Andy Fryar is the founder and Director of OzVPM (Australasian Volunteer Program Management) - a consultancy, training and resource company specialising in volunteerism – particularly as it relates to the Australasian region. His Web site is www.ozvpm.com.
Fryar is a past President of Volunteering Australia, the peak national body representing volunteerism in his country, and past Chairperson of Volunteering South Australia, the volunteerism resource centre for his state.
He has travelled extensively, training at conferences or visiting volunteer programs right around Australia, as well as in Canada, India, Singapore, New Zealand, the UK and the United States of America. Fryar is a co-founder of the Australasian Retreat for Advanced Volunteer Management and in 2004 he was the first person from the southern hemisphere to be invited to join the faculty of the UK’s Institute for Advanced Volunteer Management.
In 1999, he was responsible for convening the working party that evolved into AAVA - the Australasian Association for Volunteer Administrators – Australia’s first professional association for volunteer managers.
Fryar has been involved in the editorial process for several Australian books on volunteering, and is a co-author of Volunteer Management: an essential guide (2nd edition)– Australia’s premier guidebook to volunteering.
He also currently serves on the editorial committee of the Australian Journal of Volunteering.
In 2000, Fryar was honoured to be invited to join the editorial team of e-Volunteerism for which he serves both as a Convening Editor of the Keyboard Roundtable feature section and as Manuscripts Developer.
He has been employed as a Volunteer Manager since 1991 and, in addition to the above, continues to be involved in the day-to-day operation of a volunteer program in the city of Adelaide, South Australia, where he is employed as the Executive Officer of the Lyell McEwin Regional Volunteer Association.
In 2003, Fryar was awarded a 'Centenary Medal' through the Australian government's honours system, in recognition for his services to Australian volunteering.