Martin J Cowling, CEO
Martin was named in 2010 as one of 67 leading speakers on philanthropy by Philanthropy 411 along with Bono and Jim Collins. He has presented in Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, Wales..
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about Martin J Cowling's programs. Dynamic, full of energy and funny, Martin brought his subjects to us in a comfortable, manageable and thought-provoking manner. His big-picture thinking combined with small suggestions by way of anecdotes got the whole room buzzing Sara Kish, Georgetown University Hospital
"Martin is an incredible trainer who really engages his audience and experiencing a lot of learning. Plus, he is expert and cutting-edge in his content and materials." David Styers, BoardSource
Taking his experience from his own volunteering in Australia and El Salvador, combining that with over 20 years of experience in leadership and management roles in the not for profit world and interactions with not for profit, government and business leaders globally means Martin brings current practical applicable information to his presentations.
Mr Cowling believes that people are the key to success or the very reason for failure of a project, strategy or company. He is passionate about ensuring that both Organisation and their staff (employees or volunteers) have mutually beneficial relationships. From strategic planning to volunteer management to coaching, leadership, contact Martin for input and advice.
Martin is a volunteer with the Red Cross Telecross Program, is on the Board of Emergency Relief Victoria and is on the Education Committee of Volunteering Victoria.
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TVNZ - an interview on the future of volunteerism on New Zealand's top-rating breakfast show
WABI5, Maine, USA Volunteering in the Recession
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Chief Executive Officer 2004 to present
Community Programs Manager 2002 to 2004
Senior Manager – National Volunteer Development 1998 to 2002
Human Resources Coordinator (Volunteer Services) 1996 to 1998
Operations and Volunteer Manager 1994 to 1995
Retail Manager, 1993
Director, Youth Department, 1989 to 1992
Youth Worker, 1986 to 1989
Graduate diploma in Adult Education and Training
Graduate diploma in Human Resource Management
Diploma in Volunteer Management
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Cowling, M.J (2010) Volunteers Green Environment, Adelaide Hills Weekender, November 19, 2010, p10
Cowling, M.J. (2010) Whats Your Story?: Adelaide Hills Weekender, August, 29, 2010, p18
Cowling, M.J. (2010) Toward an Australian Volunteering Strategy
Cowling, M.J (2010) How to deal with a difficult Volunteer, June 4 2010, p20
Cowling, M.J (2010) Become a Member of the Invisible Army, Feb 12, 2010, 7
Cowling, M.J. (2009) Use Social Media to your advantage: Adelaide Hills Weekender. November 22, 2009, p6
Cowling, Gibbs and Spinks (2008) Socioeconomic rationale for customer protections in energy markets: CUAC
Cowling M J and Fryar, A (2008) Messing It Up: How Not-For-Profits Sabotage Their Volunteer Programs, e-volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteering Community. Volume VIII Issue 2
Cowling M J and Cravens, J (2007) Sabotage Part Two: How Managers of Volunteers Diminish Their Role e-volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteering Community. Volume VII Issue 4
Cowling, M.J,. and Spinks,K (2007) The Energy Retail Code –One Year On
Cowling, M.J,. and Spinks, K (2006) Project X Generation X in St Vincent de Paul Society
Cowling, M.J. (2006) Why I Learnt to Hate Icebreakers e-volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteering Community. Volume VI Issue 4
Cowling, M.J. (2005) 40 Conferences 40 Stories: A Snapshot of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Victoria
Cowling M. J. (June 2005) Case Studies of Low Income, Disadvantaged and Rural Energy Consumers.Submission to Committee of Inquiry into Financial Hardship of Energy Consumers
Cowling M. J. (March 2005) Sabotage! The Five Lethal Factors Volunteer Managers Employ to Harm Their Programs e-volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteering Community. Volume V Issue 2
Cowling M. J. ( 2005) Protecting Your Most valuable asset: You! Nationwide Networking
Fryar, A. and Cowling M. J. (June 2005) Reflections on Building the Profession in Australasia. e-volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteering Community. Volume V Issue 3 (With accompanying audio sound bites from retreat participants)
Stukas, A. A., Daly, M., & Cowling, M. J. (January 2005). Volunteerism and the creation of social capital: A functional approach. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans , LA , USA.
Cowling M. J. (December 2004) Balancing the Needs of Volunteer and Project; Turn Your Organisation into a Volunteer Magnet p56 to 58
Cowling M. J. (January 2004) Confessions of a reforming workaholic OzVPM Hot Topic
Comments on Martin
Martin J Cowling brings a personable, perceptive and professional approach to training, immediately connecting with participants and giving them a sense of value in shared learning. His knowledge, expertise and delivery style make for entertaining and engaging training with very positive learning outcomes.
Jennie Loveridge, Volunteering Western Australia
We had heard that Martin was a very good presenter - and we were not disappointed!
Heather Kemp, Volunteering Waikato
We always expect the very best from Martin- has an excellent grasp of the N.Z. volunteering scene, as well as knowledge of global trends. His energetic presentation keeps people's interest and he inspires them to try new things.
Ruth Gardner, Volunteering Canterbury
Martin really engaged the audience with stories that were relevant to the topic; he was witty and very informative. The attendees all indicated they'd learned something and would do something different as a result of the program.
Judy Kingsbury, Dane County Administrators of Volunteer Service
Martin's information was valuable, and the presentation style and personal experiences communicated in his stories made it come to life. Everyone left with an idea they could put into action, and they were energized!
Bonnie Andrews, Volunteer Center of Milwaukee