Food Collection Specialist
Brian started with Satisfy in 2019 as a relief driver and has been employed as a Food Collection Specialist 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 his area of expertise. 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 a Food Collection Specialist since 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 for the abundance in New Zealand. Her bubbly, kind and outgoing personality is key to 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 graduate of 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 is an 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 of 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 enjoys 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 was our first employee, starting with Satisfy as our part-time Coordinator in March 2017 and continues her journey at Satisfy as 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 as President of 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 creating collaborative networks within the community. She loves connecting with the Satisfy volunteers and thrives on seeing first hand the passion that each of them brings to their roles.
Communications and Funding Specialist
Fran has been employed as our Communications and Funding Specialist since January 2023. She is a Psychology graduate with diplomas in ECE Teaching and Writing Stories for Children. After giving up a career in Teaching in 2020, she began writing human interest articles for an online newspaper which is how she discovered Satisfy Food Rescue. Fran began as a volunteer and after two years has now made the jump to employee. Being able to combine her passions for writing, community wellbeing and the environment is extremely fulfilling.
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 6-7 year olds at Rangiora New Life School and has been teaching for over 32 years. She also teaches adults how to make cheese on a monthly basis and loves being involved in adult's and children's learning. She lives with her family on a lifestyle block in Ashley Forest and spends weekends exploring the area with her husband, walking and mountain biking. She also loves being creative. Cooking and baking with any food source available, not letting anything go to waste! "It is so fulfilling being able to redistribute food through this wonderful organisation, Satisfy."
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 former high school English and Maths teacher who now heads a charitable trust offering learning support to students of all ages She has experience leading committees and is a self-starter. 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, he is still alarmed by the amount of food that is wasted throughout the industry. Brian is excited to be supporting Satisfy, not only to decrease food waste but to distribute it to various groups in the local community. He also serves on the 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.
Simon has recently retired from an executive role in the telecommunications company that he co-founded in 2002. He now enjoys exploring ways where he can utilise his commercial experience to support his passions for waste reduction and poverty relief. Simon has been involved in the local Civil Defence scene for many years. When he is not working in one of his volunteer or governance roles, you’ll find him either working around his lifestyle block or out running the local roads and trails.