Hospice New Zealand

Our people

Who is Hospice New Zealand?

Hospice NZ exists to lead the hospice movement to ensure that every New Zealander has access to quality palliative care.  

Our small but dedicated team is based in Wellington, you can read a little about the Board and our people below

The Board

Hospice NZ is governed by a board which implements the national body's vision and strategic plan. The are elected representatives from amongst the hospice membership.

Board members

Lisa Roberts (Chair) has been a Board Member of Hospice West Auckland since 2006 and has been its Chair since 2013. She joined Corban Revell Lawyers in 1998 and is now a partner in this firm, specialising in the fields of property and business. Lisa leads the property team and assists with the overall management of the firm. Lisa was appointed as Chair to the Hospice NZ Board in 2017. Lisa describes herself as both NZ European and NZ Maori, and is affiliated with the Ngati Porou iwi.

John Peters (Deputy Chair) was elected to the Board of the Nelson Tasman Hospice, following his retirement from full-time work in 2012. He was elected as Nelson Tasman Hospice Chair in January 2014. John has had a wide-ranging career and has held a number of senior leadership and governance positions in both the health and commercial sectors. John was appointed as Deputy Chair to the Hospice NZ Board in 2015. 

Peter Buckland is the Chief Executive of Mercy Healthcare Auckland Limited.  He has worked in the hospice movement for the past 28 years, leading hospices in New Zealand and South Africa and was also the CEO of the Hospice Association of South Africa.

Biddy Harford is the Chief Executive at Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt since 2000 and involved with Te Omanga Hospice since 1989. She brings with her strength in management and the ability to establish relationships and be an advocate of hospice palliative care. Biddy was Hospice NZ Board Chair until 2017.

Dr Richard Thurlow (PhD) is the Chief Executive Officer of Waipuna Hospice in Tauranga. He has worked in the hospice movement for 11 years (nine as CEO) after a 20-year career in research science. Richard brings a strong interest in IT and data analysis and experience of management, planning, project management and leadership.”

Clinical advisors to the Board

Dr Brian Ensor originally trained in General Practice, and moved into hospice work in 1990 at Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt. He became Medical Director at Hospice North Shore in Auckland in 1996, and is currently Director of Palliative Care at Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington. In addition he is a senior clinical lecturer at the Univeristy of Otago in Wellington. Over those years Brian has served as an office holder with ANZSPM, and the Chapter of Palliative Medicine. He has an interest in palliative medicine education, and also in benchmarking; having run the “inter-hospice benchmarking on medications in the last 24 hours of life.”  

Wayne Naylor has been Director of Nursing at Hospice Waikato in Hamilton since September 2012. Over his nursing career he has worked primarily in oncology, haematology and palliative care. He has been a Research Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Lecturer. Wayne also spent almost four years as a Senior Analyst for the Palliative Care Council of New Zealand before moving to his current role.

Our people

Jo Seagar - Hospice Ambassador & Patron
Jo has been voluntary Hospice Ambassador since 1999. This role sees her travel around the country and even across the world on hospice related events. Jo accepted the role of Patron for Hospice NZ at the end of 2010; a role which reflects her level of commitment, energy and enthusiasm for hospice. Jo attends many events every year and uses any opportunity to raise awareness of hospice through her many activities. 

Mary Schumacher - Chief Executive
Mary joined Hospice NZ in 2006 moving from the role of Chief Executive at Mary Potter Hospice - a role she held for 10 years. Mary holds a Masters in Social Work and previously managed community, rest home and private hospital services for older people.

Rachel Wilson - Sponsorship & Communications Manager (2IC)
Rachel joined the team at Hospice NZ in 2004 after spending three years as a fundraiser with Mary Potter Hospice. Rachel has a Diploma in Business majoring in Marketing. Prior to joining hospice, Rachel spent two years as a fundraiser for the New Zealand Red Cross in the Otago/Southland region.

Hadley Brown - Policy & Advocacy Manager
Hadley joined Hospice NZ in August 2017. Hadley was previously Business Development Manager at Mercy Hospice for six years implementing diverse projects covering retail, education and research, payroll, performance management and more recently electronic patient management systems. He was also on the Hospices of Auckland Innovations Fund Working Group tasked with implementing the new regional service design (Palliative Outcomes Initiative). Since 2003, Hadley has worked in the health education sector as Programme Manager for undergraduate medicine at Auckland University and College Manager for the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor. He also has experience in membership associations having been Manager- Admissions for the then NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has two business degrees and a graduate certificate in management.

Karla Ellicock – Project Advisor
Karla joined the Hospice NZ team in January 2016. She has a strong background in health administration, with the most recent role as Board & Project Coordinator in the secretariat to the Palliative Care Council of New Zealand.

Mandy Gill - Executive Assistant to the CEO
Mandy joined the Hospice NZ team in April 2013 as Executive Assistant to the CEO. Prior to joining Hospice NZ, Mandy was living in Christchurch and worked as an Administrator for the Canterbury DHB. Mandy has a BA in Social Policy and Political Science from Victoria University and has a professional background in social policy work. 

Moira Marcroft – Corporate Partnerships
Moira joined the team in September 2015. She has a strong background in corporate and community fundraising, events and business development. Moira held a national role at the Cancer Society of New Zealand and most recently was the Fundraising Manager at Hospice North Shore.

Anne Morgan - Practice Advisor
Anne joined the team at Hospice NZ in January 2011. Anne is an experienced palliative care nurse, having worked in oncology, haematology and palliative care for over 30 years. Her most recent role being the Palliative Care Nurse Consultant with the Christchurch Hospital Palliative Care team. Anne is also the content coordinator on the Hospice NZ Education Project and her particular areas of passion are education and older people’s health.

Chris Murphy - Project Leader
Chris joined Hospice NZ in August 2015. Chris is a Registered Nurse and has practiced in England, Wales and New Zealand. Chris has worked in New Zealand for 23 years, which has included working with Hospice Waikato, Te Omanga Hospice and Mary Potter Hospice. Her specific experience and specialist qualifications include palliative care, community practice, caring for older people, management, education and quality. Chris has a MA (Applied) Nursing and a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing (Palliative Care).

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