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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
Manager

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.

Ernie
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.

Belinda Harte
Belinda Harte
Co-ordinator

Belinda Harte started working at Volunteer Nelson in June 2015. Her role has grown quite considerably since she first started, and she now co-ordinates a number of our programmes.  She really enjoys her job and considers herself very fortunate to be able to work within this industry. She is an outgoing extroverted person that thrives on empowering, helping and motivating others. In her spare time she enjoys Ceroc dancing with her partner and spending time with their children.

Jane Solly
Jane Solly
Administrator/Finance

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, gardening, kayaking and crochet.

Meet the Board

Corrine Coombe
Corrine Coombe
Chair

Corrine comes from a strong background in education and administration, is a creative problem solver and a passionate advocate of volunteering.

She is currently part of a team of volunteers who run the children’s program for Annesbrook Church, here in Nelson. She is also on a NMIT Advisory Committee for the the Cert/Dip Christian Ministry Program facilitated by NMIT and Annesbrook Leadership Collage as well as being on the Governance Board for Volunteering New Zealand.

 

David Taylor
Secretary

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.

Sole Ighani
Sole Ighani
Treasurer

Sole moved to New Zealand in 1991 and has lived in Nelson since 2007. He has  an engineering degree and a master’s degree in Business Management and the Tertiary Teaching Certificate with a solid background both academic and hands-on, in Education, Information Technology, Marketing, and in staff management. He is also serving on the Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman board and the NZ Immigrant Association (Nelson) board.

Christine Palmer
Christine Palmer

Christine had a decade of experience working in tourism and market research before starting her own research agency Q&A Research in 2007. Christine lives in Nelson with her partner and two children.

Christine joined the Volunteer Nelson Board in March 2015 where her  marketing, research and evaluation skills have helped Volunteer Nelson to expand its reach into the community.

 

Lynda Marnie
Lynda Marnie

Lynda worked in HR for many years supporting organisations cope on the people front when undergoing rapid and unprecedented change – building HR functions from scratch in very established organisations made up most of the last decade.

She now works with a variety of organisations providing a broad range of project management services.

Hannah Johnson
Han Johnson

Han moved to Nelson from the West Coast in late 2015 to pursue her education goals.
She has completed certificates in Counselling, Social Work, and Youth Work, and is now a Bachelor of Social Work student at NMIT.
Han is a keen community supporter and has worked alongside several organisations including Hospice, Ma’s Place, Youth and Community Works, and Volunteer Nelson. She is very passionate about community led development.

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