Meet the Team

Vanessa Lister


With close to 20 years’ experience in leadership roles, Vanessa is committed to serving marginalised and vulnerable communities. Her most recent roles held CEO and General Manager titles spanning aviation, corporate services, and vocational education & training sectors.

As a volunteer herself Vanessa understands the drive to make a difference, so she invested most of her career in raising the bar of performance in the NFP sector. She intentionally sought and found appropriate ways to transfer her extensive governance, strategic planning, and operational experience to the not-for-profit sector.

Originally hailing from a heterogeneous, disadvantaged South African ethnic group and her experience as a migrant has shaped Vanessa’s commitment to building strong community connections through volunteering and supporting underserved communities.

A Member of IML (Institute of Managers and Leaders – Australia and New Zealand), Vanessa’s qualifications include Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Diploma in Management, Certificate IV in TAE (Training & Assessment) and Public Relations.

Gaylene Street

Volunteer Management Consultant

Gaylene is one of our Volunteer Management Consultants. She joined Volunteering Bay Of Plenty (VolBop) in May 2017, firstly as a volunteer, and has since then taken on other roles including Events & Marketing Coordinator & Regional 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 and Psychological First Aid.

Anna Bailey

Volunteer Management Consultant

Anna Bailey is our Volunteer Management Consultant who joined VBOP in September 2016 as our Volunteer Coordinator.  Anna finished her 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 specialised subjects.

After her 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 and Psychological First Aid.