Bellyful New Zealand
Charlotte is Bellyful's Chief Executive and is responsible for leading the organisation as it grows to support more families throughout New Zealand. Charlotte is impressed on a daily basis about Bellyful's committed and passionate volunteers, who give their time to help others in their community.
Charlotte's background is in business and IT, having helped establish an IT start-up company in Wellington, worked for NZ’s leading online giving platform and led large programmes and projects. She has undertaken a diverse range of volunteer roles including organising Fairtrade community festivals and campaigns in London. She also led an emergency rehabilitation programme in Mozambique with a team of 240 staff.
Charlotte, like many Bellyful volunteers, was grateful to receive meals and support from family and friends, when she had 3 children under 4 years, and is glad now to support other families through Bellyful New Zealand. Charlotte lives in Wellington, with her husband, 3 kids and 6 chickens.
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Volunteer and Operations Manager
Wendy is Bellyful's incredibly hard working Volunteer and Operations Manager. Wendy was Bellyful Christchurch Branch Co-ordinator for 5 years, before taking on the current Bellyful role.
Wendy describes the early days with her twins (now adults): "My twins were born in London 13 weeks premature. I had no immediate family in the UK and although our friends did what they could to help, most of them were working full time and could only provide limited support. For the first few months we lived on a combination of take-aways, hospital food and Marks & Spencer's ready meals. This was generally expensive and not nutritious!! When I saw a newspaper article about Bellyful all I could think was I wish it had existed all those years ago in London. So I went along to the first meeting.
Since then I have loved working with such a positive and organised charity. Cookathons are fun and delivering meals to a stressed family is incredibly satisfying.
Wendy lives in Christchurch with her husband, and 3 grown-up children - some of the time. Wendy trained as a pharmacist in New Zealand and worked both here and in England in a variety of hospital and retail positions. In her spare time Wendy enjoys ice skating, mountain biking, running, skiing, boating and overseas adventures with her husband.
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Leigh joined Bellyful in 2019 with over 20 years experience as a Chartered Accountant. Graduating from Victoria University Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Leigh went on to join ANZ Bank where she worked across a number of NZ business units, as well as posts in ANZ’s London and Melbourne offices, which saw her spending a total of 7 years living overseas. As well as banking, Leigh’s career has included accounting roles in health, media, hospitality and education as well as volunteering as a school board trustee. She finds fulfilment in working with not-for-profit organisations and is excited to be part of the Bellyful team. Leigh’s two children, now teenagers, were both born in Australia and with no immediate family nearby she was grateful to volunteers who brought meals and gave support when it was needed. Leigh now lives in Lower Hutt with her children and husband.
Aruna joined Bellyful in January 2020 with over 20 years’ experience working in the finance field.
Graduating from Victoria University Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Aruna has worked in a variety of organisations, both corporate and government, in London and New Zealand.
Aruna and her husband Craig have two boys aged nine and 13. She has been actively involved in the boys’ school helping with Enviro projects, reading and being on the PTA. She has also held the position of Treasurer for the Life Education – North Wellington Branch from 2018 to 2019 and currently volunteers as a school board trustee.
Having been lucky enough to have had tremendous family support when the boys were little, Aruna is acutely aware just how invaluable that support can be and is looking forward to helping Bellyful NZ to support as many families as possible to help them through challenging times.
Jacqui joined the Bellyful team as its Communications Advisor in 2019 after more than 15 years in journalism, chiefly as a reporter and sub-editor with Newstalk ZB.
In 2017, she moved into charity communications to help a friend, quickly fell in love with the work, and has since worked with Carers NZ and Continence NZ in communications roles.
Jacqui has developed expertise in writing, editing, managing social media and helping run campaigns, and is excited to bring these skills to Bellyful as it continues its incredible growth. Being a mum of two young children she wholeheartedly appreciates how important Bellyful’s work is in giving tired parents a helping hand and full tummies, especially in those exhausting early days.
Jacqui lives in a century-old (slowly being lovingly renovated) villa in Helensville, in Auckland’s northwest with her wife, their two small children, pampered Great Dane and a pair of long-suffering cats. When she gets a rare quiet patch, you’ll find her curled up with a novel and dreaming of writing one of her own one day.