Board Members

The governing board of Volunteering NZ

Lindy Lely Kawharu
Deputy Chairperson
Brayden Smith
Cathy Aiavao
Board Member – Pacific Peoples
Debbie Gee
Board Member
Misty Sansom
Board Member – Māori (Co-opted)
Matthew Goldsworthy
Youth Board Member (Co-opted)
Volunteering New Zealand Board Member Karmin Mulady
Karmin Mudaly
Board member
Sudha Bhana
Board member

Staff & Volunteers

The operations team of Volunteering NZ

Michelle Kitney

Kaihautū Chief Executive

Michelle Kitney is the Kaihautū Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand, where she has been part of the senior leadership team since 2018. Michelle is passionate about working collaboratively and with impact in the for-purpose sector.

Throughout her career she has worked in a range of sectors including social enterprise, within the public sector and the publishing industry. She has a range of experience including regulatory and compliance, mar-coms and social marketing, engagement, and research. She has also volunteered extensively in community organisations that provide services and support to whānau and children, and is currently the Chair of Bellyful New Zealand.

Margaret McLachlan

Communications Manager

Margaret McLachlan has recently joined Volunteering New Zealand as Communications Manager.

She has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications with local and central government and not-for-profit organisations, most recently with Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa and Zealandia ecosanctuary. She’s a volunteer matchmaker with the Community Comms Collective.

Margaret’s keen to use her communication skills to help achieve the goals of Volunteering New Zealand.

Dr Solmaz Nazari

Research Manager
Having completed a PhD in Tourism Management, Solmaz contributes to Volunteering New Zealand’s policy and research portfolio. Over the past decade, she has solidified her research skills through her academic journey as well as various institutional research projects in the disability sector where she started her community/voluntary experience. Solmaz is passionate about achieving better outcomes for various social groups, the role of volunteering and volunteers in improving the well-being of communities, and developing empowering social policies that facilitate this process.

Heidi Quinn

Volunteer Management Lead

Heidi has a real passion for volunteering. She brings a wealth of knowledge of volunteer management, including the deployment of national IT platforms to support volunteer activity. With solid experience in national volunteer management, Heidi brings expertise to her project based work at Volunteering New Zealand. In her free time, you’ll find Heidi…volunteering! Her current roles are with the SPCA and the IHC.

Johann Go

Manager, State of Volunteering and Strategy

Johann leads VNZ’s work on research-informed advocacy and the development of strategies for an inclusive, ethical and impactful sector. Johann brings expertise in humanities and social science research, strategy development, and translational research that links academia with policy. Johann has over a decade of experience in the community/voluntary sector, and previously led the development of VNZ’s recent migrant volunteering strategy. Johann is passionate about harnessing the power of volunteering to achieve social justice.

Johann is a Rhodes Scholar and postgraduate student at the University of Oxford. He currently holds a B.A. (Philosophy and Politics) and B.HSc (Public Health).

Anna Rendall

Graphic Designer
Anna is our in-house graphic designer who has communications experience thrown into the mix. She brings the creative, design eye to the team and helps maintain visual identity at VNZ.  
Anna also works on freelance design projects and volunteers as designer and event coordinator with a local community organisation. Anna has Bachelor of Visual communication Design (hons) with a typography major. She’s also a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) and has worked towards papers in communications and public relations.

Kenzo Bui

Finance & Accounts

Kenzo has more than 10 years experience in business and financial support and accounting processing. She gained a degree with double majors in: Accounting and Finance in 2006. Kenzo’s first job was as a Business support officer at Quotable Value then various roles with Vehicle Testing New Zealand, Public Trust, other private companies as an account officer, plus work for non-profits. Kenzo joined Volunteering New Zealand in 2019 and looks after VNZ’s accounting and finance.

Taylor Hamling

Web Developer

Taylor is the web developer for VNZ working on the VNZ website, InvolveMe, Student Volunteer Week, National Volunteer Week, the annual VNZ conference and many more projects. Taylor is a professional freelancer with a degree in Computer Science. Taylor’s website:

Soorya Prakash Parthiban

Data Analyst

Soorya is a data analyst at VNZ. He performs a descriptive analysis and reviews google analytics and google ad accounts. He prepares reports and dashboards in Google Analytics and Microsoft Power BI to prescribe improvements, spot trends, and identify what business action to take. Soorya’s two impressive soft skills are team-player and a willingness to learn.
Soorya’s website:

Moumita Das Roy

Marketing Advisor

Moumita Das Roy is a cross-industry marketer with experience in Nonprofit, Media, Advertising, Telecom. Her core expertise lies in Brand & Product Management and Digital Marketing. In her current role, she manages the marketing and product function of a mid-sized telco, based in Auckland.

Moumita is also a tertiary educator and a workplace trainer. She speaks English, Hindi, Bengali und ein bißchen Deutsch. She is a passionate traveller, and has been to all seven continents, immersing herself in cultures around the world.

Moumita got involved with VNZ, when she came up with the idea to create a testimonial based video campaign for Aotearoa of Kindness about the value of paying it forward through volunteering. Her campaign is linked here

Celina Huang

Social Media Specialist

Celina is the communication and project coordinator at VNZ. She finished her master thesis on social media marketing strategy for small business. She generates contents and delivers them on various platforms include Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Celina enjoys interacting with audience in a digital environment. She is also very enthusiastic about finding the best way to engage the public online.

Bryony Moses

Policy Advisor

Bryony is an intern policy analyst at VNZ. Graduating with a degree in social policy and sociology at Victoria University, she has a real passion for research and analysis, with a particular interest in ensuring inclusivity and social equity within VNZ’s body of work. Bryony is in charge of dissecting a variety of policies and reports; creating comprehensive overviews and providing critique of where VNZ can strengthen their course of action.

Anisha Nadar

Policy Advisor
Anisha supports Volunteering New Zealand’s policy and strategic body of work. She has experience in non-profit and volunteer management. Her qualifications are B.A. in Economics, Masters in Business and Management, and Certificate in Public Policy Analysis.  Anisha have a particular interest in public policy analysis and harnessing inclusivity within the policy frameworks. she is passionate about bringing her skills and expertise to foster VNZ’s advocacy work and help improve the volunteer landscape within Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Amy Phillips

Communications Assistant

Amy is a Marketing and Communications Assistant at Volunteering New Zealand. She is currently studying Marketing and Management at Victoria University of Wellington. She works on communications for the organisations’ campaigns. Amy has a passion for engaging and interacting with audiences through social media and is excited to join the VNZ team.