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

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Poppy norton

Chief EXECUTIVE officer

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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Holly Norton

Chief community officer

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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Rachel Tilghman

Chief Operating Officer

Throughout her career, Rachel has specialised in communications, engagement, and strategic leadership, and has a knack for futuristic thinking with an organisational slant. Fiercely inspired by Frances 'Baby' Houseman and a bit of Hermione Granger, Rachel has long been passionate about empowering others, bringing people together, and doing good. She is excited to join the team and combine her professional experience with her enthusiasm for what ‘could be’ to help drive Collaborate forward.

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Ashvin Govind

Product Lead

Ash from a young age was involved in volunteering and giving back to the community. Wanting to have a greater impact to the community, he joined Collaborate to connect more people with volunteering, connect with like minded people, and enable a better society. Spending the last 10 years in the IT industry, Ash ensures the Collaborate platform is fit for purpose now and into the future.

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Sam Harris

Chief Financial Officer


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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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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Jaid Van Den Berg

Nelson Regional Lead

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Matt Lattin

Nelson Regional Lead


Special Projects

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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. 

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Sandy Isaac

Corporate Volunteering Lead

Sandy is passionate about solving problems to create high impact outcomes. She is very familiar with the corporate world and understands the needs of businesses. She believes that the Collaborate team can create an awesome solution to bridge the gap between staff availability and skills and the diverse needs of organisations needing the community’s support.



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Ceara McAuliffe BIckerton

User Experience COnsultant

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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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.