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

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.

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.

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.