Food Collection Specialist
Brian has been employed as one of our Food Collection Specialists since March 2021. He has always been involved with marginalised populations of society and is passionate about food waste. Brian focuses on connecting and supporting people from all walks of life, often through connection with food and other services. Being able to help people through catering community meals is an area of expertise of his. Brian has 25 years experience in supermarkets and wholesale produce based in London. He is from a farming background and is highly dedicated to helping his community.
Food Collection Specialist
Michelle has been employed as our second Food Collection Specialist in August 2022. She is passionate about children, families and reducing waste. Born and raised in South Africa Michelle has seen a lot of poverty and understands the importance of using every last bit, making food go the distance and being thankful of the abundance in New Zealand. Her bubbly, kind and outgoing personality will be a great help in building and maintaining strong stakeholder relationships in stores, resulting in rescuing more food for North Canterbury.
Cameron has been employed as our Operations Coordinator since September 2020. He is a recent graduate from Victoria University and is extremely passionate about sustainability, food waste and finding ways to help organisations thrive. Studying geography and environmental studies opened his eyes to ways in which collectively people can create a sustainable future and a better quality of life for everyone to enjoy. Cameron will be integral part of our day to day operations, building strong and meaningful relationships with our volunteers, recipients and donors.
Michelle has been employed in the role as part-time Distribution Coordinator since June 2017. After taking time off to raise her children, she returned to the work force doing office accounts before joining Satisfy. Michelle has a background in inventory control and logistics and has enjoyed working closely with our recipients and volunteers. Working with Satisfy to reduce food waste and redirect it to the local community has been especially rewarding.
Stef Van Meer
Stef has been employed as our part time Coordinator since March 2017 and has recently taken on the role as Satisfy Manager. Coming back to the workforce after 11 years as a stay at home Mum, she has spent a lot of that time volunteering for the local school PTA and her daughter’s gymnastics club. With a strong background in marketing and administration, Stef is dedicated to using her skills to assist organisations with their strategic direction. She has a passion for building relationships and working with the Satisfy volunteers to create a strong and valuable team has been the high point of her role so far.
Phillipa is a Professional Engineer who has worked in the field of road asset management for the past 17 years. She has been involved with clubs and charitable organisations her whole life, serving as a committee member of Craigieburn Valley Ski Club, leading youth ministries and womens’ ministries thorough her church involvement. She has a passion for the environment and sustainability and has always actively encouraged living lightly.
Tina retired in 2007 after spending 18 years working as a qualified Management Accountant in the retail arm of a UK major charity. During her adult life she has always been involved in supporting charities in a voluntary capacity as well as her full time job. She was Treasurer of her local Mothers Union branch for twenty years and Treasurer of her local church for the four years before emigration. She has always been interested in minimising her footprint on the earth and caring for its natural resources.
Cushla teaches at Rangiora Borough School and has been teaching for 25 years. She loves being involved in children’s and adults' learning and previously organized Adult Education for 17 years, coordinating various courses. She lives with her family on a lifestyle block in Ashley Forest and loves weekends exploring the forest area through walking and mountain biking. She also loves being creative and making things which includes her hobby of cheese-making. Cushla hates to see ANY waste and is excited by the concept of making something out of ‘not much’!
Anne has spent most of her working life in country communities in partnership with her husband in small business. Firstly, owning and operating an International Harvester farm machinery franchise and in later years growing export flowers. She took a hands-on management role in both enterprises and developed skills in negotiating and networking. Positions held along the way include all the usual country callings, including Chairperson and Secretary of the School Committee and Play Centre, local church administration and finding help for fundraising projects. As a flower grower she took a prominent local industry role in growers’ associations and spent three years as Chair of the NZ Calla Council.
Kathy is a middle manager at Rangiora High School and has been working with young people since she was a teenager. She has experience leading committees and is a self-starter. As an English Teacher, Kathy brings strong verbal and written communication skills to the team. She enjoys coming up with innovative ways to solve problems. Kathy has been involved in catering for camps and groups for many years and knows how to make a little go a long way. She has a passion to see food get to those who need it, and to see local young people and families thriving physically and emotionally.
Brian has spent the past 25 years in executive level management positions within the hospitality industry, and is currently employed as a CEO of an events organisation. Although the organisations he has been a part of constantly challenges staff to reduce food waste by reimagine ways to supply food to their customers he is still alarmed by the amount of food that is wasted throughout the industry. Brian is excited to be supporting Satisfy, and to have the ability to now decrease food waste through forwarding to various groups in the local community. He serves on two other boards: the Laing Properties Ltd advisory board and ARA Hospitality and Service Industry advisory board. He cares deeply about governance and leadership and this was his main focus of his Masters of Business Studies through Massey University.