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The Board

Marie Johnstone

Board Member

Marie currently works as Coordinator/Administrator for the Nelson Tasman Hospice. Her responsibilities are Fundraising, Marketing, Events and Shops Management.

Over the last 20 years Marie has performed a variety of roles in organisations such as Dept of Internal Affairs, ACC, Nelson Hospital, Nelson City Council as PA to three Mayors, The Nelson Mail, TSB, FVM, Nelson Polytech and NGOs/NFPOs: International Committee of the Red Cross and Nelson Tasman Region Hospice Trust.

It is genuine care and passion for helping people, encouraging and empowering them through connecting them with the community that Marie believe will make the difference in people’s lives.

    Corrine Coombe

    The famous proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” is the best sentiment for explaining why I believe volunteering is such a vital component and unfortunately in this day a often missing part of our communities. I grew up in a small country town, in a family where volunteering your skills and knowledge was the normal, this environment has grown me to be a person who desires to see beyond herself and her needs.
    I have a strong background in education and administration and consider myself to be bit of a creative problem solver. I get a real buzz out of using my skills and experiences to help others learn and grow, but I also delight in learning new skills or gaining new knowledge in areas I’ve yet to experience.
    I am currently part of a team of volunteers who run the children’s program for Annesbrook Church, here in Nelson. I am also on a NMIT Advisory Committee for the the Cert/Dip Christian Ministry Program facilitated by NMIT and Annesbrook Leadership Collage. I am also on the Governance Board for Volunteering New Zealand.
    In short I am passionate about volunteering and seeing people and  our communities richer from that experience.

      Christine Palmer

      Christine completed a BBS degree in 1997 and began her career working for a small tourism consultancy company.  In 1999 she began working at TNS New Zealand, where she held the role of Senior Account Director (and Acting Managing Director) for a number of years.  During her time at TNS she managed research programmes for a number of high profile government and ‘blue chip’ commercial organisations.   

      In 2007 Christine made a lifestyle move to Nelson with her partner and two children.  Since relocating, she has continued to work in the market research sector operating her own small research agency Q&A Research.

      Impressed with all that Volunteer Nelson is able to achieve with limited resources, and keen to expand her governance skills, Christine joined the Volunteer Nelson Board in March 2015.  Christine is looking forward to using her marketing, research and evaluation skills to help Volunteer Nelson to expand its reach into the community so it can encourage more Nelson/Tasman residents to volunteer, and so our local community organisations can continue to thrive.   

        Han Johnson

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

          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 will bring his considerable experience with assurance roles and risk assessment, as well as an enquiring mind, to the position as Board Member.

            Lynda Marnie

            Lynda has worked with some great organisations during interesting times such as Air NZ, Qantas, Cawthron, Nelmac and Hospice.  She 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.  Be it strategic planning, people, change, marketing, communications or coaching Lynda loves working with people and businesses with the courage to be better.  She has been presenting to and working with Boards for the last several years and recognises how supportive they can be when their hearts are in the right place, they have an open mind and a can do attitude.


              Sole Ighani

              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 a member of the NMIT Community Support Services advisory board.