Our Executive Team
Ria 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.
Dr 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 – 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 – 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.
Diana 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.