Bellyful Board of Trustees
Bellyful is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees.
Board Chair / Trustee
Michelle is the Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ). She is well known and respected within the sector and is passionate about increasing recognition for the value and impact of volunteering.
She has held a leadership role in a Wellington social enterprise, with a background in marketing and communication. 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.
Sally has more than a decade of experience in regulatory and policy roles in the public and private sector, and currently works in the regulatory team at telecommunications company Chorus.
Specialising in strategic regulatory and compliance advice, Sally also has a strong background in public policy issues, and has worked on implementing complex regulatory frameworks and developing compelling advocacy.
Having recently had her first child, she understands the importance of supporting families in the early days and how organisations like Bellyful can provide vital support during vulnerable times, and help provide a sense of community.
Over the past decade Sally has been involved in a number of initiatives supporting migrant and refugee groups, including as a Trustee for Auckland Regional Migrant Services, a volunteer for Save the Children Norge and a tutor at the Wellington Multi-Ethnic Refugee Study Centre.
Treasurer / Trustee
Carolyn is super excited to join the Board of such an amazing, caring organisation. Having had bit of a rough start to motherhood herself (her son unexpectedly arrived 10 weeks premature, when she had only lived in NZ for 10 weeks and didn't have a support network around her!) she understands all too well the value of the Bellyful service. Carolyn bring's significant management and governance experience having held senior roles in the UK corporate world and more recently worked for leading NZ organisations's namely SportsMed in Canterbury and Cholmondeley Children's Centre. A past non-exec director of Gymnastics NZ, Carolyn is also a current Trustee for a new education charitable trust for Diamond Harbour School. Carolyn's extensive work experience is supported by academic achievement, she holds a MBA (with distinction) and has completed the NZ Institute of Director's Director Development programme. In her spare time and with her family Carolyn loves the great NZ outdoors. A keen mountain biker her other non family passion is her dog, a fabulous Bearded Collie and they volunteer as a pet therapy team, visiting people with dementia in a local care home.
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.
Rachel is passionate about babies and children having the best possible start in life. For most of her career, Rachel has worked in women's and children’s health in a range of governance, policy and project roles in the UK, Australia and Aotearoa. Currently, Rachel manages the maternal and child health portfolio within the strategic funding team at Capital and Coast District Health Board.
As an experienced public servant, Rachel is aware that government services sometimes struggle to provide the practical, responsive support whanau need. Recognising the enormous contribution of organisations like Bellyful toward supporting thriving whanau and communities, Rachel has been involved with a number of not for profits supporting women and families, in Director and volunteer roles.
Outside of work, Rachel loves to tramp, especially the hills and coast around Wellington; cooking for friends; and learning about wine.
With 20 years of project management, team development, recruitment and strategic planning behind her, Sharyn is passionate about building teams and ensuring that everyone feels supported to do the absolute best job that they can do. She is currently the Asia Pacific General Manager of Professional Services for a leading emergency management software provider.
Sharyn has over ten years of governance experience in the education sector, and understands how crucial great leadership is to an organisation. She has seen what a difference Bellyful makes to so many families at critical times in their lives and feels very privileged to be part of the team.
Living in Wellington with her husband, three children, a dog, a cat, five chickens and two fish, Sharyn loves spending time outdoors, tramping and camping with friends and visiting her family in the deep south.