Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

Meet the Team

Staff Members

Western Bay of Plenty Field Worker / Social Worker - Cheryl Standring

My name is Cheryl Standring and I am a Field Worker at BOPMS.


I have a Social Work background and have been in this role for almost 8 years now. My previous work was supporting families in Mental Health.I am employed to support people in the WBOP with MS & HD.


I am passionate about supporting people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and Huntingtons Disease. I grew up in a family with chronic illness which has given me an understanding of the journey, both for the person diagnosed and also the family.


I work 30 hours a week, which I do Monday to Thursday. As I am in and out of the office it is best to contact me on my mobile or leave me a message and I will get back to you asap.


I look forward to hearing from you with any queries.


Cheryl Standring – MANZASW


Mobile: 027 221 9977, Email:


Eastern Bay of Plenty Field Worker - Max Hollis
My name is Max Hollis and I am the Eastern Bay of Plenty Fieldworker at BOPMS working eight hours per week.

I was born and raised in Whakatane and have ventured out into the big wide world a few times but I always come back to this neck of the woods. It is a hard place to beat.

For the past 15 years I have worked in various roles in the Health and Disability sector including Advocacy, as a Liaison Officer, Case Manager, Team Leader and Life Coach. These positions have allowed me the opportunity to support people with Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s Disease and other neurological disorders.

On a personal level I have also experienced the result of chronic illness while supporting a family member through their journey and the ripple effect this has on their loved ones. I believe the experience I have gained both professionally and privately will stand me in good stead in helping our members achieve their goals.

Max Hollis

Mobile: 027 571 6898, Email:

Office Manager - Rachelle Atherton

Hello, my name is Rachelle Atherton and I am very excited to be the BOP MS Society's Office Manager.


My husband Scott and our two young children, Jude and Abbey, relocated from Hamilton to Tauranga mid 2014.  Scott is from Melbourne, Australia so when our kids grow up they will have a battle on their hands trying to decide whether to play for the All Blacks / Silver Ferns or Wallabies / Diamonds!


My background is in Office Administration where I spent most of my working life to date as a Personal Assistant in various large corporate companies. I spent four years living in Melbourne and during that time volunteered at quite a few large events for MS Victoria and the Cancer Society. Scott and I decided to move back to NZ so we could be closer to my family (in particular my family members who have Multiple Sclerosis).


Since being back in NZ I have worked as the Events Manager at Skycity Hamilton and enjoyed three wonderful years being a stay at home Mum to our beautiful babies. I am now using my passion and skills to join the very capable and experienced team at BOP MS and look forward to helping raise the Society's profile and spread awareness.


Mobile: 027 521 9977, Email:

Committee Members

President - Cliff Osborne

Cliff looks after his wife Jane who was diagnosed with Huntington’s in 2005. Jane is such a fan of the MS society and likes to attend all the social functions and keep in touch with her friends.

Kate 25 is working in speech and language for the Ministry of Education in Christchurch and Michael 22 is nearing the completion of a Bachelor of Commerce at Canterbury University.

Jane and Cliff married in 1987 after they met while completing their MBA’s in England. They lived in England for 20 years before returning to NZ in 2000.

Cliff runs a small business advisory consultancy and teaches at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic on small business management. He has recently taken up lawn bowls and likes to read and follow English and Kiwi football.

Cliff is really looking forward to helping the MS committee continue to offer such an important service to its members. He is always amazed at the way members just get on with life and their wonderful sense of making the best of things. There is no doubt that the MS and Huntington members are role models to the wider community.

Vice President - Patrick Kear

Hello my name is Patrick Kear, I am 44 and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001 in the UK.

I have been on the Committee since 2011 and been living in NZ since 2010.  My full time employment is with Goodman Fielder selling food to the supermarkets in BOP.

I married Saf in 2004 who is a Podiatrist at Footstop Podiatry in Fraser Street, Tauranga. We have a two sons, Harry who was 6 in July 2015 and Bradley who was born in March 2015.

Elayne Sanders

I have been married 50 years come March 2015, family of two sons, one daughter, two granddaughters and one grandson. I do quite a few hours of child minding (as our daughter is at Varsity) and love having them, it is a real privilege to see them grow and mature.

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2003 and enjoy catching up with friends at the coffee groups and physio.

I still enjoy bush walking - using walking poles to keep myself safe.

Next stage - retirement.......what's that?!

Averill Judd

I have been a Member of the Society for 18 years. Through that connection I have learned how beneficial the Society is to all that suffer from the disease, and other neurological conditions.

I would wish that my involvement on the Committee will be helpful and my input will be on behalf of you, our Members.

I have lived in the suburb of Judea for 12 years and have four granddaughters and one grandson.

Catriona Howatson
I have recently arrived from Scotland with my husband to live in sunny Tauranga.

I work as a volunteer with the MS Society and at Tauranga Hospital.  I have just recently joined the committee and look forward to helping with the fundraising.