Bellyful Board of Trustees
Bellyful is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees.
Friends of the Board
Bellyful is very privileged to have a group of amazing supporters who provide advice and experience to the Board on an ad-hoc basis. We thank them all for their contribution and support over the years.
Treasurer / Trustee
Leigh has worked as a finance professional for over 25 years, both in the corporate world and not-for-profit sector. She is a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer and her day jobs have included various roles in businesses in Europe, the USA and New Zealand. However, her passions outside of work have included building better communities through her various roles including participation in Parents Centre NZ, the Kindergarten Association NZ, school Parent Teachers Association and various sporting clubs. Leigh has also campaigned for improvements in her local suburb including a safe pedestrian crossing and an improved playground.
Being without family in New Zealand, Leigh has experienced first-hand the kindness of neighbours who brought meals when she was hospitalised with her second child and when she had to fly back to the UK to be with her dying father. Those people who offered support will always hold a special place in her heart and so she has a close connection with the mission of Bellyful.
Leigh, and her husband Kenny, arrived in New Zealand in 2000, expecting to be in New Zealand for 6 months on a working holiday, but they fell in love with the country and have been here ever since - they live in Wellington with their two beautiful daughters and two gorgeous dogs!
Board Chair / Trustee
Iris has always been very passionate about business. She holds a MBA degree and has over 10 years of management experience.
Today she runs Business Kitchen, a business coaching and training company. Outside work, Iris loves spending time with her family, preferably going for nice family walks in the nature, camping or travelling the world.
Rebecca has 20+ years of corporate experience in IT, business process, project management and consultancy. Rebecca has been a long-term volunteer and manager of volunteers, and managed large NFP events and projects. She is a keen home-cook and is particularly motivated by health /nutrition, wellness, inequality and women’s/children’s issues.
Rebecca was the Branch Coordinator for Bellyful Porirua for many years, since she started volunteering for the branch in 2011. Rebecca has also co-founded WELLfed, which provides cooking classes to parents in Porirua East.
Rebecca lives in Porirua with her husband and two children.
Karalyn Van Deursen
Karalyn has more than 25 years’ experience working in advertising, marketing and communications.
She is currently Executive Director Communications - Canterbury DHB and West Coast, a role she’s held since February 2011.
Prior this she was a senior advisor at the Ministry of Health. She has extensive health sector experience, having worked for Hawke's Bay District Health Board and has also spent time working in the office of the Minister of Health. She was a self-employed communications consultant for many years, working for a wide range of clients. She has considerable experience in crisis communications, branding, external and internal communications, stakeholder engagement and working with media. Karalyn is a member of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand, and the International Association of Business Communicators.
When not at work, she loves cooking, gardening, walking, travelling and spending time with family and friends. She has two daughters, two step-daughters and a grand-daughter.
Michelle is the General Manager of Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ). In that role she is responsible for VNZ’s delivery of a National qualification for volunteer managers, its Migrant Volunteering Programme, and helps to lead stakeholder engagement strategy and content delivery.
Before joining VNZ she worked for a Wellington Social Enterprise called Munch as the Marketing and Community Manager. She has also previously worked in the public sector and within the training industry. Her voluntary role on the national executive team at Multiples NZ builds on her previous experience leading a local membership organisation. It was through her volunteering experiences where she first learnt about the work of Bellyful.
Michelle and her husband Andy have three boys, and live in Miramar. As a mum of twins Michelle knows how valuable the support of Bellyful can be to families in the early days.