Governance

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

Kerry Prendergast

We were delighted when Kerry Prendergast became the Patron of Mary Potter Hospice in 2017. Kerry is the former Mayor of Wellington and former Vice-President of Local Government New Zealand and holds an MBA from Victoria University.

Kerry is currently Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority, Tourism New Zealand, and New Zealand Film Commission.

She is a Director of Oceania Healthcare, Compass Health PHO, NZ Conservation Authority and NZ China Council, and a Trustee of the New Zealand Community Trust, National Army Museum, the Wellington Free Ambulance Board and the Victoria Foundation. Kerry is also a Board member of the Phoenix Football Club and the NZ-US Council Advisory Board.

Kerry was awarded a CNZM in 2011 for her services to local government, and is a distinguished Alumni of Victoria University. In July 2016 Kerry was also awarded a Lifetime Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Government.

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.

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.