Board Members

The governing board of Tūao Aotearoa Volunteering New Zealand

Sudha Bhana
Board Chair
Lindy Lely Kawharu
Deputy Chairperson
Carolyn Tapley
Board Member - Pasifika
Glenda Martin
Board Member
Francois Cuccurullo
Board Member - Treasurer
Misty Sansom
Board Member – Māori
Donald McIntosh
Board Member - Youth
Ethan Tauevihi-Kahika
Board member (co-opted)

Volunteering New Zealand

People who bring our purpose to life

Evelyn Tobin, MNZM, JP


Evelyn Tobin is Volunteering New Zealand’s Kaitiaki. She is a registered teacher with a current full (Pūmau) practising certificate who consults as an accredited provider and facilitator of professional learning development and training support for teachers, principals, boards of trustees, and community groups. She is a pioneer of kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa Māori, and Aotearoa Māori Netball Healthy Lifestyles initiatives and has educational expertise and networks in te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori particularly in Māori medium education. She has long term associations in the nation’s repositories of the National Library, Archives NZ and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Evelyn is a creative, critical thinker and bilingual communicator who has extensive experiences and service on national governance boards, advisory, and ministerial groups.

Michelle Kitney

Tumu Whakarae Chief Executive

Michelle Kitney joined Volunteering New Zealand in 2017, and has been our Chief Executive | Tumu Whakarae since 2019.

She is an enabling and inclusive sector leader who has demonstrated her commitment to amplifying the voices of volunteers and advocating for greater recognition of volunteers and volunteering. She loves her job. 

Michelle 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 offer extra support and services to whānau and children. Currently she is a trustee of Bellyful New Zealand.

Margaret McLachlan

Communications Manager

Margaret has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications with local and central government and not-for-profit organisations. She’s a volunteer matchmaker with the Community Comms Collective.

Margaret is passionate about using her communication skills to support volunteering and further the goals of Volunteering New Zealand.

Heidi Quinn

Relationship Manager

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 role is with the IHC.

Johann Go

Director of Research

Johann is Director of Research at Volunteering New Zealand, leading the
organisation’s research agenda.

Johann is an award-winning academic and community leader, bringing expertise in
humanities and social science research alongside translational research that links
academia with policy. Johann has over a decade of experience in the
community/ voluntary sector and has been the principal researcher and author of
several flagship VNZ publications, including the industry-leading State of
Volunteering reports (2020, 2022) and the MBIE-funded Recent Migrant Volunteering

Johann completed his PhD (DPhil) in political philosophy at the University of Oxford,
where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He also holds a BA (Philosophy and Politics)
and BHSc (Population Health) from the University of Auckland, and an MPhil
(Political Theory) with Distinction from the University of Oxford. Alongside his work
for Volunteering New Zealand, Johann is a full-time academic in the United Kingdom, holding an appointment as a Lecturer/ Assistant Professor.

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.

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: