Meet our Staff

Gillian White, Manager, Volunteer South: Central Lakes

GillianWhiteUK born Gillian has worked for Volunteer South: Central Lakes (formally Volunteering Central) since its inception in 2011, juggling work with looking after her two children. She has worked with volunteers for over twenty years in a range of roles including full time volunteering, offender programmes and social service settings.

Gillian loves working in this vibrant part of the country with such a range of exciting, meaningful and rewarding opportunities for volunteers to get involved in. She is passionate about everyone being able to volunteer no matter what their background, experience or circumstances.

Kirsty Miles, Connections Coordinator:

KirstyHey team! My name is Kirsty and I’m really excited to introduce myself as the  Connections Coordinator for Volunteer South: Central Lakes! I am a friendly, positive and bubbly Brit who landed in NZ nearly 6 years ago. I have been a keen volunteer since I was a teenager, have worked in a variety of jobs roles in the administration, marketing and education fields and always made the most of where I have lived in the world!

Having spent the past 3 years living in Queenstown, my sense of belonging in the community was definitely enhanced when I started voluntarily running the Wakatipu Girl Guides in 2016; which I still love. I have a genuine interest and passion in people and local community so am really excited about using my skills and energy to help develop Volunteer South: Central Lakes and can’t wait to meet you all in due course!

​Support staff based in Dunedin at Volunteering Otago.

Leisa de Klerk, Manager, Volunteer South.

Leisa has been the manager of Volunteering South since 2019 and comes to the organisation through a varied background in teaching, peace and conflict and volunteer management. Born in NZ, with South African family, and having lived in India and Korea, Leisa is passionate about diversity, inclusion and community engagement. She is the proud mother of 2 boys, and also works at Methodist Mission Southern and is a national executive member for Pregnancy Help National.

Claire Van Loom Sin, Supported Volunteering & Officer Volunteer Coordinator


Claire is a kiwi born of English and Dutch heritage. Working in the Health and Disability field since she was a teenager Claire began working with volunteers in the mid 1990’s.

Claire is based in Dunedin at Volunteer South.