Our Executive Team

Brent Alderton – 
Chief Executive

Brent joined the Hospice most recently as chief executive of the Commerce Commission. He impressed the Board greatly with his competence and experience as a chief executive, his calm and friendly manner, and his ability to grasp the impact of the Hospice’s future strategy on the organisation, staff and patients.

Brent has a BA (Hons) in Economics and an MA in Political Studies. Prior to his nine years at the Commerce Commission, he worked in a range of public and private sector organisations, and in a variety of management roles.

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.

Diana has been with the Hospice for five years and has been working as Director Support Services, managing our facilities, logistics and the retail and volunteer network.

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.

Donna Gray – Director Clinical Services

Donna is an experienced Registered General Nurse with post-graduate qualifications in Sick Children’s Nursing and Palliative Care. She has worked in a number of management and leadership roles in the UK and New Zealand across inpatient and community settings.

Donna has been with the Hospice for 10 years, most recently as our Community Services Manager, and is looking forward to continuing to provide clinical leadership to support the implementation of the Hospice Strategy, Our Place in Palliative Care.

Frances Robinson – Co-Director Support Services

Frances is an experienced Finance Manager with particular expertise in the Not-For-Profit sector. She ensures that through sound financial management, Mary Potter Hospice has adequate and sustainable resources to meet objectives and continue to support the community.

Frances holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington.

In addition to her Finance Manager role, Frances has taken on Director of Support Services role and is responsible for Investment Management, Property & Asset Management and Information Technology.

Devon Diggle – Strategy Manager

Devon joined Mary Potter Hospice in 2013 and brings experience as a leader of major system change within complex and challenging environments. He has particular experience in capital infrastructure, health service design and health funding.

Devon also has roles at Hospice New Zealand advising on national funding and strategy and with Capital and Coast DHB implementing the regional palliative care strategy. He is a Director of Mary Potter Apartments Ltd, the hospice owned company established to undertake an apartments development to help fund the hospice’s care.

Devon has a BA in Politics and Economics, and an MA in Economics. Prior to joining the hospice he has worked for the Ministry of Health and Sapere Research Group.

Teresa O'Toole profile

Teresa O’Toole – Acting Executive Lead Education, Quality & Research

Teresa is a registered nurse, originally specialising in oncology nursing at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London before moving to palliative care nursing in 2000. She has worked in senior management and leadership roles ranging from clinical to management and advisory level at Mary Potter Hospice, Hospice New Zealand and the Ministry of Health. Teresa has been working in strategic, education and quality management roles at the Hospice since 2011.

Her research and practice interests are in clinical governance in healthcare, consumer engagement, community service development, quality systems and workforce development. Teresa is from Ireland but has lived in NZ for 18 years and now calls Wellington her home.

Te Pou Tautoko

Māori support and advice group

Te Pou Tautoko is facilitated by Māori Liaison, Elizabeth Munday, 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 Kahuwaeroa Katene and Mr Tau Huirama. The group helps ensure the Hospice meets the needs of Māori communities and implement the Māori Service Plan.

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.