Management

Our Executive Team

Brent Alderton – 
Chief Executive

Brent joined the Hospice as Chief Executive in April 2018.  Immediately prior to joining the Hospice he was Chief Executive of the Commerce Commission, a position he held for 7 years. Brent has a broad range of commercial and senior management experience, having held a variety of strategy, finance and policy roles in the public and private sectors.

Brent has a BA (Hons) in Economics and an MA in Political Studies.

Diana Pryde – 
Director Infrastructure and Development

Diana is an experienced leader, with a diverse cross-section of skills and significant experience in working with staff, volunteers and professionals. Diana has been with the Hospice for over five years and worked as Director Support Services, for most of that time. She is now supporting the Hospice in this new role as it develops its suite of rental properties, designed to provide the Hospice with long term rental revenue.

Diana has held several long-term senior roles, with the Bankers Institute, the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (now Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand), the Crown Law Office and Athabasca University in Canada.

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 – Acting Director Support Services

Frances is an experienced Finance Manager with particular expertise in the not-for-profit sector. She has held this role at the Hospice since 2011, providing sound financial management and assisting Managers and the Board to maintain financial sustainability during a time of significant change.

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

Frances has now stepped into the Director Support Services role, acting in this position while the previous incumbent is undertaking a new role. She is responsible for Finance, Information Technology, Property & Asset Management, Contracts, Volunteer Services and Human Resources.

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.

Dr Astrid Adams – Medical Director

Astrid trained as a doctor in London where she undertook most of her Junior Doctor posts. She trained in Palliative Medicine in the Oxford region. Shas been working as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine since 2010. She worked for five years at Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice in Oxford before emigrating with her family to New Zealand. She has been involved in management projects and service development as well as clinical work. She has a particular interest in Education and was the Course Director for the Palliative Medicine Medical Student Course in Oxford. She now works closely with Teresa O’Toole to lead the PERQI team, developing the education and research programme at Mary Potter Hospice, as well as undertaking clinical work and her leadership role.

Astrid qualified from UCL in 1998 with an MBBS and a BSc Hons in Anatomy and Developmental Biology. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), has an MSc in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University and a Diploma in Undergraduate Education from Oxford University.

Martin Weekes – Retail Transformation Director

Martin has led transformational change in commercial, governmental and not-for-profit organisations, working with highly involved memberships and active volunteer groups as well as community, corporate, media and government stakeholders.

He has held a number of senior retail and marketing positions locally and internationally starting his career with Marks and Spencer in the UK.  He spent six years working in the Middle East in a range of specialist and director roles before returning to New Zealand.

Martin is currently a Trustee of North Harbour Living without Violence and is a past Board Member of the Neonatal Trust, Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and Child Flight – Auckland.

Te Pou Tautoko

Māori support and advice group

Te Pou Tautoko is facilitated by Manager Day Services, Vanessa Eldridge, and is supported by the Director Clinical Services and the Chief Executive. Kaumatua members are Mrs Kahuwaeroa Katene and Mr Tau Huirama.

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 – Board, Executive, patients, whānau, volunteers and in the community.

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.