The Mary Potter Hospice Foundation

The Mary Potter Hospice Foundation was established as an independent non-sectarian charitable trust in 1988. It was gifted to the people of Wellington by the Little Company of Mary. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees provides governance for the Hospice on behalf of the people we serve. All Board members are volunteers.

Mary Potter Hospice Patron

PatronLady Susan Satyanand

We were delighted when Lady Susan Satyanand became the Patron of Mary Potter Hospice in 2014. Lady Susan has been a Wellington resident since the mid-1990s, where she supported her husband the Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand, in his role as the Governor General of New Zealand.

She shares with her husband the joint patron roles of the NZ Health Promotion Forum and the NZ Youth Mentoring Network. In addition, Lady Susan is patron of the following organisations; Violence Free Waitakere, Kids’ Lit Quiz, Wellington Aged Concern and the Epsom Girls’ Grammar School Sports Complex Project.

Lady Susan has significant experience in community relationships, charity work and the health sector. Lady Susan has worked with Plunket, the UNICEF Women’s Auxiliary and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Lady Susan is a member of the Rotary Club of Wellington.

Our Board of Trustees

Mark-CassidyMark Cassidy, Chair

Mark was formerly the Chief Executive for Wellington Community Trust. Previous to that role he was the National Manager Business Services and managed the delivery of services to key clients in the charitable sector as well as government agencies. His responsibilities included overseeing the TG Macarthy Trust with assets in excess of $65 million and granting over $2.5 million to local charities and community groups throughout the Wellington provincial region.

Mark hails from the UK where he spent over 15 years working as a solicitor. Since he arrived in New Zealand he has accumulated over 15 years experience in the trustee industry and has been helping New Zealanders give to a wide range of philanthropic and community causes through their wills and trusts as well as working with charities and non government organisations to develop sustainable long term funding streams. Mark is also a Trustee of the Hospice Forever Foundation.

Andrea-McCanceAndrea McCance, Deputy Chair

Andrea McCance is the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Capital Coast District Health Board (CCDHB). Prior to this Andrea was Associate Director of Nursing for the Surgery, Women’s and Children Directorate. Andrea comes to this role with a wealth of clinical and management experience having joined CCDHB after working with the Nursing Council New Zealand for two and a half years.

She holds post-registration qualifications in Midwifery and Cardiac Care, a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Fine Arts), a post-graduate diploma in Organisational Behaviour and is a member of the College of Nursing Aotearoa. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Andrea was director of nursing and midwifery at Eastern Health Melbourne and a board member of the Nurses Board of Victoria before to moving to New Zealand in 2007.

Ani Waaka
Te Arawa, Ngati Raukawa

Ani is a management consultant with 16 years experience in organisational leadership and development working with clients in government, commercial and not for profit contexts. She designs and facilitates workshops in leadership and management, strategic and business planning, managing change and performance.

Ani is a LEADR accredited mediator and is skilled in investigative work and supporting people through sensitive issues and difficult conversations. She has held Chief Executive positions and prior to consultancy, Ani spent some 20 years in private and public sector law. She has been a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and has held directorships on several boards.

David-WerryDr David Werry

David has been working full time in General Practice since 1998, with particular interests in the care of older patients and palliative care. He looks after three rest homes and has patients in hospital level and dementia care facilities. He was a GP obstetrician for nearly 20 years.

David has served on the board of the Wellington After Hours Medical Centre for 10 years. In his spare time he is a keen reader, gardener, occasional tramper and even more occasional fly fisherman.

Sr-Margaret-Lancaster_webSr Margaret Lancaster, Little Company of Mary

Sister Margaret began working in the Mary Potter ward of Wellington’s Calvary Hospital in 1974 which at the time specialised in geriatric care. Sister Margaret became aware of the writings of Dame Cicely Saunders and Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross who were advocating better treatment for the terminally ill through holistic care. She lobbied with a number of doctors for palliative care beds to be offered to the terminally ill which resulted in five beds being designated for palliative care. She followed this with a paper for the Little Company of Mary advocating the establishment of a centre to care for the dying. The proposal was accepted and it led to the development over the next few years of a hospice ward designed to cater for the needs of the dying and the provision of holistic care involving the patients, family and friends, the provision of physiotherapy, grief therapy and occupational therapy.

