Our current Board of Trustees:

Chairperson - Heather Sorensen

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 Heather was involved with Girl Guides for over thirty years as a leader of girls and adults. She lead girls of all ages from Pippins, Brownies, Guides, and Rangers in both active units and Lone Units (working by correspondence due to girls living remotely). Heather was also a trainer and so was involved as a learning and development facilitator for leaders at levels from local and regional to national and international levels. 

Heather served on the Board of Trustees for the school that her children attended when they lived on the North Island. She was also involved in the Parents Association of the Correspondence School when they first moved to Marlborough. She has always supported the schools that her children have attended.

For many years, Heather has been a member of Rural Women New Zealand. She has been involved at local branch level, Provincial and Regional levels, taking on various leadership roles at each level. The organisation regularly has projects to support causes, particularly those that have a focus on the rural community. Heather has also used her facilitation skills on various occasions within the organisation. Heather was also a member of Toastmasters for several years.

Over the years, Heather has had a range of paid jobs which she has combined with volunteering. Of note has been her involvement with both Plunket and Playcentre. 

Heather is a wife, mother of four wonderful adult children, and grandmother to 6.5 delightful grandchildren. Her family are her top priority and her focus in life. Heather lives rurally in the Awatere Valley and is a local marriage celebrant.


 Deputy Chairperson - Terri Hendriks


Terri has always been involved in many aspects of the sporting community, not just as an athlete but also as a volunteer - coach, judge, umpire and committee member.

After graduating from Otago University with a degree in Physical Education, she headed off to Sydney where she managed one of the country's largest gymnastics clubs.

Wanting to return to grassroots community sport in New Zealand, Terri returned to Marlborough and worked with the Regional Sports Trust, coordinating a talent development programme, leading coach education, and supporting initiatives to improve governance in local sports organisations.  


Secretary - Beth Barnes


Beth runs her own business here in Marlborough the flexibility that this affords her enables her to follow another passion - volunteering. 

When not working in her business, and training other businesses and organisations to use Social Media and Technology Tools, she can often be found in one of her volunteer positions. Beth is the coordinator for the Hospice Marlborough Pre-Christmas Peek organising committee and the organiser of High Tea in the Garden, the 'little sister' event. Beth's administrative skills are put to use as the Secretary of Selmes Garden Trust, taking monthly minutes as well as assisting them with the management of their own Facebook page.

Beth is also involved in the business community, with Business Mentors New Zealand as a mentor, and as the coordinator of The Ladies Network Room, a monthly breakfast for business ladies in Marlborough to meet, be inspired and meet others in similar situations.

Oscar and Vincent are Beth's red Burmese cats. These two boys are therapy cats and go out visiting on a regular basis. They have spent time at Marlborough Hospice and currently visit Alzheimer's Marlborough on a regular basis, handing out and enjoying the cuddles.

Treasurer - Carrie Robinson

Carrie is a born-and-bred Marlburian. She works full time as a Senior Customer Services Rep in a busy local call centre. Carrie has spent the last two years studying towards a towards an Accounting Technician qualification. She has already achieved certificates in business administration, business management, accounts admin, and payroll.

Carrie officially joined the Volunteer Marlborough governance board at our AGM in September 2018. Volunteer Marlborough is her first taste of volunteering on a board of trustees and she is looking forward to helping the community through this opportunity. When she is not working or studying she enjoys spending time with family and friends.



 Trustee - Anita Overgaauw

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Anita emigrated to New Zealand in 2005 from The Netherlands. In 2008, she arrived in Blenheim to study Oenology and Viticulture. Since then, Anita has held several positions within and outside of the wine industry and had her own online business management company.

In The Netherlands, Anita was an active volunteer with Amnesty International and in AIDS Communication and Education for a city partnership in Cameroon, Africa. She also did several door-to-door collections for different charities.

Anita spends her leisure time walking, reading and travelling.

That is, if she is not doing Public Relations for Sunbelt Toastmasters. 


Trustee - Melissa Haylock 


Melissa was born and raised on Auckland's North Shore and moved to Blenheim with her husband in 2012. 

She started her volunteering life as a Girl Guide Leader in her late teens. She qualified as a Secondary School teacher in 2004 but no longer works in that field. Since moving to Marlborough she has been involved with volunteering for the SPCA and the ASB Theatre.

She works part time as an office administrator for Age Concern, where she loves being able to help people. 

Melissa loves hanging out with her dog, reading anything she can get her hands on, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.


seeking board members!

Are you invested in your community? Are you passionate about the power of volunteering?

We are looking for Board Members to join the Volunteer Marlborough team!

If you would like to help us get the word out about volunteering; help make those connections in the community; assist in making the strategic decisions to keep Volunteer Marlborough going in the right direction - then we want to hear from you!

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you're keen - maybe include a bit of a bio. We'll send you back a description of what exactly the role of 'Board Member' entails.

We'd love to hear from all those community minded people out there who want to help and might have some skills to offer!

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25 Alfred Street
Blenheim 7201, Marlborough 
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Thurs: 10AM - 4:30PM

Fri: 10AM - 2PM

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