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 VNZ’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.

Laura Allen

Content and UX Manager

Laura has experience planning, developing, and writing interactive content for government and trade industry clients. She worked on government websites for almost ten years. Laura has worked on volunteer week campaigns, web page redesigns and project managing web and written reports for VNZ, and loves getting behind what makes people tick.

Taylor Hamling

Web Developer

Taylor is the web developer for VNZ working part-time on the VNZ website, 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 portfolio

Michelle Kitney

General Manager

Michelle has a background in local and national volunteering and experience in communications, marketing, and delivering projects. Michelle’s current projects include VNZ’s delivery of a National qualification for volunteer managers and development of its stakeholder engagement strategy. She studied law and English literature at Victoria University of Wellington and lives in Miramar.

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.

Ione Slater

Communications Advisor

Ione is currently completing her Master of Communication, focusing on Marketing and Public Relations, at Massey University.  With a keen interest in using digital and social media marketing to cultivate community, Ione aims to continue working with non-profit organisations in order to amplify awareness and engagement.