Our Staff


General Manager - Robyn Wallace

There are very few organisations in New Zealand that can attest to having provided nearly a century of community service in support of whanau and our tamariki. There are certainly no others that offer the same type of essential care and respite to whanau that Cholmondeley Children’s Centre does. Cholmondeley is like a rare and precious gold nugget and it is this uniqueness, along with my lifelong passion for making a difference, which brought me to this role.

I bring my skills in strategic management and crisis recovery and have an extensive background in roles dedicated to improving health, social, cultural and economic outcomes for whanau and communities. I have held senior executive roles within Ngai Tahu and He Oranga Pounamu, as former trustee on the board of the Rata Foundation and He Waka Tapu and as current trustee for Nga Hau E Wha National Marae, and Chair of Canterbury Integrated Safety Response.

I’m a born and bred Cantabrian who loves to cook, participate in Waka Ama, and spend time with family and friends but especially my three grandchildren. 

There is no better place to be in and therefore no greater reward, than working in an organisation that puts people first, supporting children and whanau to thrive.   


Clinical Operations Manager - Toni Tinirau

He mihi nui ki a koutou! Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, Ko Waiapu to Awa, Ko Ngati Porou raua Ngati Hamoa te iwi, Ko Otautahi ahau, Ko Toni Tinirau toku ingoa.

I have worked in Whānau Ora for over 15 years and in social services and supports for over 20 years. My focus is hauora Māori and growing strong communities.

My ‘why’ is my own whānau and all that encompasses their needs.  I have a postgraduate diploma in Health Sciences, am a registered clinical supervisor and registered practitioner with Drug and Alchol Practitioners Association Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ) and an approved ISSC provider with ACC.

Katie McCullough

Business Manager - Katie McCullough

Kia ora,

I joined Cholmondeley Children’s Centre back in 2017 and have thoroughly enjoyed working here over the past four years. I have so far worked across both the Fundraising and Business space in my time here. In June 2021 I was promoted to Business Manager which allows me to use my experience in Human Resources, Payroll and Finances.  In my spare time, I enjoy getting outdoors and spending quality time with my partner and our two children.

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Fundraising and Marketing Lead - Jodie Gill

I am thrilled to join the Cholmondeley whānau and look forward working alongside the team to continue the mahi of those that have come before us. I bring my experience in partnerships, media and major events, along with my passion and commitment to make a positive contribution within our community for the benefit of our tamariki and their whānau.

I, along with my husband and two now grown up children are fortunate to have lived in some of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand and for the past seven years call Ōtautahi home.


Fundraising Coordinator - Michael Heywood

I joined the Cholmondeley team in September 2020 working within the Care Team. After 8 months in that role, I have been offered a position in the Marketing and Fundraising Team as a Fundraising Coordinator where I am in position to tell Cholmondeley’s amazing story to our supporters, old and new.

Prior to my time at Cholmondeley, I worked within local government as a Community and Economic Development Advisor. During my time in this role I had a primary focus on Community Wellbeing and Funding, so I am thrilled to be able to apply this knowledge for Cholmondeley.

I have always had the desire to help others and feel blessed to be in a position within an organisation that does so much amazing work for so many amazing people. I am really looking forward to getting into full swing in the role so that we can create new opportunities for the organisation, as well as the whānau and tamariki that make us who we are!


Caretaker - Steve Gresty


If you see anything that needs fixing, just let me know. I am from the UK but moved to New Zealand in January 2010. I am married to Mel, who also works at Cholmondeley and have a son & daughter. 

I am a very passionate Manchester City and England fan but I enjoy watching most sports. I also like tramping, exploring New Zealand with my family and secretly am a Star Wars geek. 


Care Coordinator - Melanie

Kia ora,
My name is Melanie but most people call me Mel. I am the Care Coordinator here at Cholmondeley. My role mainly involves booking stays for tamariki and administration for new whānau.
Before Cholmondeley I worked for many years with children on the spectrum, supporting their whānau with respite.

I am from England originally but moved to New Zealand in January 2010. I live with my hubby Steve (who is the caretaker here at Cholmondeley) and our Son. Our Daughter is currently travelling around the world at the moment.In my spare time, I enjoy walking around the Port Hills, exploring the beautiful South Island, reading, and watching movies.

I absolutely love being part of the Cholmondeley whānau and all that it is doing. I can’t imagine working anywhere else.

