Keeping the app and collaboration humming is our volunteer-powered team, based all over New Zealand. 


Leadership Team 

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Holly Norton

Director & co-founder

With a background in grassroots and international development, she looks mostly for opportunities to facilitate collaboration across different parts of government, community groups and individuals. Before directing Collaborate she volunteered with Initiatives of Change and several grassroots initiatives whilst living in Thailand.

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Ceara McAuliffe BIckerton

Product Lead & Co-founder

Ceara has a background in working with start-up companies in New York, Los Angeles and London and is currently working at CreativeHQ in Wellington. She has experience volunteering for both local and international NGO’s. She brings her knowledge of the start-up process and volunteering to inform her work at Collaborate.

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Poppy norton

Community outreach and Marketing specialist & co-founder

Coming from a background in Education and Psychology, Poppy’s work has a large focus on empowering young adults to discover and achieve their full potential. She has a great amount of experience volunteering in the community and brings this knowledge and passion to her role in Collaborate. Poppy's leadership and passion has been recognised and was a recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership award, 2016 and was named a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Women of Influence Awards.

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Sophie harker

Business and Legal Adviser & co-founder

Coming from a background in law and psychology, Sophie is passionate about social enterprise and getting involved in her community.  After working in a law firm in London she is now working at a large law firm in Wellington. She brings her legal knowledge and experience volunteering to her role at Collaborate.


Brand Ambassador 

Alexandra Nott

Brand ambassador - Christchurch

Currently working as a management consultant specialising in human capital, Alexandra is passionate about empowering people to live their purpose and maximise their potential by connecting with their communities. She brings her people and project management skills to Collaborate as one of Christchurch's Brand Ambassadors

Camille wrightson

Brand ambassador - Christchurch

Camille studied Law and Politics, and loved volunteering alongside her classes. After graduating and getting a "real job", it became clear how much more difficult volunteering can be. Enter Collaborate! She brings her legal, organisational and communication skills to promoting Collaborate in Christchurch. 


Media Team

Polina Howe


Originally I'm from Russia, but I lived in New Zealand for almost 10 years. I love the fact that I have two countries to call home. I'm a video editor with over 10 years experience. I love digital storytelling. My biggest passions are the environment and education. If we don't look after our planet, we won't have anything to call home. And if we don't invest in education there won't be any changes for the better.


Special Projects

Alina manko

corporate volunteering lead

Alina has a background in accounting however over recent years after some personal experience through different volunteering opportunities she became really interested in the impact of volunteering on the individual wellbeing.  She brings her curiosity about the power of communities and meeting new people into her role with Collaborate.