Our Team

Simon Nugus

Chief Executive Officer


Simon has been CEO of Volunteering Gold Coast since May 2018. From the start he has implemented some ground breaking successes. Introducing a new NDIS portfolio including Community Transport and Practitioner led Support Coordination, expanding our Volunteering and Aged Care service portfolios making VGC one of the largest Aged Care providers in South East Queensland, implementing the Accessible Beaches Project, Community Visitor Scheme, Diversity & Inclusion Consultancy Services and more.

Simon has held senior management positions for over 16 years, in disability services and child protections. He is passionate about ensuring that all people, regardless of their abilities, are empowered to fully participate and be included in opportunities which enable them to achieve their goals and aspirations.  

Jo Jones

General Manager –
Community Services

Jo has been with Volunteering Gold Coast Inc. since 2008 and enjoys both the challenges and variety the organisation brings.

Jo has been with Volunteering Gold Coast since 2008. With over 12 years of community engagement experience, she thoroughly enjoys the challenges and diversity the organisation brings. Starting as the Transport Services Coordinator she quickly embraced the strategic objectives and became a pivotal leader within the organisation.

Jo is responsible for both the Volunteering and the Transport Services. Ensuring the Transport Services and the Transport Consortium is appropriately resourced, managing over 20 staff, as well as managing the volunteer services and programs.


Nicole Smith

General Manager –
Marketing & Communications

Nicole is passionate about supporting and engaging local community.  With over 20 years of marketing and events she brings with her a wealth of expertise from a corporate background. 

Nicole has worked comprehensively across a vast array of industries and brands, in both the business and consumer sectors. She is highly experienced, passionate and driven. With an abundance of knowledge to manage a driven Marketing Team.

Thriving on a challenge, Nicole works with the local community, not for profits and corporate’s identifying areas where they can work collaboratively together to increase social impact.  

Jacqueline Justin

Chief Financial Officer

Jackie has extensive accounting, auditing and managerial experience.
As being a qualified Accountant with a wealth of knowledge from the commercial sector, Jackie is able to significantly contribute to improving and monitoring internal financial controls, together with assisting the organisation achieve its strategic plans.

Jackie joined the team in early 2016 and ensures the department produces timely and accurate management information to enable past and current performance to be measured and future plans to be implemented.

Jackie has both an interest and personal experience in volunteering and community engagement and is keen to bring her commercial expertise in to the not-for-profit sector to maximise efficiencies and results.

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