QLD PD Turning Volunteers into Champions

Please join us for an engaging and informative Queensland PD session!

Engaging volunteers to support and uplift the efforts of your advancement team can be the difference between a great outcome and an exceptional outcome.

Where people power is harnessed, directed and unleashed in the right way for your community, more can be achieved together.

Come to this special PD event where you’ll hear from expert practitioners and their experiences with turning volunteers into champions.

Learn how to spot and train your volunteers and how to keep them focussed and their actions aligned with priority projects and campaigns.

During the panel discussion, you’ll gain insights into tactics, tools and resources to help you start or develop the volunteer power in your organisation.


Event details

Date: Thursday 18 March 2021
Venue: Wests Toowong, Sylvan Road, Toowong
Time:  2:00pm – 4:00pm onwards
Cost: $55 member, $65 non-member (GST included)

      • 2:00pm – 2:45pm Presentation from Jeff Buchanan,
      • 2:45pm – 4:00pm Panel discussion facilitated by Jeff Buchanan who will be joined by Phil Hancock and Jo Nitz,
      • 4:00pm onwards – Afternoon tea


Jeff Buchanan, Business Development Advisor & Fundraising Consultant, Buchanan & Associates Consulting

As a sole fundraising practitioner, team leader and senior consultant, Jeff has over 20 years’ experience in fundraising and other experience in board directorships and business development. A major capital campaign he directed won a series of state and national awards. Jeff works with various clients often where considerable expertise is required to navigate very challenging circumstances and is one of a very small group of professionals who has worked substantially with over 100 schools across Australia and New Zealand. Regarded as one of Australia’s leading non-profit consultants and a trusted advisor to many CEOs, Jeff is an accredited fundraising professional (CFRE) and a Fellow of Educate Plus. He has spoken at various forums and training sessions and presented workshops for fundraising professionals. Jeff currently chairs the Board of Rural and Remote Mental Health, retains other directorships and advises several other non-profit organisations on a pro-bono basis.


This panel discussion will be facilitated by Jeff Buchanan

Phil Hancock, Services Director, John Holland

Phil is currently employed by John Holland as the Services Director (Asset Management) on the Metro Tunnel Project based in Melbourne. Phil has over thirty years of experience in strategic facilities management having previously worked for Cushman & Wakefield, Aurizon, QR National, Central Queensland University, Singtel Optus and Resolve Engineering (AMP). Phil is a qualified Marine Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) and a Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management.

Phil joins the panel as a strong advocate for volunteering. Over the past thirty years Phil has given his personal time to a variety of organisations, including Apex Clubs of Australia, Rotary International and the Facilities Management Association of Australia; as well as the Board of Trustees (Chair) at the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and currently as a Senior Field Operations member and trainer in the State Emergency Services.


Jo Nitz, Director of Advancement, The University of Queensland

Jo has over 15 years’ experience within educational advancement and is currently the Director of Advancement for the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Queensland. In her previous role as the Executive Director of the Geelong Grammar Foundation and Director of Advancement at Geelong Grammar School, Jo considerably strengthened donor relationships, with improved stewardship initiatives.  During her tenure, the School celebrated the history-making Annual Giving programme in 2018, raising the most amount of philanthropic support since the inception of this programme in 1997.  In addition, the School’s inaugural Giving Day resulted in another history-making year, with over $1.3M in gifts, from over 613 donors.  During Jo’s five years at Perth College, she also launched the Foundation and introduced the inaugural Annual Giving, Bequest and Major Gift programmes, whilst significantly increasing alumni engagement. She has completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Public Relations with Distinction, Master of Marketing and a Certificate in Fundraising. Jo has been honoured with three Educate Plus fundraising awards and a state award via the Fundraising Institute of Australia.