Andy Fryar is the Founder and Director of OzVPM - a resource, consultancy and training company specialising in volunteerism – particularly as it relates to the Australasian region
Andy is a past President of Volunteering Australia (2002 – 2004). He is also a past Board member of Volunteering South Australia (1996 – 2003), serving as Chairperson for a total of 5 years. In 1998, he was responsible for convening the working party that evolved into AAMoV – the Australasian Association for Managers of Volunteers – the Australasian region’s first and only professional association for volunteer managers.
Andy has written hundreds of articles about volunteerism and has edited or co-authored three books on volunteering topics. He is a co-author of ‘Volunteer Management – an essential guide’ (3rd edition) – Australia’s premier guidebook to volunteering.
Over the years he has served on the editorial committee of the Australian Journal of Volunteering and also as a member of the contributor’s panel with Charity Channel’s weekly newsletter – ‘Volunteer Management Review’, based in the USA. During 2000, Andy was invited to join the editorial team of e-volunteerism, the electronic journal of volunteerism, established by Susan Ellis and Steve McCurley. Based in Philadelphia, e-volunteerism, has enabled Andy the opportunity to work with the international volunteer community on a daily basis.
Andy travels extensively, and has visited volunteer programs and conducted training for volunteer program managers in every state and territory of Australia, as well as in Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, India, Singapore, New Zealand and the United States of America. In addition he has visited volunteer programs in all of the listed countries as well as South Africa and Hong Kong. In 2004 he became the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to be invited to join the Faculty of the prestigious ‘Institute of Advanced Volunteer Managenent’ in the United Kingdom.
In 2005, Andy co-founded (with Martin J Cowling) the ‘Australasian Retreat for Advanced Volunteer Management’ – an annual conference for advanced level volunteer management professionals in the Australasian region.
Most recently, Andy has been appointed as the Chairperson of the global committee overseeing International Volunteer Managers Day, which is held on November 5 each year.
Andy was awarded a Centenary Medal through the Australian honours system in recognition of his service to volunteerism in Australia in 2003.
In addition, Andy has worked in volunteer leadership positions since 1985 and in addition to his work with OzVPM, he continues to be involved in the day-to-day operation of a large volunteer program in the city of Adelaide, South Australia, where he is employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lyell McEwin Regional Volunteer Association.
In his spare time, Andy enjoys being a dad to his five children (which includes two sets of twins) and a step dad to his four step children (which includes triplets)!