Our Staff


Chief Executive - Arron Perriam

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa

"I am the Chief Executive of Cholmondeley Children’s Centre in the heart of the beautiful Governors Bay. I lead with my heart wide open and through my values and prejudices, I see the world as an amazing possibility. I am a dreamer, I believe in the genius of others and am happy to follow, stand beside or lead. I am creative; sometimes I am marvellous, and sometimes I can be a muppet! I am always a husband, father and pop, and I hope to make a miraculous world of difference to the lives of our tamariki at Cholmondeley." 

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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."


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

As the Practice Manager of Cholmondeley, I get the privilege of leading and supporting the practice team.  I love this role as it allows me to use my passion for social work, and outwork my basic belief that any role I have in my life needs to have people at the centre. At Cholmondeley I get to spend time every day with the children that we serve in Canterbury as well as supporting a passionate and enthusiastic team.  My favourite thing to do, is something I have never done before whether learning a new skill, trying a new food, visiting a new place or learning about a new topic.  New experiences are a daily occurrence here at Cholmondeley so this makes it a great place to stay and work.


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.”