Food for Love Team

Bex Sarginson

Operations Manager

Bex co-founded Food For Love in 2016 and has always held a strong passion for helping others in her community. Together with a growing group of volunteers, they are able to ensure that nobody in the Upper Clutha region goes without nourishment in their time of need. Bex holds strong morals of compassion, understanding, communication and dedication to her role within the charity and is always striving to make a difference in people’s lives. Bex knows pride can get in the way of people being open to accepting help and, for her, seeing how a beautiful home cooked meal can change the lives of those feeling alone and vulnerable, is the ultimate reward. Bringing together a community team of supporters to support those in need is one of her biggest achievements to date.

Phone: 027 365 3350


Jodie Stuart

General Manager

Jodie has lived in Wanaka with her husband Neil since 2019 and is a mum to two young boys – William and Max. She is an established marketing, events and business strategist with over 20 years experience working across a range of sectors including media, tourism, sports marketing, FMCG and charities. Having been involved with charities for most of her life, she brings to Food For Love a wealth of knowledge when it comes to sponsorship, fundraising, volunteering and donor programmes. With a strong background in communications and management, Jodie is an empathic leader with a track record for delivering exceptional results. Having been a very grateful recipient of Food For Love in the past, she is extremely passionate about the values and mission of Food For Love and feels privileged to be part of such a community-minded organisation.

Phone: 027 2927 221


Tracey Pedersen

Admin & Volunteer Support

Tracey is a compassionate, down to earth and community minded admin and communications super star who moved back to Wānaka with her husband Karsten, and three children back in 2019 (after 25 years of being away).

Born and bred in the small village of Kurow, Tracey enjoyed sports and volunteering from an early age, thus instilling an appreciation of ‘giving back’ and understanding that everyone has strengths and skills, which when collaboratively brought together, can have a positive and rewarding effect.

She brings to Food For Love a deep understanding of customer service, fundraising, events and volunteering. All skills which she is eager to put to good use for the wellbeing of the awesome Wānaka community and local whānau.

Tracey is very involved with the Wānaka Rowing club and also works part time at Take Karara.

Phone: 027 678 6718


Food for Love Board Members

Portia Campbell


Portia joined the Food For Love board in 2021, having previously volunteered as a home cook. A mum to two primary school aged children, she and her young family moved to Wānaka in 2017. Portia is a Strategic Business Manager in her corporate role and understands the key role that governance plays in community organisations. She is passionate about ensuring that not-for-profits such as Food For Love benefit from good strategic governance. Portia is also the President of the Wānaka Primary School Netball Club, a Member of the Institute of Directors and has a Masters in Psychology.

Bronwyn McCarthy


Bronwyn started Mighty Efficient in 2012, identifying the Wānaka region’s need for a quality, reliable, bookkeeping service using new Xero accounting technology. Mighty Efficient has been the area’s number one booking service for a number of years, just ask a local. This is due to Bronwyn’s work ethic and ability to relate with everyday Kiwis involved in business, just like she is. She is the Otago Regional Director for the Institute of Certified New Zealand Bookkeepers. Bronwyn is also involved in her husband’s hunting and tourism business, Lake Hawea Hunting Safaris. She assists various local non profit organizations free of charge and is Mum to four amazing girls.

Nicky McCarthy

Board Member

Nicky is a dietitian who works in Wānaka or Queenstown at her private practice NutritionWorks or doing publicly funded clinics for Central Otago Health (Dunstan and Lakes District hospitals). Her first connection with Food For Love was as a volunteer cook before deciding to offer her knowledge and skills to the organisation as a board member. She believes strongly in the Food For Love mission and has two teenagers who also enjoy helping out with meals for the community.

Kim Holland

Board Member

After spending many years holidaying (ie skiing!) in the region, last year Kim and her husband, Glen made Wānaka home. Kim works as an independent contractor on a range of projects for a national industry organisation. She has a wide kete of skills and experiences having previous board experience in the tourism sector, and as the CEO of an industry organisation. Kim is enthusiastic and passionate about what Food For Love does and is keen to work with the board to ensure the sustainability and viability of this amazing organisation.

Monique Mayze

Board Member

Monique is a corporate communications professional with experience in a range of fields, including education, telecommunications, disability services, medicine and public health, engineering, and vocational training. Formerly a ministerial speechwriter, Monique has executed numerous large-scale communication projects including website and brand redevelopments, employee engagement initiatives, system and product launches, and conferences and events. She is currently co-director of a digital marketing company, and since moving to Wānaka with her husband and daughter, also works at Mount Aspiring College managing the college’s communications and marketing. Monique has been a volunteer and community advocate for many years, including as a campaign leader and communications manager for community groups, a grants writer for schools, and as a mentor. She is proud to support the incredible contribution that the Food For Love team of volunteers makes to our Upper Clutha community.

Glenn Peat

Board Member

As 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Glenn has delivered world-leading hospitality consulting services during his career with premium level brands including Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Shangri-La and Hard Rock Hotels International. Key career successes include numerous global 5-star hotel pre-opening assignments and multiple restaurant refurbishment projects. With a wealth of experience in resort and luxury hotel operations in China, India, Australia and New Zealand, Glenn creates indelible experiences for his guests whilst delivering on the brand promise. A dynamic, professional and vibrant leader, Glenn focusses on driving results with a highly engaging and approachable executive leadership style. With a proven global hospitality background, Glenn brings extensive hospitality consulting experience in strategic management, organisational leadership, marketing / business development, risk management, human resources, team and culture development, quality and continuous improvement, multi-site and stakeholder leadership, change management and guest centricity.