currently the Treasurer of the local community radio program 3mfm. He has been a part of the YES program for the past fifteen years.

Australian Business Volunteers