Our Staff


Toni Tinirau 4

General Manager - Toni Tinirau

He mihi nui ki a koutou! Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, ko Waiapu to awa, ko Ngāti Porou rāua Ngati Hāmoa te iwi, ko Toni Tinirau toku ingoa, ko Ōtautahi ahau.

I have worked in social services for over 20 years. My focus has been in hauora Māori and growing strong communities within the Mental Health and Addictions sector. I am very privileged to lead a team whose focus is supporting whānau and ensuring their tamariki leave our respite service with enhanced wellbeing.

My ‘why’ is my own whānau and all that encompasses their needs, having 8-year-old twins provides me with a daily insight into the minds of tamariki, their aspirations, what concerns them, and dreams for their futures.  

 

Katie McCullough 2

Operations 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.

katie@cholmondeley.org.nz
Lisa Hurry 2

Practice Manager - Lisa

Kia ora,

I'm Lisa a Practice Manager 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.  

Jodie Gill 2

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.

JodieG@cholmondeley.org.nz
Meghan Beamish

Community Team Lead - 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.

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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!

michael@cholmondeley.org.nz
Steve

Caretaker - Steve Gresty

Hello, 

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. 

Mel

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.

Maezee Burgess

Whanau Ora Navigator - Maezee

Kia Ora,

I’m Maezee a Whanau Ora Navigator at Cholmondeley. I am connected with our Cholmondeley whanau in their whare and community walking together to identify and reach their dreams and aspirations. I love to connect in a genuine and holistic way with our whanau, seeing them take the steps in a plan they designed.
I keep my cup full by spending time with my whanau, being silly and laughing at myself, yoga, pottery, and plenty of chill Maezee time.

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

Hi! 

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. 

 

Chloe

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

Practice Team Leader - 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.

Ngā Manaakitanga

Evie

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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!

Alice Tonks 2

Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Alice

Kia ora

I Joined the Cholmondeley whanau at the beginning of 2022 as a part of the care team. Prior to Cholmondeley I worked as a residential youth worker at Barnardos and continue to volunteer for Te Mapua Child and Youth Trust. I have always had a passion for working with children and youth and love the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing kids at CCC. 

Dion McCormick

Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Dion

Kia Ora, ko Dion ahau.

I am truly blessed to be working with the tamariki at Cholmondeley sharing many a hug, laugh, story and adventure with these gorgeous little treasures. Playing games, giving encouragement, teaching new skills and being part of this nurturing and enriched environment here at Cholmondeley and watching positive growth flourish within our young ones is such an honour.

I enjoy people, nature, music, motorbikes, driving, learning, arts and crafts and fashion. 

Nga manaakitanga

Carole Rodden

Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Carole

Originating from “ Bonnie Scotland “ I came out to New Zealand in 1992 with another sister to surprise our older sister who was getting married !!!!!

Needless to say, I fell in love with beautiful Aotearoa and emigrated in 1993.

Prior to coming out to New Zealand I spent seven years working in the first home/school for Autistic and Non-Communicating Children. I then trained and qualified as a Social Worker and worked one year in Scotland before joining Child Youth and Family service here in New Zealand as a Care and Protection Senior Social Work Practitioner.

I then trained and qualified as a Counsellor and Secondary Teacher here in New Zealand spending seventeen years working in schools both here and in Singapore.

My passion has always been the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people and with the provision of this, comes their ability to reach their full potential.

It is a pleasure and privilege to be a member of the fabulous team here at Cholmomdeley who all share the same aspirations and hopes for our tamariki and their whānau.

Clare McElligatt

Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Clare

Kia ora, my name is Clare. I moved to Christchurch from Colorado in 2018 and love it so much that I have been here ever since! I began my journey at Cholmondeley as a work placement while I was studying social work at Ara. After my placement ended, I didn’t want to part with the children or mahi so I decided to join the team full time as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner. I have worked in child care settings for years including a therapeutic horse riding centre for children with disabilities. I love getting to create meaningful relationships with tamariki and getting to see how much they grow! In my free time, I like to play music and explore this beautiful country! 

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Child & youth Care Practitioner - Claudia

Kia ora,

My name is Claudia and I’m so grateful to be a child and youth care practitioner at Cholmondeley! It feels great to work for a child-centred organisation that makes a positive difference in so many lives.

As a night shift kaimahi I make sure that Tamariki are safe and secure during their nights at Cholmondeley, and communicate with my coworkers so we can effectively meet the needs of each child.

When I’m not working, I am studying towards my masters degree in child and family psychology and spending time with loved ones

Dejay Davidson

Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Dejay

Kia ora ,my name is Dejay. I feel privileged to work alongside Cholmondeley to help our tamariki grow, explore and thrive in the beautiful Te Whakaraupō harbour. I have worked previously as a rock climbing instructor and social worker, and always feel inspired by the great outdoors. Working with tamariki is a blessing and helps remind us about the magic moments in every day! 

Jess Parish 1

Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Jess

Kia ora, my name is Jess. I am one of the CYCP's at Cholmondeley. I come from a construction background, and I am now fulfilling my dream of working with tamariki! Providing support and care for our tamariki in a fun and safe environment is amazing. I love my job every single day as each day is a different experience. 

I feel blessed to be part of this organisation, in a team of such caring people. 

Olivia Meek

Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Olivia

I joined Cholmondeley in September 2021 working within the care team as a night staff. I enjoy this role as I’ve found tamariki need a different level of compassionate care so that they feel safe, happy, and comfortable in having a full night's sleep, ready for what fun activities await them in the day.


Prior to this I graduated from the University of Canterbury as a qualified primary teacher in 2020 and volunteered at RDA (Riding for the disabled Christchurch) for a period of time. Both of these pursuits have given me a toolbox that I continue to use in this job today. I have always found joy in working with children and find it such a privilege to be working with such an amazing organization, although I work nights my job is never boring and I always look forward to seeing our wonderful tamariki in the morning.