Meet the Team

Lisa Ford

Acting General Manager

Lisa has been a Trustee of Volunteering Bay of Plenty since October 2018 and has now stepped into the role of Acting General Manager.  In September 2018 she moved from Auckland to Tauranga to enjoy the lifestyle that the Bay of Plenty has to offer, as well as avoid the daily 5.30am commute over the Auckland harbour bridge.

Lisa is the former General Manager of Business Mentors New Zealand, a not for profit organisation that utilises the skills and experience of volunteers.  She is passionate about volunteerism and gifts her time as a business mentor working with local businesses to help them achieve their goals and potential.  She previously held Board Member roles for a not-for-profit kindergarten and Inland Revenue’s Taxpayers’ Simplification Board.  Lisa firmly believes that volunteering connects communities, improves well-being and the quality of people’s lives.  In her opinion volunteering is not entirely selfless, it brings significant satisfaction. 

Lisa brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the construction, pharmaceutical, aviation, IT and not for profit sectors in New Zealand and the UK.

Gaylene Street

Senior Volunteer Management Consultant

Gaylene is our Senior Volunteer Management Consultant. She joined Volunteering Bay Of Plenty (VBOP) in May 2017, firstly as a volunteer and then took on the role of Events & Marketing Coordinator.  Gaylene is also the Volunteer Coordinator for Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust, helping them with their volunteer management.

 She moved from Auckland to Tauranga in April 2016 with her husband Wayne whose family roots are in the Bay of Plenty and is enjoying the lifestyle this region gives her.
Gaylene previously worked for Auckland Council in Property Management and Health & Safety and has extensive experience in Customer Service & Service delivery.  She holds a National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4) and a Certificate in Accounting Administration & Payroll.  She has also gained a certificate in the Essentials of Volunteer Management.

Betty Howell

Administration Assistant

Betty says Tauranga is a great place to live, we have the best of everything here.  Having worked her whole life in this area, Betty counts herself very lucky.  She has worked in office administration roles for a Stock and Station Company, Suzuki Motorcycle business, various kiwifruit exporters, and lastly for an avocado/kiwifruit exporting company for 18 years.  The roles were varied and interesting.  She loved playing tennis, indoor cricket and badminton.  A mother of two and grandmother of three, with interests in gardening, reading and watching sport on TV, she is now an active retiree who volunteers at Volunteering Bay of Plenty 3 days a week to help with maintaining the database, recruitment of volunteers and general administrative duties.

Anna Bailey

Volunteer Management Consultant

Anna Bailey is our Volunteer Management Consultant who joined VBOP in September 2016 as our Volunteer Coordinator. Anna finished Masters Degree in HR and also did another HR course in London to swap her knowledge to English language. She is very keen to stay focused in Human Resources and learn new things. Anna is from small town Humenne in Slovakia. Along with HR she has been studying Teaching of specialized subjects. After studies she moved to London to work and learn English. During that time she met Kiwi man, they got married and decided to move to his home land and she is now the proud mother of Jack. Anna is very happy to be in New Zealand as she loves the sea and outdoor activities. She also has become an interpreter in Slovak and Czech language for BOP area so she can use her native language.  She has completed a certificate in the Essentials of Volunteer Management.

Anna is currently on maternity leave and due to return to us in September 2020.