Sister Margaret raised awareness in the health sector of modern hospice care by undertaking an extensive programme of speaking engagements to medical practitioners and health professionals. Her deep knowledge of modern hospices has been an inspiration for those working in the New Zealand palliative care sector.

Malcolm-BruceMalcolm Bruce, Chair of the Audit, Finance and Investment Committee

Malcolm Bruce joined Kiwibank, as their Chief Risk Officer in November 2014. As part of Kiwibank’s Leadership Team, Malcolm has close interactions both with the Board of Directors, and also with a number of regulators in managing Kiwibank’s growth and future plans. The Chief Risk Officer is charged with ensuring that the business grows in a manner that protects the bank from unforeseen losses and in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations.

Malcolm joined Kiwibank after 22 years with KPMG, including nine years as a partner with KPMG in New Zealand. Malcolm has had a wide range of community involvement over the years, including serving on the boards of local sports clubs, regional associations (Squash Wellington) and in 2011-12 Malcolm and his wife set up a charity to support affected Christchurch businesses (Hands up Wellington). Malcolm also served on the Professional Standards Board for the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants for two years in 2012-2013. Malcolm and Rochelle have four children and Rochelle runs Kitchen Elements a boutique kitchen design and installation business on Thorndon Quay which gives Malcolm a fascinating insight into running small business in New Zealand. Malcolm is a Trustee of the Hospice Forever Foundation.

Grant-Pidgeon-Headshot-1_webDr Grant Pidgeon

Grant is a renal physician and Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Capital & Coast DHB. He graduated from Otago having completed his training in his home town of Christchurch. Grant completed an MD in cardiorenal endocrine research and then following a brief stint in Sydney moved to Wellington as a renal physician.

Over the last two years he has been one of the Clinical Executive Directors of Medical Services at CCDHB, responsible for the renal, ED, general medicine and cancer services. Grant has a keen interest in all aspects of patient safety within the DHB and particularly in engaging clinicians in quality improvement and safety work.

When not working he is a keen but inept golfer and a very cautious mountain biker.

Steph_web profile_1Stephanie Dyhrberg

Stephanie is a long-time Kāpiti resident and employment lawyer and partner in her law firm, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law.

Stephanie is a generous volunteer, giving her time to a number of organisations and programmes, including the Council of the Wellington Branch of the Law Society and as honorary solicitor to Refugee Trauma Recovery. She also advises charities, school boards and clubs on employment and governance.

Stephanie has acted in a pro bono capacity and appeared as counsel for the Coalition for Equal Value, Equal Pay in the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in the landmark Equal Pay Act litigation.

In 2015 Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law was awarded Employment Specialist Firm of the Year at the 2015 NZ Law Awards.

Martin Lenart_web profile_1Martin Lenart

Martin, a chartered accountant, is a business consultant and mentor with Business Mentors NZ and provides advisory support to 12 SMEs. He holds a number of directorships including Arthritis NZ on which he chairs the Investment committee.

Martin also gives his time generously to volunteering and has served the Hospice in that way for many years, and is a Trustee of the Forever Foundation.

Our Executive Team

ria-earp-2016-am_web-2Ria Earp – Chief Executive

Ria has held a number of senior management positions in the public sector across a range of agencies: Maori Affairs, Internal Affairs, Te Puni Kokiri, Youth Affairs, Women’s Affairs, and the Ministry of Health. Ria held the position of Deputy Director-General, Maori Health with the Ministry of Health for nine years from 1996 – 2006.

Ria took up her appointment with Mary Potter Hospice in July 2006. She brought with her extensive experience in dealing with District Health Boards and the health sector generally, and strong senior management experience in the public sector.