Meghan Beamish

Clinical Social Worker - Meg

Kia ora tima,

I’m the Clinical Social Worker here at Cholmondeley and feel so blessed that I get to call this headland my office! I am passionate about empowering whānau resilience and have spent much of my professional life supporting the attainment of this through child and family behavioral interventions, I also bring experience in community development, financial mentoring, and the coordination of multidisciplinary teams.

When I’m not working you can usually find me sharing food and stories with friends, or chasing a spectacular view.

It’s such a privilege to be a part of the Cholmondeley whānau and the mahi we get to do here.

Nicole Mulcahy

Ako Awhi - Nicole

Ko Nicole Toku ingoa

As a Kaiako Awhi at Cholmondeley, I help with outdoor activities in kura and in the holidays. My favourite thing about Cholmondeley is getting to hang out with amazing tamariki.

I love kayaking and being in the moana (ocean), and exploring our wonderful country.

Nat Halliday

Learning Facilitator - Nat


My name is Nat and I have been a Learning Facilitator in Kura at Cholmondeley since 2019. I have been a teacher for over 20 years and have taught in New Zealand, the UK, and The Cook Islands. I moved to NZ from the UK in 2010 and live in Lyttelton/Ōketeupoko with my wife Julia, our 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 3 chickens!

When I’m not at Cholmondeley you will find me skateboarding, playing records on my radio show in Lyttelton, driving around in my old VW, making notebooks, or drawing on things. 



Child and Youth Care Senior Team Leader - Lisa

Kia ora,

I'm Lisa a Team Leader here at Cholmondeley. I work directly with the tamariki,  supporting them to make the most of their stay and the opportunities presented. I'm passionate about making sure each child has the opportunity to "shine" in whatever form that may be. 

Before joining Cholmondeley I worked in an education setting for many years supporting tamariki in all areas of their education from reading writing and maths, through to cooking, gardening and wellbeing. I have a strong belief in children being able to follow their own passions and curiosities, through these allowing them to build self-confidence and pride.  

When I'm not at Cholmondeley I enjoy sharing time with my family and friends, walking my two dogs, being in my vegetable garden, drawing and reading.  

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Child and Youth Care Team Leader - Holly

My Name is Holly, and I am a Child and Youth Care Team Leader here at Cholmondeley. I love my role and the privilege I  have of  working alongside the children. My role changes daily, from going on adventures with the children around the local area, to sitting and playing Lego with a child chatting about anything from life to telling riddles.

Previously to this role I worked as a Youth worker, a Children's Football Coach and did voluntary work overseas.

When I'm not at Cholmondeley, I enjoy spending time with my Husband, watching movies, going for walks with our little Dog or doing DIY projects around the house. 


Refocus Youth Worker - Chloe

Tena kotu katoa

Ko Puhangatohora te Maunga

Ko Punakitere the Awa

Ko Okorihi te Marae

Ko Ngatiueoneone te Hapu

Ko Ngapuhi te Iwi

No Otautahi ahau

Ko Brent Mikaera raua ko Kirsten Mikaera oku Matua

Ko Chloe Mikaera toku ingoa

My name is Chloe and I am working at Cholmondeley Children’s Centre as a CYCP. As I am just finishing a degree in Sociology, Human Services, and Maori and Indigenous Studies I am feeling so grateful that I am getting to put these learned skills into action. I love taking part in outdoor activities and all sorts of sports in my spare time so I love running around with all the kids and having a heap of fun whilst doing it.

Evie Gard

Senior Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Evie

Kia ora koutou

My name is Evie and I’m a Child and Youth Care Practitioner here at Cholmondeley. I joined the team in 2020 and have the privilege of working with the incredible tamariki that come to Cholmondeley every day. I’m really passionate about the mahi we do here in helping tamariki to build resilience and achieve their own personal goals. When I’m not working, you’ll find me spending time outdoors, camping or practicing yoga.

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Senior Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Ruby

Kia Ora Cholmondeley whānau!

My name is Ruby, and I am so lucky to be working at Cholmondeley Children’s Centre full time. I love forming friendships with tamariki and playing Uno especially! Outside of work I enjoy tramping, and being in the kitchen baking, which I also love doing alongside the children as well. Working at Cholmondeley makes me excited to go to work everyday!