The Board

Tony Snow


The most important question Tony always asks is …… why.  Why do we do what we do?  Why are we doing what we are doing?  Why do it that way?  Does it conform with our purpose, with the deed, with the constitution, the vision or mission.  Is this why the organisation exists?  Through this philosophy, he takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development.

Tony spent more than a decade overseas been involved in multinational companies, not for profits, startups and sell outs before returning to New Zealand.  Roles have been across organisations such as sales, operations, projects, governance, business ownership, to his current business and charity interests.

He has a broad knowledge of business and commercial acumen with interests in technology and the advantages of the right technology for the right purpose in a business.   Tony is Managing Director of Stratus Blue, a technology focused company, providing IT services, support and provision for New Zealand micro, small and medium enterprises.  Tony is also director of Evolution Networks, providing Internet Services for the Eastern Bay of Plenty and rural communities.

Tony and his wife, originally from Dublin, Ireland , have 3 primary school children including twin boys In his spare time he tries to come up with decent Dad Jokes, mountain biking, snow boarding

Monique Edlinger


Monique’s decision to move to the sunny bay in January 2014 was instigated when her eldest daughter decided to study at Otago University.

She moved here with her younger daughter and became a volunteer with Tauranga Youth Search and Rescue as her daughter was attending their programme.

She is a people and community-focused person and most of her roles have been in the community sector, either through employment or volunteering. Monique has joined the board at Volunteer Bay of Plenty as she believes strongly in social responsibility and believes that through collaboration more can be achieved that will have a positive impact on our community. Monique is a member of Sunrise Rotary, a Trustee of 4Good Charitable Trust and a member of the Smart Growth Social Sector Forum.

Working with people is her passion, she is a self employed Project and Administration Manager in the Education sector and loves the variety offered in this role. Her interests involve learning new skills, various social, physical and outdoor activities, as well as spending time with family and friends.

Lillian Richmond


Lillian moved to the Bay of Plenty in 2016 after returning to New Zealand from 12 years in living in Europe. With a career spanning a variety of marketing leadership roles in large global organisations, she has been exposed to a range of corporate governance structures and processes.  Based in Tauranga, Lillian utilises her skills as an experienced marketing specialist and qualified leadership coach to operate her two businesses, Marketing on Demand and Animal Outfitters.

Lillian has a passion for the charitable sector and admiration for the many people who freely give their time and resources to support causes and community activities. Her own volunteering journey started as a teenager when she fundraised for World Vision. She has continued to fundraise for charities over the years (mainly through running events such as the London Marathon) and donates her time to voluntary organisations such as Business Mentors New Zealand and Small Business Tauranga.  Lillian believes that volunteering is a powerful tool to build connected communities, improve personal wellbeing and create a vibrant, caring society.

Kelly Seymour


Kelly moved to the Bay of Plenty to take up a position at a Post Harvest Facility in the Kiwifruit industry.  Originally from Christchurch and Hanmer Springs she settled in Auckland in my early 20’s and worked approximately 12 years working in law firms in Auckland as a personal assistant in family law, litigation and corporate law.  Kelly obtained a Bachelor of Business at AUT majoring in Accounting and Information Technology.  She worked as an Accountant for a variety of privately held and publicly listed companies before relocating to the Bay of Plenty.  Kelly has always believed in giving back to the community and has been involved in clubs and organisations in both an official and non-official basis. Kelly hopes to become more involved with my her community through her involvement with Volunteer Bay of Plenty.

Lisa Ford


Lisa moved to Tauranga in September 2018 after living in Auckland for 13 years.  With one son overseas and the other studying at Auckland University, it was time to relinquish the family home and avoid the daily 5.30am commute over the 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 more than 2000 volunteers.  She is passionate about volunteerism and therefore in her role as a Trustee at Volunteering Bay of Plenty she can continue to promote and advocate volunteering, as well as get involved in her new community.  She currently volunteers as a business mentor in Tauranga 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.
Lisa brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the construction, pharmaceutical, FMG, aviation, IT and not for profit sectors in New Zealand and the UK.

Paula Naude


Paula immigrated to New Zealand in 2008 with her husband and 2 daughters, arriving in Tauranga, where the family continues to reside.  She has an extensive background in the government sector in both South Africa and New Zealand, as well as the not-for-profit sector.  Paula has also owned and operated her own businesses in both countries with qualifications in the field of psychology and is an advocate of life-long learning. 

Paula has worked with volunteers over many years, and in various roles, having been responsible for recruitment, training and the management of volunteers within diverse arenas such as the South African Police Service and Seasons Grief Support programme for children.  Paula has volunteered extensively in areas such as manager of her youngest daughter’s netball team each year, committee member of the Bethlehem College Netball Club as well as an Igirls leader for a number of years whilst both her girls attended this programme and Prison Fellowship. 

Paula believes in the need for a social conscious, both individually as well as corporately, to the benefit of the community wherein we find ourselves located.  Paula is a strong advocate of social justice and works extensively in the domestic violence arena and is a member of Zonta International, an organisation that empowers women through service and advocacy.