Michelle Kitney has recently been appointed to the role of Chief Executive at Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ). She has worked in a leadership capacity at VNZ for a number of years. Michelle brings to her role a valuable mix of management and leadership skills, and the ability to work collaboratively and innovatively. She has a background in communications, marketing and community engagement, and volunteer leadership. She has previously worked for a social enterprise, in the public sector and within the publishing and training industries and holds several governance leadership roles in the community sector.
During her time at VNZ Michelle has project managed a programme of work that has delivered Rautaki mō Whanaungatanga – A National Strategy to Support Volunteering for Recent Migrants. This is a national strategy to improve the experiences of recent migrant volunteers and promote migrant volunteering best practice across the sector. This programme also delivered two collaborative pilot initiatives. One that directly connects recent migrants with volunteering opportunities through volunteer centres, and a series of workshops that enabled recent migrants to learn more about volunteering opportunities in New Zealand.