Meet The Team




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Poppy norton

Chief EXECUTIVE officer

Poppy has 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 she has been named as one of New Zealand’s most influential young women in 2017 and 2018 and has been awarded a Kiwibank Local Hero Award 2018.

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Holly Norton

Chief community officer

Holly’s mission in life is to facilitate the collective power of people to create social good. This journey has taken her from representing New Zealand in international peace delegations in the Korean Demilitarised Zone and Geneva to becoming a Future of Work and technology expert in the New Zealand Government, to founding Collaborate. She has been nominated for numerous awards including 2019 New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards Young Achiever, MYOB Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2019, Local Hero medalist at New Zealander of the Year Awards 2019 and named Wahine Whetu, Rising Women Star in the Public Sector this year alone.

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Ashvin Govind

CHIEF Product and Technology officer

Ash has been involved in volunteering and giving back to the community from a young age. Wanting to have a greater impact in the community, he joined Collaborate to connect more people with volunteering, connect with like-minded people, and enable a better society. He has extensive experience within the IT industry, spending 7 years within government at a leadership level and 3 years with an international IT service provider. Ash ensures Collaborate’s products and tech are fit for purpose, now and into the future.


Regional Leads


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Abbey Lee

Auckland Regional Lead

Abbey currently works full time as an account manager in fashion, alongside completing her studies in Human Resource Management. She is looking forward to the end of a five year study stint. Abbey is passionate about sustainability and living a minimalistic lifestyle.

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Fathin Doray

Auckland Regional Lead

Fathin Doray is an expert fundraiser and community specialist. Working currently for the Starship Foundation as Corporate Relations Specialist she also brings a wealth of experience from other NGO's having previously been the National Funding Officer for Shakti, as well as volunteering for the UN Women Committee and Initiatives of Change. She is highly experienced at implementing operational sustainability and financial security in stressful and complex environments and has deep knowledge of working in some of New Zealand most vulnerable communities.

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Nat Lydon

AUCKLAND Regional Lead

With a background in the corporate world, specifically within the financial services industry, Nat brings operational, marketing and event management experience to the Collaborate team. For the last 12 months, Nat has been running her own business within the health and wellness industry. She is passionate about helping people in her community and sharing her knowledge and own personal journeys through life to help others get through theirs!

Her why? "My kids - showing them through my journey in life what is possible and teaching them resilience."



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Alexandra Nott

Christchurch Regional Lead

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 Regional Leads.

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Camille wrightson

Christchurch Regional Lead

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. 



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Sophie harker

Business and Legal Adviser

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.

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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.


Join the team

We are always looking for passionate, enthusiastic people to join our nationwide volunteer team. If you love our values and want to drive real change in your community, let us know what you would like to give.


Community is at the heart of everything.
Everybody has a skill that can make a difference.
Volunteering should be easy and fun.