Board Members

Ted Ellens

Ted Ellens

Chairperson

Ted Ellens hails from Dunedin and Timaru. He has held a variety of different employment over the years such as farm labourer, truck/bus driver, grain store staff, grocery manager, area supervisor for an international company, locksmith shop manager, and he retired as a mobile locksmith.

His interests include reading, YouTube for a variety of music - primarily folk & country plus some instrumentals. He has a passion for all things railway related and has been a volunteer with Blenheim Riverside Railway for 16+ years now and is also a member of Nelson Railway Society.

Ted also volunteers for Alzheimers Marlborough as a van driver and with Community Patrols, as well as being a trustee for Volunteer Marlborough. Ted brings to the board a passion to see older, retired persons in voluntary roles that will enhance their social lives, particularly those who have recently moved to Marlborough.

Ros Byrne

Ros Byrne

Deputy Chairperson

Roslyn is a somewhat recent import to the Marlborough region, having arrived in the last 5 years or so. She arrived on NZ shores about 50 years ago from Brisbane and lived in Dunedin for approximately 40 of those years while also travelling other parts of the world during that time. So her journey to Blenheim is from Dunedin via Nelson for a few years.

Her career of 47 years was in IT and, among other roles, she was Sales Director of a Dunedin IT company for nearly 20 of those years. Those 20 years as a director were instrumental in her gaining governance skills and an understanding of the role of working "on" a business instead of "in" the business, and the essential need for planning.

Ros resigned from that company to establish and manage the Dunedin branch of a national IT company which, at the time of her retirement, had a staff count of over 700. The owner and CEO of that company was an award-winning leader in the IT industry and his ability to mentor in the 'art' of governance and provide leadership visions were second to none. She says it was a privilege to work for that compny.

Ros moved with that company to Nelson and then on to the branch here in Blenheim which she says was a wonderful gift as both her daughter and granddaughter are here. She remained with the company until her retirement in September 2018.

Currently, Ros volunteers as a Business Mentor here in Blenheim through Business Mentors New Zealand, and as an Advisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Sharon Blount

Sharon Blount

Treasurer

After a long nine years in the wilderness of Tertiary Education in the North Island Sharon is loving being back in Marlborough!

COVID-19 offered Sharon an opportunity to return to Blenheim and work remotely while being able to support her daughter- an essential worker, & her husband (self-employed roofer) - by looking after her granddaughter one day a week. Not long after that the role of CEO at
Reap Marlborough came up and Sharon was excited by the chance to reengage with the Marlborough communities in the education sector.

Having spent the past 16 years in education management ranging from Operations & Compliance Manager at Onsite Viticulture in Blenheim, Alternative Education Coordinator in the Hawkes Bay, MOE Principal Advisor Secondary Transitions in Napier and, most recently,
Operations Manager of the Whitireia & WelTec Schools of Creativity & Hospitality and campuses in central Wellington she is thrilled to be back “home” in Blenheim.

Sharon's passion is helping those who are finding the secondary to tertiary transition a challenge – vocational guidance and linking with training providers / employment opportunities. This means she has been able to bring a new specialist area to the Reap team of ECE, Schools and Community based support and short course/ taster course programmes.

She is looking forward to growing the scope of community engagement with the team at Reap Marlborough and welcomes any opportunity to meet with their community stakeholders within the Marlborough region.

In addition to her educational work, and being a member of the Volunteer Marlborough board of trustees, Sharon has previously been a member of the Napier Lions Club.

Ang Stanton

Ang Stanton

Trustee

Angelea Stanton (Ang) was born and bred in Marlborough, but has spent time living in Christchurch and Western Australia before returning in 2012 with her husband, Jeff, and her daughters Michaela and Molly.

Ang and her husband own Precision Tyre and Auto, a local automotive and tyre workshop. Ang is the Quality Manager at Ashwood Park and the Chair of the NMDHB Consumer Council. Her passion is health, education, and workforce development. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Business Leadership and Management. Her connection to Volunteer Marlborough began when searching for volunteers to support residents in aged care. She would like to see volunteers recognised and their value increased in our community.

Angelea is a qualified Diversional Therapist spending most of her working life in the healthcare field but has also been employed as a Work Broker for MSD and for a private employment service provider.

In her spare time, Ang enjoys spending time with her family and friends, sampling the local cuisine at our fantastic range of restaurants, and traveling as much as possible with some adventure tourism thrown in.

Michelle Campbell

Michelle Campbell

Trustee

Michelle is Christchurch born and bred. Her connection to Marlborough started with holidays here for a number of years. She moved to Marlborough in 2017 with her husband Barry to manage Marina Cove Retirement village in Picton.

Michelle is also a trustee and secretary for the Picton Trade Aid shop which is where she first heard of Volunteer Marlborough.

Michelle has worked in Aged Care for over 35 years in a number of roles, QA, Educator, and Senior Manager. She has a Diploma in Teaching and has also completed papers in Business, Education and Political Science.

Her spare time is spent with Barry and their dog Eric walking, boating, and enjoying the Marlborough region.

Nate Hanson

Nate Hanson

Trustee

A relatively recent arrival in Blenheim, coming from Christchurch, Nathan has now been in the Marlborough region for 3 years.

Nathan has spent the last decade in hospitality, events, and retail management. During that time, he has managed a la carte restaurants, nightclubs, casino bars, marquees at the Melbourne PGA and Melbourne Cup, celebrity functions at the Melbourne exhibition centre, and giant expos. Nathan has also managed successful retail flagship stores and developed many core, successful teams that have proven to go above and beyond the expectations.

Currently Nathan is the Coordinator/Manager of the Citizens Advice Bureau here in Marlborough. He is also a founding member of Youthline Wairau, a facilitator of the LGBTQ+ group at Marlborough Youth Trust, and is a full-time student at Massey University, pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations.

When not working, studying, or volunteering, Nathan can be found making people laugh, enjoying yummy food, and watching all the cool new shows!