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.
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.
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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.
Board Chair / 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.
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.
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.
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