Board and Staff profiles 2018-2019



Co President

Katherine Viskovic

Katherine is a lawyer based in Wellington and sits on the committee for the Northland Toy Library.  She loves that toy libraries give children the ability to explore lots of different toys and experiences without requiring parents to spend lots of money on purchasing new toys all the time.

Board member since 2017


Co President

Cherry Browne

Cherry is a Life Member of the TLFNZ, she has been involved in toy libraries since 1994, and is now enjoying seeing the joy of Toy Libraries second generation, with her 1-year old grandson. Believing in the insurmountable value of Toy Libraries and the joy of play is what has brought her back to the board.

Based in North Canterbury, Cherry works as a HVAC Engineer in her own company, working in the rebuild of Christchurch.


Fiona Cartwright

I have been involved with Toy Libraries since 1992.  I was with my local community Toy Library from set up until I moved onto the TLNFZ Board for 6 years. 

I currently work full time for AMI Insurance where I have been for nearly 20 years. 

I believe there is still a place for Toy Libraries in New Zealand and want to assist all those out there within their local community.  Let the Children Play is so relevant today despite modern technology!


 Kelly Heads

Kelly is a member of Pegasus Toy Library in Christchurch. She works for St John and was formerly a teacher.

Kelly has two young children who love exploring the awesome toys at Pegasus, especially the puzzles and games.  

Kelly joined the board in 2017.


Grace Rippingale

Grace is the President of the Northland Toy Library in Wellington.  She is a lawyer and mother of two toy enthusiasts 

Board member since 2018


Willian Lopes

I am an experienced professional in accounting with more than 18 years of experience.

I am Brazilian, married and I have moved to New Zealand last May with my wife. I'm dedicating my life to acquire new experiences in this fantastic country. At the TLFNZ I think that I can impact the lives of others positively and I feel glad to be a part of the team. 


Ellen McSweeney

Ellen is the Treasurer of the Bulls Toy Library and has two toy library lovers at home. Having moved from Melbourne 2 years ago when her first was quite young Ellen joined the Bulls Toy Library and loves that she has never had to spend money on toys, or store all those toys! 

Board members since 2019.




Meet the team that work hard on behalf of Toy Libraries all around the country.

They are passionate about their jobs and love to help. 



Cheryl Comfort

National Coordinator

17 hours week

Cheryl lives in Christchurch and looks after the TLFNZ marketing and communications including the website, facebook page and group and Link newsletter.  She also helps to support the libraries. She started with TLFNZ in May 2016 and has experience with a number of not-for-profit organisations.


Helen Reeves

National Administrator

13 hours week.

Helen lives in Oamaru and has two small children. She has a background in office administration, and started her role as National Administrator in September 2016.

She looks after all things related to Xero and invoicing etc.