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Meet the Staff

Volunteer Nelson currently has four part-time staff and a wonderful variety of amazing volunteers that help us both in the office and behind the scenes, to deliver our services.

Gordon Oldfield & Ernie
Gordon Oldfield

Gordon is originally from South Africa and has lived in Nelson with his wife and two children since 2007. Previously a pharmacist, sight loss compelled him to find a new direction. His professional and academic interest is now in health and disability services management. He has a particular interest in the role of volunteers in community organisations. He can often be spotted walking in Nelson with his guide dog, Ernie.

Guide Dog/Office Dog

Ernie is Gordon’s trusty Guide Dog. He loves to meet and greet staff and office volunteers each day – often bringing them one of his soft toys to throw for him. In his role as Office Dog he brings us laughter, positivity, and great morale as well as reducing stress levels.

Holly Drummond
Holly Drummond
Programme Leader

Holly looks after the delivery of Volunteer Nelson’s Youth Programmes, our low cost training events and is the prime contact for Volunteer Managers. She started out as a volunteer with us back in 2013. Holly volunteers outside of work at a number of events as well as being a Street Ambassador.

Ellie Young
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Ellie Young arrived in Nelson on Christmas Day 2018 and loves the strong sense of community.  Ellie sees volunteering as a great way of connecting people to organisations who can benefit from their wealth of knowledge, skills and passions.  Her professional background is in community services, with particular focuses on volunteering, advocacy and coordination.  Her passion is people, and connecting their knowledge and skills to enhance communities. She is also a keen researcher, with a thirst for knowledge and critical thinking.  Ellie holds Masters in Sustainability and Climate Policy, alongside post-graduate studies in Integrated Human Studies.

She also works voluntarily with the Nelson Environment Centre and Kai Rescue and with Lindsay Wood at Resilienz.

Jane Solly
Jane Solly

Jane joined Volunteer Nelson in 2013 and works primarily on finance and administration. She is passionate about volunteering and currently hosts the monthly Coffee & Connections for Nelson Newcomers Network, monitors for pests at the Brook Sanctuary, and enjoys the ease of family friendly one-off volunteering opportunities such as beach clean-ups and tree planting. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, walking, tramping, gardening, kayaking and crochet.

Meet the Board

We are led by a governance board of committed volunteers who share a passion for giving back to their community.

David Taylor

David emigrated from the UK to Nelson at the end of 2014, to join family.  He is a Chartered Engineer and consultant, with many years in the critical communications sector.

During 2016 David started helping Volunteer Nelson with their IT.  He is keen to get more involved in the voluntary sector and is bringing his considerable experience with assurance roles and risk assessment, as well as an enquiring mind, to the position as Board Member.

Marie Lindaya

Marie rejoined Volunteer Nelson in 2020 – bio to follow.


Anju Bathla
Anju Bathla

Anju is originally from India and came to Nelson in 2019 to study Master of Applied Management at NMIT. During her studies, she got involved with Volunteer Nelson. She recruited volunteers and completed a research project to find challenges for volunteer recruitment for Volunteer Involving Organisations in Nelson. These opportunities helped her to learn more about the community and the voluntary sector in Nelson.

Anju is a pharmacist and have many years of experience in healthcare administration and operations management, and picked up a position as a research supervisor at NMIT to enhance the research skills. As a board member, she wishes to use her skills for the betterment of Volunteer Nelson.


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