Meet the Team

Helen Stewart

General Manager

Helen has recently joined us after a number of years living and working in Kawerau. While there she was the Executive Director of the Kawerau Enterprise Agency (KEA) Incorporated.

Passionate about community development and the power of people to make a difference, she is very excited by her new role with Volunteering BOP and working with others who enjoy being connected and participating in many different activities.

Her involvement in volunteering started at primary school and wherever she has lived, she has continued that commitment; it’s a great way to meet people and find out how communities work.

Working in both operational and governance roles has allowed Helen to develop her generalist skills which she is looking forward to using with Volunteering Bay of Plenty.

Gaylene Street

Service Coordinator

Gaylene is our Regional Service Coordinator. She joined Volunteering Bay Of Plenty (Volbop) in May 2017, firstly as a volunteer and then took on the role of Events & Marketing Coordinator.  Gaylene is also the Volunteer Coordinator, filling in for Anna while she is on maternity leave and is doing this alongside her Regional Coordinator role.

 She moved from Auckland to Tauranga in April 2016 with her husband Wayne whose family roots are in the Bay of Plenty.
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.

Emma Rosling-Heppell


Emma Rosling-Heppell works as a volunteer journalist for VBOP. She moved to New Zealand 3 years ago and now lives in Te Puke with her husband and 5-year old daughter. She works in strategy, business development and project management as her full time job in but has a passion for writing, people and community which led her the voluntary position with VBOP. Emma particularly enjoys hearing the wide variety of stories from the people she interviews and finds inspiration in the work of so many of the not-for-profits she speaks to. Her aim is to help publicise the amazing work of VBOP the and the organisations they work with. In her spare time she is a member of a number of local committees in Te Puke and also helps as a teacher aide at Fairhaven School.