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 – Co-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 four years and has been working as Director Support Services, managing our facilities, logistics and the retail and volunteer network.
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.
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.
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.