Staff

Susan Ansell

Susan Ansell

Manager

I have worked in the community development field in both government and non-government organisations. I love seeing the passion people have here for building community, making connections with others and working together on local issues. It is a real privilege to be able to support this passion through Volunteer Kāpiti alongside an equally passionate Volunteer Kāpiti team.

Cathy Canavan

Cathy Canavan

Service Coordinator

I have been living on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast for the last 9 years and have been in the role of Service Coordinator at Volunteer Kāpiti since 2016. I have found being involved with my local community a great way to meet people and make friends while helping others. What I most enjoy about my role at Volunteer Kāpiti is getting to meet people from all walks of life and seeing the good in people every day. I also love to hear the success stories about the volunteers we refer making a real impact for community groups no matter how big or small!

Karen Gray

Karen Gray

Administrator

It’s a privalege to be part of the Volunteer Kāpiti team in an Accounts/Administration role and to support the great volunteering work being done in our community. I grew up in Kāpiti and love living and working in this special place.

Michelle Raki

Michelle Raki

Volunteer Advisor

In 2015 I had finished admin studies and thought to myself, what would be my next step? Volunteering in an admin role to gain more experience came to mind. So, I walked in and landed a Volunteering role at Volunteer Kapiti’s office, the heart of volunteering. 5 years later I’m still here and probably will be for another 5 years.

Anne Southern

Anne Southern

Volunteer Advisor

Retirement brings all sorts of shocks, including trying to adjust to weeks without any real structure. Voluntary work proved to be the solution. That was 10 years ago and over that time I have enjoyed the pleasures and challenges of many different roles. Gray hair and life experience can be a big plus too and there is huge satisfaction in learning new things. My voluntary work gives me pleasure, satisfaction, people contact and my weeks have structure again! A Win -Win situation for sure.

Christine Hofkens

Christine Hofkens

Volunteer Advisor

The first thing people notice when meeting me is that I have a strong Dutch accent. This bothers me in no way to communicate with much pleasure with everybody I encounter. I love people and Volunteer Kapiti gives me the chance to meet interesting potential volunteers and help them find fitting volunteering roles. I am also a team worker, which works out wonderfully in our Volunteer Kapiti office environment.

Malcolm Macaskill

Malcolm Macaskill

Volunteer Advisor

I found my way to Volunteer Kapiti after I retired (for the second time). I wanted to get more involved in the local community and learn more about what makes Kapiti tick. I hoped to be shown some interesting and fulfilling options and wasn’t disappointed. Best of all, there was one at the heart of the system, with Volunteer Kapiti itself. I jumped at that and really enjoy meeting all the volunteers and the challenge of finding the right roles for each of them. And working with a great team helps, naturally.

Mark Young

Mark Young

Kāpiti Community Governance Mentor Programme Volunteer Coordinator

Mark has lived on the Kāpiti Coast for eight years and enjoys the relaxed lifestyle. Mark and his partner recently returned from over two years volunteering in East Timor which gave him a very different perspective on life and a passion for utilising his skills and experience to help local communities. He has his own management consulting business but is moving into semi-retirement (or trying to!) helped by highly rewarding work in the community through Volunteer Kāpiti.

Trustees

Brian Milne

Brian Milne

Chair

Brian retired from his career in Agribusiness and moved to Te Horo to grow olives. Over the past 20 years he has been actively involved in community organisations and has been impressed at the willingness of many Kapiti residents to volunteer themselves for similar roles. He now lives in Waikanae and continues to learn from online courses.

Bas Walker

Bas Walker

Trustee

Bas is resident in the Paekakariki area having retired from paid work about 3 years ago. He is a professional engineer by training. He was a public servant for about 35 years followed by about 15 years as an independent public sector consultant/contractor. His governance experience is extensive and includes terms as Chief Executive of 4 government agencies (Energy; Defence; Research, Science and Technology; and Environmental Risk Management), and membership of several Boards.

Amy Helm

Amy Helm

Trustee

Amy has been an active member of the Wellington and Kapiti volunteer communities for more than 15 years. Her volunteer experience ranges across adult literacy, environmental sustainability, English language teaching, and support for vulnerable young New Zealand families.Amy’s professional background is in policy and planning, mostly in the public sector.

Dhaval Thakkar

Dhaval Thakkar

Treasurer

Dhaval is an experienced chartered accountant in Wellington central. He is enjoying the balance of working full time, raising a young family and volunteering as a Trustee.

Sue Wyatt

Sue Wyatt

Trustee

Sue has a background in human resources and business consulting as well as governance experience in the not-for-profit sector. Sue managed her own consulting company for over fifteen years and was a board member for the Wanganui Learning Centre for seven years. She is passionate about the opportunity to support the community through the valuable work that Volunteer Kāpiti does.

Geoff Pierce

Geoff Pierce

Trustee

Geoff is a military officer with the Air Force. His recent role included human resource planning and financial management. He has volunteered as a member of the Titirangi Volunteer Fire Brigade in Auckland and the Kāpiti Coastguard. He is a very keen supporter of volunteer organisations and embraces the opportunity to work with Volunteer Kāpiti in support of the wider Kāpiti community.

Shayla Rigg

Shayla Rigg

Student Intern

Our Student Intern position is a new 6-month role within the Governance team. Shayla has been actively volunteering within Paraparaumu College and the wider community of Kapiti Coast for over 5 years. Shayla is a Community Captain as part of the Paraparaumu College Head Student team. She aspires to further her leadership within the voluntary sector, provide a youth perspective and gain more in-depth knowledge about how volunteer organisations work.