Meet the Team

Lisa Ford

General Manager

Lisa joined Volunteering Bay of Plenty as Acting General Manager in October 2019 and was appointed General Manager in February 2020.  Lisa’s previous role was General Manager at 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 as well as a board member of Tauranga Living Without Violence. 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’s personal interests are family, travelling, enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Bay of Plenty and walking her German Shepherd, Oscar.

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.

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.

Gayle Hardie

Volunteer Management Consultant

Gayle Hardie recently joined the team to provide parental leave cover and help deliver VolFest 2020. Her most recent previous role as Mentor Manager at the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce provided insights into the not-for-profit sector and the volunteer landscape having worked with 130 volunteer business mentors.

As the Chair of the Tauranga Mini Owners Club, she and her team successfully delivered the 2019 Mini Nationals which brought a record number of Mini owners to the region.

Gayle’s extensive sales, marketing, customer support and event management experience will be well utilised at Volunteering Bay of Plenty and she is eager to assist volunteer organisations however she can.