Ria has a history of working within a community development approach (especially with Maori communities), and a commitment and interest in seeing the delivery of holistic, high quality, health services. She holds an Applied Master of Arts in Social Work, and a Master of Business Administration, both from Victoria University. Ria is of Te Arawa descent (Ngati Pikiao and Ngati Whakaue). Ria is a Trustee of the Forever Foundation.

brian-ensor-2016-am_web2Dr Brian Ensor 
- Director Palliative Care

Brian trained as a General Practitioner after graduating from the Auckland Medical School. His introduction to palliative care came through working at the Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt, which was consolidated by seven years as the Clinical Director at North Shore Hospice in Auckland.

Shifting to Wellington with his family has brought the opportunity to work at Mary Potter Hospice, and the privilege of contributing to this centre of excellence for palliative care in New Zealand.

rosanne-king-2016-am_web-2Rosanne King – Director Clinical Services

Rosanne has been the Director Clinical Services for Hospice of the Valley in Arizona, USA, where she has worked since taking on the role of Case Manager in 2004.

Rosanne has had a variety of clinical, nurse-education and leadership roles (paediatric, medical, psychiatric, rehabilitative and community health) in New Zealand, Australia and the USA before moving into palliative care.

Hospice of the Valley – Arizona covers a population area of four million and four cities (and rural areas). Her role there was to lead the clinical operations of seven multi-disciplinary teams, and office support staff, to provide a 24/7 service to a current daily census of 500 hospice-palliative care patients. Prior to taking up the Director Clinical Services role, Rosanne was a team leader with the Hospice, managing four multi-disciplinary community teams that provided care to those at home and in a nursing facility. In this role she headed the start-up team for a service to an under-served rural area and a Native American Reservation.

In addition, to her Diploma of Comprehensive Nursing, Rosanne completed a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner programme (Waikato Hospital), and has a Bachelor of Health Science and Nursing from Southern Cross University (Sydney, Australia).

philippa-sellens-2016-am_web-2Philippa Sellens – Director Fundraising, Marketing and Communications

Philippa has extensive experience in the government, private and NGO sectors, most recently with Airways NZ and IHC. Her experience includes executive leadership, government relations, reputation management and fundraising communications.

She holds a Master of Public Policy, is an accredited member of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand and has a Certificate of Journalism.

Philippa is a Wellingtonian and is passionate about ensuring a free hospice service exists for the Wellington region.

di-pryde-2016-am_web-2Diana Pryde – 
Director Support Services

Diana is an experienced leader, with a diverse cross-section of skills and significant experience in working with staff, volunteers and professionals. She has held several long-term senior roles, with the Bankers Institute, the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Crown Law Office and Athabasca University in Canada.

During her career she has demonstrated that she can successfully deliver corporate and operational management, people and resource and financial management. Her role at the hospice encompasses all of those areas as well as retail and Volunteers. Along with the Retail Operations Manager, Lynn Blann, Diana has overseen the successful opening of the seventh and eighth retail outlets for the Hospice. Diana is responsible for facilities and the grounds. She has launched a major makeover of the grounds at the Newtown base and is already enjoying wonderful feedback from patients, their families and staff.

Te Pou Tautoko

Māori support and advice group

Te Pou Tautoko is facilitated by Māori Liaison, Vanessa Eldridge, and supported by the Director Clinical Services and the Chief Executive. The group provides advice and supports the Hospice to implement the Māori Service Plan and ensure our services meet the needs of Māori communities.

Kaumatua members are Mrs Kahuwaero Katene and Mr Karewa Arthur. They are joined by Natalie Kini from Ora Toa, Lianne Ormsby from Maraeroa Health and Mary Potter Hospice Board chairmember Ani Waaka.

Te Pou Tautoko has contributed to projects that influence palliative care on a nationwide basis. The group has assisted us with our education and research projects as well as providing support at formal ceremonies and occasions. They ensure that a Māori voice is maintained through all levels of the Hospice – Board, Executive, on the ground with patients and volunteers and through the Māori community. All Hospice staff have the opportunity to seek guidance and advice from Te Pou Tautoko when working on specific projects.