Bellyful Board of Trustees
Bellyful is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees.
After Jacqui's first child was born in 2005, she struggled with anxiety and depression and found the experience of having a baby to be quite lonely and extremely stressful. So many books, so many opinions, but so little practical help! In 2009, after her second child was born, she experienced first-hand the difference it made to have a smiling face arrive on the door step with a meal for dinner. This sparked a vision - networks of women, all over New Zealand, cooking and delivering free meals to families with new babies, and families struggling with serious illness. In 2009, the dream became reality and today it continues to grow as more branches are added to the Bellyful family each year.
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I read about Bellyful in a local newspaper and it immediately struck a chord for me. Our son was born in the UK and even though we had friends & a church 'family' around us it was a very difficult adjustment period.
I'm very excited to be a part of Bellyful and to see the Porirua branch grow. I get goosebumps when I hear the stories of Bellyful recipients - it's fantastic to be able to go some way towards offering support to people going through times of illness or readjustment with a newborn. I enjoy spending time with other Bellyful volunteers who are great, caring people - we have a lot of fun together at fundraising events, meetings and cookathons.
Rebecca is married to David and Mum to James 3 & wee Isabella.
Iris has always been very passionate about business. She holds a MBA degree and has over 10 years of management experience. Today she runs Business Kitchen, a Business Coaching and Training company. Outside work, Iris loves spending time with her family, preferably going for nice family walks in the nature, camping or travelling the world.
Board Chair / Trustee
Leigh has worked as a finance professional for over 25 years, both in the corporate world and not-for-profit sector. She is a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer and her day jobs have included various roles in businesses in Europe, the USA and New Zealand. However, her passions outside of work have included building better communities through her various roles including participation in Parents Centre NZ, the Kindergarten Association NZ, school Parent Teachers Association and various sporting clubs. Leigh has also campaigned for improvements in her local suburb including a safe pedestrian crossing and an improved playground.
Being without family in New Zealand, Leigh has experienced first-hand the kindness of neighbours who brought meals when she was hospitalised with her second child and when she had to fly back to the UK to be with her dying father. Those people who offered support will always hold a special place in her heart and so she has a close connection with the mission of Bellyful.
Leigh, and her husband Kenny, arrived in New Zealand in 2000, expecting to be in New Zealand for 6 months on a working holiday, but they fell in love with the country and have been here ever since - they live in Wellington with their two beautiful daughters and two gorgeous dogs!
Fiona lives on the North Shore with her husband and 2 young boys. She has a background in law, particularly family law litigation, public law and investigations. Fiona has worked in both the private and public sectors and most recently is an investigator with the Office of the Ombudsman, investigating complaints against government agencies. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, swimming in the sea and travelling.
Jennie and her husband Chris have two children, Archer aged 4 and Neve aged 2. The kids keep life busy, interesting, frantic but at all times fun.
Jennie is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years' experience working within both commercial and non for profit sectors. She has extensive experience in financial and strategic management, facilitating organisational change, risk management and human resources.