Our Staff

Social Worker - Meg

Kia ora,

My name is Meg and I am a social worker here at Cholmondeley. I originally hail from a little coastal village just north of Dunedin but have been settled here in Ōtautahi for a while now and I think my heart has decided to call it home.

I have been privileged to work in the space of child and family social work for the past several years and am passionate about seeing Aotearoa’s young people recognise and activate their unique strengths. It is exciting to now be a part of the team here at Cholmondeley and supporting our whānau to thrive.

When I’m not working you can find me either chasing the best second-hand deal or a spectacular view.


Fundraising and Marketing Manager - Tanya Cooke

I have over 10 years’ experience working for children’s charities in the UK, USA and here in New Zealand.

My roles have included Operations, Business Development and Fundraising for Make-A-Wish Foundation, Child Cancer Foundation - NZ, Barnardo’s - UK and The Joshua Tree - UK.

I am also a Board of Trustee for Graeme Dingle Foundation - Canterbury and Big Brothers Big Sisters New Zealand and I am extremely passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of children and their families.

In my spare time I enjoy hanging out and watching basketball with my three children Ryan (15), Alana (13) and Lewis (10).

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Practice Manager - Holly Whitaker

Kia Ora,

I am Holly and I have the privilege of being the Practice Manager at Cholmondeley Children’s Centre. I initially joined Cholmondeley in the role of Team Leader, working directly with the children and I am now fortunate to use the skills developed in that space to lead a fantastic team of experienced individuals in helping to enhance the wellbeing of the tamariki of Canterbury.

Prior to working at Cholmondeley I have worked with children and young people for 6 years, in New Zealand, Tanzania, Malta and the UK. I have a huge passion for making each individual child feel special and having their strengths recognised.

I love the outdoors and enjoy tramping, skiing, windsurfing and dancing in my spare time.


Learning Facilitator - Dana Kloss

Dana has been a part of the Cholmondeley whanau for the past two and half years. Dana immigrated to New Zealand from Canada in 2010 with her husband and three daughters. She has spent the past 30 years working with children in both residential and educational settings

Dana loves being in the great outdoors, hiking, kayaking, swimming, gardening and skiing. She thinks its awesome living in a place where great hiking trails and the oceans are on our doorsteps. 

She really enjoys music, singing, playing guitar, ukulele and a bit of piano. When she isn't out enjoying nature she can often be found at the ice rink watching her daughter play hockey. 



Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator - Kathryn Eagle

I’ve been working at Cholmondeley since March 2018 as part of the awesome fundraising and marketing team. My career background strangely enough, started in banking, but after completing a qualification in public relations and a stint in internal communications I moved into a staff and community engagement role. I found this to be a great fit as I’d been volunteering for a children’s cancer charity for many years and it gave me a platform from which I could organise and encourage others to get involved in raising funds and volunteering for community groups. I love helping to make a difference!

Outside work I enjoy reading, biking or going for walks, eating out with friends, gardening and hanging out with my family - Richard (hubby) and my two high energy kids, Elena and Henry. 


Sponsorship & Engagement Coordinator - Sally-Ann Fitzhardinge

Kia Ora

I joined the Fundraising and Marketing team back in  2019 as the Marketing Co-ordinator and have recently moved into the Sponsorship and Engagement space which I am loving – connecting passionate people with our organisation is such a rewarding role . I have a background in Marketing and Customer Experience in the corporate sector both in NZ and Australia and have loved the change of sectors. I love working for an organisation that is so passionate about making a difference to the lives of Canterbury children.

I am fortunate to live and work in Governors Bay and outside of work I love exploring the Banks Peninsula. I moved to NZ with my family from Australia 6 years ago so I am still getting out and about and seeing how beautiful NZ is.


Care Coordinator - Melanie Gresty

Hi there, 

My name is Melanie but most people call me Mel. 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 my son Elliott. I have a daughter too who is travelling around the world at the moment. In my spare time i enjoy walking around the Port Hills, exploring the beautiful South Island and watching movies. 

I'm looking forward to meeting you guys and introducing you to the fun cool things we do here at Cholmondeley. 


Caretaker - Steve Gresty


My name is Steve and I am the caretaker at Cholmondeley. 

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 her 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. 


Child & Youth Care Team Leader - Jeanne Pierson

Kia Ora! My name is Jeanne

I started at Cholmondeley in 2019 as a relief CYCP. My role now is team leader, a position I love. I am a mum of 4 and grandmother of 3.

In the past I have volunteered with victim support, special Olympics and IHC.  

I have studied child and adolescence psychology for many years and worked in roles that encourage best practices for our tamariki. It is a subject that is embedded within me and so very important to Aotearoa.

At home my role of mum and grandmother fills my heart. I am an avid reader and love exercising. Though sometimes I will find any excuse not to exercise.  


Child & Youth care Team Leader - Lisa Hurry

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 & Youth Care Practitioner - Alice Moore

Kia Ora Koutou

Ko Alice toku ingoa. I am one of the Child Youth Care Practitioners  here at Cholmondeley Children’s Centre. I work here part time and am also studying a Bachelor of Criminal Justice at The University of Canterbury.

I enjoy adventuring and spending time in the great outdoors- and what a pleasure it is to be able to do that with the wonderful tamariki at CCC. When I am not at work or studying, you’ll likely find me out for brunch with some girlfriends, spending time with my husband James and our families, or out on an adventure with friends.

I look forward to meeting you and showing you all the wonderful things we get up to here at Cholmondeley!


Child and Youth Care Practitioner - Chloe Mikaera

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 learnt skills into action. I love taking part in outdoor activities and all sorts of sports in my spare time so I love running round with all the kids and having a heap of fun whilst doing it.


Child & Youth Care Practitioner - Jon Whaanga-Chapman

Tena koutou katoa e te iwi

Ko Jon toku ingoa, no Ngati Rongomaiwahine ahau. Ko au te reo o nga tamariki o te wa o muri nei.

I am a Kaiawhina at Cholmondeley Childrens Centre and have been since February. Prior to this I was a Youth Worker for a number of years at a residence specializing in therapeutic intervention. My strengths lie in adventure based learning, te mahi I roto I Te Ao Maori, building positive rapport and trust with our tamariki, playing and creating music and cooking/baking. I do this mahi because its an honor in itself to be part of someone’s hikoi ki te Ao Marama.

He waka eke noa