Our Staff


Chief Executive - Arron Perriam

Cholmondeley are really pleased to welcome Arron Perriam, formerly Rata Foundation, to our Cholmondeley whanau in the role of Chief Executive. 

Previous to Cholmondeley, Arron was Business Operations Manager at Rata Foundation, having previously had roles at Foodstuffs, New Zealand Spinal Trust (for eight years including roles as National Manager and then Managing Director) and before that at the Salvation Army where he held various roles from starting as a Community Youthworker, to Youth Services Manager to Team Leader.  He is also currently Board Chair of the Burwood Academy of Independent Living which is based at Burwood Hospital and undertakes Health, Serious Spinal and Brain injury research.  Prior to that he was a Committee member of Te Komiti Whakahaere for six years, an organisation focused on the promotion of Maori health, and he also had six years on the Merrin School Board of Trustees including three as Chair.

Arron has recently been awarded the Institute of Directors Emerging Directors Award, part of which will see him as an intern on the Board of Pegasus Health, and as an aside has been selected for the NZ Masters Crossfit Team and will be competing in an event in Australia in October.

Arron brings a wide array of skills to Cholmondeley with his appointment including experiences from his previous roles in leading and coaching teams,  developing business cases, negotiating service agreements, relationship management, strategy development and putting processes and resources in place.  He has been involved in the not-for-profit industry for nearly 25 years and has also been a marriage celebrant for the last 20 years. 


Fundraising & Marketing Manager - Tanya Cooke

Originally from the UK, Tanya Cooke has joined Cholmondeley as our Fundraising & Marketing Manager.

“I am incredibly passionate about children and the charity sector, and I’m excited to join the team.”

Tanya has significant experience in fundraising, business development, corporate engagement and event management with a range of children's charities which include:  Child Cancer Foundation NZ, Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Joshua Tree and Barnardo's UK. Through this experience, she has gained a solid understanding of income generation within the charity sector.

In her spare time, she enjoys all aspects of family life with her husband and three energetic young children.

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Practice Manager - Jolene Hunter

Jolene, originally from Greymouth is a registered Social Worker who comes to Cholmondeley Children’s Centre after spending six and half years based in Nelson as a Child and Family Services Social Worker, Team Leader and Service Manager for Barnardos covering the top of the South Island. Jolene completed her Social Work Degree at NMIT and Post Graduate Study through Massey University.  She brings to practice a strong focus on the voice and needs of children and their whanau. Her passion for trauma informed practice has been enhanced by both personal and professional experience in the positive effects of these key theories.

“My time at Barnardos has given me an opportunity to gain experience and understanding of the day to day issues and struggles of many families. I have been privileged to be involved in a number of working groups as part of service development groups which have led me to have a strong commitment and focus on offering trauma informed practice to children and families.”


Family/Whanau Support Worker - Amanda Sherpa

Originally from Devon in the South West of England, Amanda arrived in New Zealand in 2013 with her husband and two young boys.

Her last role in the UK was working as a qualified Teacher Aid in groups and in one-on-one settings transitioning children in to more specific learning environments that met their holistic needs. Prior to this much of Amanda's work was within environmental sustainability, an interest sparked by extensive travel around the World.

"Upon arriving in this beautiful part of the World, Cholmondeley stood to me as the place to resume work, once my youngest son began school. The ethos and core values of this organisation align strongly with my own values - ‘value our children’ being the foundation of this and the fact that we do this in a very practical sense makes Cholmondeley Children’s Centre a very special place to contribute to.”

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Business Support Manager - Carolyn Stiles

Carolyn's role at Cholmondeley is really varied and, as the name suggests, she supports the organisation but in lots of different ways. On any given day you could find Carolyn looking at our finances, debating fundraising campaigns with the Sustainability Team, helping with recruitment or making sure the building is the right temperature for all the tamariki and staff – each day is different and very interesting and she thoroughly enjoys it.

Carolyn is from the UK (West Wales) where she spent about 11 years working for a bank and then 11 years working for one the UK’s biggest insurance companies. After taking some time out to migrate to New Zealand and have a baby, she then stepped into a general management role at SportsMed based in Christchurch. Carolyn also has a number of year’s governance experience having sat on Boards for organisations both in the UK and New Zealand.

"I’ve found a great philosophy throughout my life is 'Always treat others as you would want to be treated yourself'. So whether you are communicating with children, whānāu, community, staff or whoever - just doing all those things that you would want from them usually makes for a winning combination."

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Practice Team Leader - Johno Harris

Originally from Nelson but now living locally in Governors Bay, Johno is a registered social worker who also has a background in outdoor education. 

Johno works alongside our Te Kairuruku Mahi Matatoa/Adventure Based Learning Coordinator, and education and care staff to plan and lead the integrated education programme. This includes outdoor adventure and experiential activities that promote wellbeing and learning, develop skills, confidence, and are fun.

“It is a wonderful time to be part of the team at Cholmondeley, there are so many positive things happening and I am really excited to be making a contribution.”