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. 

Waltraut Speidel, WBOP Field Officer

My husband and I moved to Tauranga 8 years ago from Germany with the purpose to serve the people of Aotearoa.  I started to work in the health area as a caregiver which was an ideal foundation for further study.

Being a passionate advocate for holistic health and wellbeing, I studied Community Health and achieved a Bachelor’s degree.  From my personal and professional background, I recognize the importance of holistic and individual support for people with complex chronic illnesses and feel passionate to be their advocate in all respects.

With experience in various administrative and teacher roles I will bring some valuable knowledge to my new position. I start my new role with great excitement, and I am determined and dedicated to support the clients at CCIS with the utmost service they can get.

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. 

Cherie Reinders, Lakes Field Officer

My name is Cherie Reinders and it is with great pleasure that I introduce myself to you as the new Towards Wellness Field Officer for CCIS BOP based in Rotorua.

I am extremely excited to commence this role as I have an absolute passion to support, inform and/or advocate for individuals and families/whanau to achieve their health goals and live well in the presence or absence of illness, disease, and/or disability.

I am a mother of two young men, my eldest is 14 years of age, and my youngest son is 12. I am a registered social worker and have primarily worked within the health and disability sector.  I have been a social worker for 16 years now and prior to this I was an enrolled nurse. I myself have a health condition – a peripheral neuromuscular disease – and I have a strong empathy and understanding of the challenges of living with the impacts of impaired health. I like to think of wellness as active awareness, continuous learning, active reflection, constant adaptions, choices, and adjustments in all aspects of life, in the pursuit of holistic health and wellbeing  – and that process is a complex journey.

I look forward to meeting you all and am thrilled to be part of this great team and organisation.


Jeremy Nixon – IT Support
Kaye Dickson – Facebook Curator

Our Board

Keith Appleton – Board President

and Treasurer

Matt Appleton – Acting Vice President

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 chi

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