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 = Warren Scobie

Vice President = Patrick Kear

Members =

Averill Judd

Sonya Ferguson

Dianne Boyle

Fiona Clarke

Rosalind Tayler