Meet Our Team

Miranda Whitwell, Operations Coordinator

With a background in Nursing, I’ve recently become the Operations Coordinator for CCIS. I have 3 children and live in Tauranga. 

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Elizabeth McGougan, EBoP Field Officer

I joined Complex Chronic Illness Support at a Field Officer in 2017 after participating in the Towards Wellness Programme.  

Having worked as a Television producer prior to developing ME/CFS in 2005, my lived experience has been very valuable in supporting our clients in the Eastern Bay.  

I have enjoyed being part of the growth of CCIS Towards Wellness Programme and find real satisfaction in supporting our clients to learn more about their unique wellness journeys.  

I live rurally near my extended family near Whakatane, but regularly head over to work with the team throughout the region. 

Charlotte Kelp, WBOP Field Officer

Hi, my name is Charlotte Kelp, I am a mum of four and have recently completed a Bachelor in Community Health majoring in public health. With my own diagnosis of ME/CFS, I have some insight into how challenging life can be with this illness. However, I believe that quality of life can be improved with understanding of the condition, support and holistic management. I am determined to raise awareness of ME/CFS and passionate in supporting and empowering others on their personal journey with this illness. I feel very privileged to be working alongside you and look forward to meeting you. 

Our Board

Keith Appleton – Board President

and Treasurer

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Matt Appleton - Vice President

It is truly an honour for me to be a part of an organisation that does so much to help provide its membership with up to date information, life adjustment skills, care and support.  The team we have working in those areas are second to none in my opinion and I’m very proud of what they accomplish every day.

I grew up in Auckland and moved to Tauranga five years ago with my extended family. Although I am a Hair Stylist and Makeup artist by trade, I really come from a business background having owned several successful businesses in different fields from the age of eighteen onwards. The stress and effort I put my body through in those early days building my businesses along with having a severe case of Glandular Fever at twenty one left my body and immune system somewhat debilitated, resulting in me developing unknown and undiagnosed illness symptoms from the age of approx twenty five. My symptoms became worse over the next seven years and I found little help, answers or empathy from the medical fraternity until finally being diagnosed by Dr. Ros Vallings (leading medical expert in NZ) with M.E/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis commonly referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). I have lived with this condition and other associated illnesses for another ten years since then, so I can relate to most of the membership and their struggles with illness and the issues it creates for us. Since joining the membership at CCIS I have completed the “Towards Wellness Programme” which I have found invaluable. I have also volunteered in various positions within the organisation which lead me to joining the Board a couple of years ago. I am very proud of the important work we do here and I look forward to continuing to positively contribute for as long as I am able.

Sarah Davey - Board Member

Sarah is a Tauranga local.  Her initial career practicing law in New Zealand and internationally provided a solid foundation for the next 20 plus years contributing towards the health and well-being of people who live in the Bay of Plenty.  She has lead the growth and development of health and disability services in the Bay of Plenty at senior management and governance levels. She has a particular interest in enabling people with disabilities and chronic health conditions to live well, to their full potential.

She is currently the Manager of Innovation and Change with the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. With her husband Trevor, she is also a Director of Latitude Surveying Limited, a Tauranga based land surveying firm. 

​Trevor and Sarah have three adult children.

David Harris – Board Member

Karen Moulton - Board Member

My professional background is in optometry mainly in the Bay of Plenty region as well as having completed postgraduate study in public health and health promotion. On a professional and personal level, I have seen first hand how conditions that CCIS support can affect people on a daily basis. I am currently volunteering for CCIS in a field officer support role and see the great work the organisation does to support its members. I am looking forward to making a further difference in progressing and promoting the organisation by being a member of the board. 

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