The Mary Potter Hospice Foundation’s Board of Trustees provides governance for the Hospice on behalf of the people we serve.

Mary Potter Hospice Patron

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

Dame 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. Dame Kerry is also a Board member of the Phoenix Football Club and the NZ-US Council Advisory Board.

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

Our Board of Trustees

Andrea-McCanceAndrea McCance, Chair
Andrea is a Registered Nurse who previously held the role of Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery at Capital Coast District Health Board.  Andrea has vast experience in healthcare provision. She has held clinical, leadership and governance roles across the New Zealand and Australian health sectors.

Andrea has qualifications in Midwifery, Cardiac Care, a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Fine Arts), a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Behaviour and is currently an adjunct teaching fellow of the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Victoria University of Wellington. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Andrea is from Melbourne and has lived in Wellington for 11 years and now calls Wellington home.

Andrea is passionate about ensuring Mary Potter Hospice continues to deliver sustainable, accessible and compassionate palliative care services to the communities of Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti.

Malcolm-BruceMalcolm Bruce, Deputy Chair, Chair of the Audit, Finance and Investment Committee
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 Forever Foundation.

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.

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.

Tui Te Hau
Tui Te Hau is the Director of Public Engagement at the National Library of New Zealand and formerly established Mahuki, Te Papa’s innovation hub. In her work, Tui has sought opportunities to deliver greater value for communities, whanau, hapu and iwi.

Tui is an experienced leader, a scholarship recipient for the 2017 Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Program and finalist in the government category for the Wellingtonian of the Year 2017.

Sumati Govind
Sumati Govind is an experienced business and investment executive, with governance experience in the not-for-profit and business sector. She is a member of the Wellington Indian Association and a born and bred Wellingtonian. Sumati has strong connections to Ngati Tu Korehe, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa and Te Arawa.

Te Pou Tautoko

Te Pou Tautoko provides advice and supports the Hospice to implement the Māori Service Plan and ensure our services meet the needs of Māori communities. The group ensures that a Māori voice is maintained through all levels of Mary Potter Hospice.

Te Pou Tautoko has contributed to projects that influence palliative care on a nation-wide basis. The group has assisted with education and research projects, as well as providing support at formal ceremonies and occasions. All Hospice staff have the opportunity to seek guidance and advice from Te Pou Tautoko when working on specific projects.

Te Pou Tautoko is facilitated by Manager Day Services, Vanessa Eldridge, and is supported by the Director Clinical Services, Donna Gray and the Chief Executive, Brent Alderton. Members are kaumātua, Mrs Kahuwaeroa Katene, and Natalie Kini, Callum Katene, Kura Moeahu and Tui Te Hau.

Pasifika Advisory Group

The Pasifika Advisory Group supports Mary Potter Hospice to increase awareness of Hospice within the Pasifika communities of our service area and gives advice to the Hospice to ensure culturally safe services are accessible to Pasifika patients and families.

The members are Anthony Carter, Theresa Peteli, Tiumalu Maria-Goretti Sialava’a, Pastor Sonny Taimalelagi and Emily Toimata-Holtham, supported by Brent Alderton, Vanessa Eldridge and Donna Gray.