Join Steptember and make a difference to Kiwis living with cerebral palsy

Our Team

Gilli Sinclair Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

I have had an extensive career in health and social services with a strong focus on mental health and suicide. I has been actively involved with designing and developing services with a strong emphasis on addressing previously unmet complex needs.

Currently I am several Boards including Make-A-Wish where I am currently on the International and Pacific board. I am also volunteering for Go Baby Go- organising purpose fitted BMWs for children who have difficulty with mobilisation.

I am really enjoying my role as CEO for the CP Society. Each day is full of wonderful surprises and I love meeting with as many members as I can. I love the programmes that this organisation offers; I love the rich history and have really enjoyed my work here. I particularly enjoy working with the staff and Board and I’m incredibly impressed with their commitment, wisdom and knowledge.


Matthew Slade Membership & Accounts Manager

Originally from Christchurch, I moved to Auckland 10 years ago. During this time I have been involved in the sports industry, and the health and disability sectors.

I have many roles within the society. I currently manage the accounts, I also manage the different programme’s. I process the Grants and membership applications and manage the membership database.

In my spare time I enjoy gardening, sports, going to movies, spending time with family and travelling.



Michael Northcott Office Manager 

My name is Michael Northcott, and I enjoy through working for the CP Society the ability to be part of a team that assists people with Cerebral Palsy to be able to live better lives, and I think that the Programmes the Society offers makes a real difference to our members.

I have lived in many parts of NZ, however mainly in Auckland (mostly on the North Shore and South Auckland) with shorter periods in East and West Auckland.

I have worked for a number of businesses, including organisations in the disability field, prior to joining the team at the CP Society.

Most of my working life has been in training, production/manufacturing, purchasing, health and safety, supervision, and management. As well as building, cabinetmaking and managing properties with all that this entails

For the Cerebral Palsy Society I fulfil many roles including answering many of the incoming calls and queries. In addition I have the Welfare Officer role, and in conjunction with Auckland Transport carry out Total Mobility assessments.

Previously my roles for the CP Society included sourcing, purchasing, setting up computers and adaptive equipment plus training for members under the getConnected programme. Also Property management for the Cerebral Palsy Society and then our business arm EAL(Essential Assets Ltd) prior to properties being sold.

I coordinate a number of projects including the getOnYour Trike programme, purchasing equipment and IT assistance for the office, and at times, for members. Assisting and supporting the CEO and other staff with their roles including mail out printing and coordination. Also other tasks as assigned. It is important to me to find effective solutions for the Society; and for prospective, and existing members, address their queries and concerns where possible.

I enjoy swimming, reading, movies, repairing/ building things, and coming up with workable and effective solutions to challenges. I especially enjoy spending quality time with friends, family, and loved ones.


Shelly Reilly National Manager Steptember 

Hello, I’m Shelly and I head up our major annual fundraising campaign ‘Steptember’. Working closely with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Sydney, my role is to manager, market and promote Steptember to New Zealand, encouraging Kiwis to step up to the challenge for taking 10,000 steps a day in the month of September.

My background is in marketing, PR, sales and promotions mostly within the Travel & Tourism industry globally, but I’ve also worked on a number of TV productions and major sporting events. I utilise my contacts to spread the word, educate the New Zealand community about CP, and encouraging people to donate to the society. Since joining the Cerebral Palsy Society team in April 2015 we have raised $385,000 in donation dollars, with this figure set to rise in 2016. Keep an eye out for more fundraising activities in 2016, including Auckland’s ‘Round the Bays’ on the 6th of March, and of course ‘Steptember’. 

Since joining the society I had the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing children and their families. As a mum myself of a 2 year old I’m passionate about giving all kids the opportunity to thrive and achieve their full potential.


Sue Lewis-O’Halloran   VP Development

I have worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years, both here and in Canada, for a diverse range of organizations, from the ALS Society (Motor Neuron Disease) to the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.  

I am passionate about empowering others to achieve success and am thrilled to be working at the Cerebral Palsy Society. As the VP Development, my main focus is to develop diversified fundraising initiatives for the Society so that we can continue to provide our members with programmes and support that make a genuine difference to their lives.




Amy Hogan Researcher

As a researcher and writer, my primary responsibility is to oversee the research project ‘Cerebral Palsy Through The Lifespan.’ This work bridges the gap between the paediatric system and adulthood with an emphasis on everyday experiences. This is knowledge that was lacking when I was growing up with CP. Our members have been very supportive of my work to date. In 2015/16 I am collating the data collected into user friendly information sheets for members and their families.  A secondary part of my role is managing our Facebook page and canvassing the web and libraries for interesting stories on CP. My primary goal is to be informative but interesting with a particular emphasis on quality of life, maximising independence and having a laugh.

In my spare time I like to hang out with my menagerie of rescue and service animals, work in my garden, read as much as I can


Paul Munckhof Design & Layout History Publication

I have a long history with the CP Society. In the mid 2000’s I was asked to join the Board and continued to serve there until 2010.

I have done web development and the layout of publications for the society like the Review.  I am currently responsible for looking after the design layout of the history of CPSociety

In my spare time I have a wide range of varied interests. I like listening to music, watching motorsport, have kept Aquarium fish for the last 40 years or so & budgies for the last 4 years since my kidney transplant.

I have one interest which is probably not very typical for a person of my degree of CP. I really enjoy going into my garage and repairing anything mechanical. I have fixed many small engines plus my cars & have a diploma in small engine repair. My current project is restoring a 1960’s mower.

Also, something else that is unusual is that I was awarded the NZ Order of Merit in 2006 for services to disabled sport.


Saraid Black Director of Marketing and Communcations

I recently joined the Society in a part-time capacity after several years of working in the not-for-profit space with a child health research charity.  I have found the CP Society to be a warm and welcoming place where the members are at the heart of everything the Society does. 

My role here is centered around enhancing the visibility and reputation of the Society and ensuring our members have access to helpful and accurate information across all our communication channels.   

I have more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications and have worked in a wide variety of organsations from banks and government agencies, to professional sports bodies, and health and wellbeing. 

When I’m not at work, I am busy with my husband, four children, two cats and a dog and try to spend as much time outside as I can.


Gemma Overton Family Support Manager

I have joined the Cerebral Palsy team part-time in the capacity of Family Support Manager.  I am absolutely thrilled to have been given the opportunity to take on this role, as I am passionate about helping to empower families by providing them with the tools and resources to become their children’s strongest advocates.

I can call on my own personal experience of having a child with CP to help support other families My eldest daughter Maddy was born prematurely and as a result was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia at 9 months old.  Maddy is now 9yrs old in mainstream school and loves life to the full.  I have been so lucky to have been supported and educated by parents who have children with disabilities, and my daughter Maddy’s life has been enriched by the knowledge that has been passed on to us.  My aim is to create the same sharing of knowledge using our website as a platform and through face to face contact.  

I have another daughter Gracie who is 3 years old, a partner called Chris and Cat called Monty we all live on the Northshore of Auckland although I was born in the UK. I love being outside and keeping fit by running, swimming and biking.


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