Team at Volunteering NZ

Board Members

The governing board of Volunteering NZ

Helga Wientjes
Tania Jones
Vice Chairperson
Brayden Smith
Corrine Coombe
Board Member
Cathy Aiavao
Board Member – Pacific Peoples
Wendy Rapana
Board Member – Māori
Gail Marshall
Board Member
James Lord
Board Member

Staff & Volunteers

The operations team of Volunteering NZ

Scott Miller

Chief Executive

Scott leads the strategic and operational delivery of Volunteering NZ’s outputs and outcomes. His extensive cross-sector experience in public, private and NGO roles ensures the organisation’s people, purpose and priorities are both sustainable and sector-leading.

Scott is active internationally, working as a consultant on democracy, and as a speaker. Scott sits on two national Boards, and volunteers in the disability and older-people sectors.

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:

Michelle Kitney

General Manager

Michelle is responsible for VNZ’s delivery of a National qualification for volunteer managers, its Migrant Volunteering Programme, and helps to lead VNZs stakeholder engagement strategy and content delivery. In 2018 she will be project managing VNZ’s annual Pivot Conference. Her most recent experience has been in communications, marketing and community engagement. She has also previously worked in the public sector and within the training industry. Her voluntary role on the national executive team at Multiples NZ builds on her previous experience leading a local membership organisation.

Nick Havell

Assistant Accountant

Nick is our volunteer Assistant Accountant. He completed his Bachelor of Applied Management majoring in accounting in 2016. Nick is also studying the CPA Australia program and is aspiring to be a Financial Accountant.

Ross Patel

Governance Advisor

Ross is currently completing his Masters in Experience and Service Design specialising in youth engagement with Non-profit organisations. When Ross is not thinking of ways Volunteer-Centre organisations can engage more people in volunteering in their communities, he is volunteering his skills in community projects such as the Youth Aotea-Reo Project – developing an app for New Zealand youth which aims to provide youth support services in a more convenient way. Ross is also the President of the Multicultural New Zealand Youth Council.

Sarah Macdonald

Marketing and Comms Advisor

Sarah has a passion for doing meaningful work in the Not-for-profit and Social Enterprise sector, with a preference for work that leads to the improvement of people’s lives – mainly through assisting in the promotion of a cause, service or community initiative. The Marketing and Comms Advisor role is an exciting opportunity to add value and work with the Volunteering New Zealand team. Sarah also freelances in documentary photography and marketing support and has produced work for various Wellington based charities, which has allowed for first-hand experience in the sector. Sarah has a Bachelor of Design with Honours and a Diploma in Marketing.

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.

Erina Papp

National Learning and Development Manager

Erina Papp is an experienced organisational development and HR professional with a focus on engaging others to achieve results and turn vision into reality. She brings a unique mix of in-depth HR and senior management experience, coaching, counselling and community development expertise enable her to work with people to address both business and interpersonal challenges.

Amelia Blamey

Community Engagement Advisor

Amelia is studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce, with majors in Finance and Marketing, and minor in Film. She hopes to use her passion for storytelling to raise awareness and encourage activism in her community.

Christina Ward

Membership Administrator

Christina is the professional development and membership administrator, part-time while she completes her BA Business at Massey University.  Her background is in office administration and has participated in the WW1 diary digitisation volunteer project for the UK National Archives, before returning to New Zealand with her young family.

Jaleh McCormack

Programme Advisor - Strategy

Jaleh is a social researcher, evaluator and stakeholder engagement advisor with experience supporting organisations to develop and implement programme and business strategies. She is an Associate Consultant at Fernhill Solutions providing advice and support to a range of government agencies, businesses and non-government organisations. At VNZ, Jaleh is responsible for developing a national new migrant volunteering strategy for VNZ and the wider community and voluntary sector. 

Lucas Davies


Lucas is writing a series of blogs posts and articles for Volunteering New Zealand, with a focus on research articles. In 2016, he completed his Bachelor of Laws, and has since worked in the field of public and immigration law. Lucas enjoys reading, dancing, chess, and a good debate with his friends over the bar table.

Felipe Escobar

Web advisor

Felipe brings a wealth of experience in analysis, modelling and implementation of technical solutions with strong focus in adding value to organisational strategy. At VNZ Felipe’s been instrumental in delivering the 2018 Student Volunteer Week and the InvolveMe landing page/promotion website design. He provides ongoing technical support and advice around gathering requirements, designing and developing reports, dashboards and websites.

Jordan Skrzynski

Policy Analyst

Jordan has recently joined VNZ as a Policy Analyst, and is working on a range of policy submissions on behalf of VNZ and the wider volunteering community. He is currently leading consultation and development of VNZ’s submission to the Tax Working Group on tax policy in charities and volunteering sectors.