Our people

The team

Wayne Naylor – CEO 

Wayne joined the Hospice New Zealand team in 2021 following on from 9 years with Hospice Waikato in Hamilton as Director of Nursing. 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.

Leah Tonks – Data Analyst

Leah joined the Hospice New Zealand team in 2019 after  7 years in various roles with Tōtara Hospice (South Auckland) including administrator with education, volunteer services, managing the reception team, progressing through to clinical administration and for the last 3 years in the role of Clinical ICT administrator and Data Analytics.  Leah has a strong interest in data and the way in which information can be used to inform service development and identify needs.

Emily Edwards – Fundraising Manager

Emily joined the Hospice New Zealand team in 2021 bringing extensive fundraising experience from previous roles with the British Heart Foundation and most recently as Marketing and Fundraising Lead with The Fred Hollows Foundation in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.   With a degree in Events with Arts, Emily is passionate about using her creative, organisational and communication skills to build relationships and raise funds for great causes.

Jacqui Swain – Education Programmes Facilitator

Jacqui joined the Hospice New Zealand team in June 2021, moving from the role of Nurse Educator at Hospice Waikato. Her nursing career spans over 30 years, of which 15 years have been spent in Palliative Care. The education, personal and professional development of healthcare staff is a passion for Jacqui.

Gretchen Leuthart – Communications Manager

Gretchen joined the Hospice New Zealand team in October 2021.  She brings diverse experience to her role following many years working in communications and stakeholder engagement across the government, consultancy and NGO space. Most recently her focus has been in the community development space where she has worked with Volunteer Service Abroad, ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum, the Common Unity Project Aotearoa and Caritas Aotearoa. Gretchen has a Masters in International Development and her research – in the sphere of cross-cultural competency – explores how trust can be better understood as a way to evaluate and improve Māori and Pākehā relationships.

Geraldine Henderson – Project Manager

Geraldine joined Hospice New Zealand in March 2022, from the consulting firm Synergia, where she worked with Hospice NZ and hospices on various projects.  Her work prior to joining the HNZ team focused on supporting organisations to better understand and use their data, understanding how organisations can collaborate, and supporting the rollout of Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addiction Services (under Access and Choice) across Tāmaki Makaurau. Currently based in Auckland, Geraldine is originally from Christchurch. Prior to Synergia, she worked at the Southern Cancer Network, and Nurse Maude Hospice (and its Institute of Community Healthcare) whilst at University. She has degrees in Microbiology, Public Health and Economics and is currently working on her thesis for a Master of Public Health, where she is creating a framework for multi-organisational data and information governance in a New Zealand health setting (focusing on the Data Commons).

Ria Earp – Advisory Maori Services (contract role)

Ria joined the Hospice NZ team in early 2018 from her previous role as CEO of Mary Potter Hospice in Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington, a role she held for eleven years.  Prior to Mary Potter Hospice, Ria was the Deputy Director General, Māori Health for the Ministry of Health for nine years. This had followed a long career as a senior manager in the public service across a range of portfolios.

She is the current Chair of Te Rōpū Taki Māori, the Māori advisory group for Hospice New Zealand.  Ria has a deep interest in Māori community development and is of Ngāti Whakaue and Ngāti Pikiao descent.

The Board

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

Jane Williams (Chair HNZ) is also Deputy Chair of Hospice Tairawhiti in Gisborne where she also volunteers in a patient support role. She has a clinical background as a registered nurse having worked in a variety of community clinics around the East Coast and Ngati Porou Hauora.  Jane brings extensive trustee experience having served with her local Kohanga Reo, primary and secondary schools and with a government funded group charged with improving educational outcomes for the East Coast.  She is also in her third term on the Hospital Advisory Committee, and sits on the Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust and is Chairperson for Eastwoodhill, the National Arboretum of New Zealand.

Ria Earp (deputy Chair) sits on the Board as Chair of Te Rōpū Taki Māori and Advisor Māori Services.  Ria held the role of CEO at Mary Potter Hospice for 11 years, prior to that she was Deputy Director General, Māori Health for the Ministry of Health for nine years.  Ria has a deep interest in Māori community development and health services. She has a BA (Anthropology), MA (Applied in Social Work) and MBA from Victoria University.

Dr Ann McKillop is a trustee and Board Chair of North Haven Hospice in Whangarei, joining the Board in 2017.  Ann is a Doctor of Nursing and currently holds a senior lecturer role with The School of Nursing at Auckland University.  Her professional research and teaching platforms are located in primary health care and health professional education with a particular interest in the implementation of evidence and change to improve patient outcomes particularly for those underserved by the health system, in particular for Māori.

Sam Ready is a Chartered Accountant and is currently a Manager in the Financial Planning and Analysis team at Xero. Prior to joining the team at Xero, he worked for two of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms gaining experience within both Corporate Finance and Audit. Sam has an interest in Pasifika community development and brings a strong financial and accounting background, with experience across a range of different clients and sectors.  Sam has experience with not for profit groups including schools, sports clubs, Maori settlement trusts (in forestry and fisheries assets) and Wellington’s Mary Potter Hospice.

Frané Rosandich is currently Chair of Cranford Hospice and brings a wealth of experience in social work, particularly in developing Māori models of social work practice. Together with his wife Joanne, Frané co-authored Te Aho Takitoru, an indigenous social work framework that enables social workers to work with whānau in a culturally appropriate manner using strategies from Māori knowledge and world view. For over 17 years, Frané has volunteered at Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison within the Whare Te Tirohanga, the national kaupapa Māori rehabilitation programme. He is also the Central Region’s Senior Advisor to the High and Complex Needs Unit at the Ministry of Social Development and a current PSEC Board member.

Rachel Brazil practises in Ōtepoti/Dunedin as an employment lawyer and has specialised in this area since 2004. Rachel has always been actively involved in the community including sitting on boards and committees, including the Dunedin Night Shelter, Women’s Refuge/Te Whare Pounamu, Otago Community Hospice, Hospice NZ Board, Disability Information Services, and SPCA Otago. Rachel believes in giving back to the community and serving on boards to assist with the community living better lives, hence her commitment to such organisations like Otago Community Hospice and Hospice NZ. In addition to this, Rachel also plays the French horn in a local orchestra and enjoys spending time with her grown up children and wider whānau and friends.

Clinical advisors to the Board

Louisa Ingham is a nurse practitioner and clinical leader for the Central Otago team at Otago Community Hospice. Louisa holds a Clinical Masters, a Post Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care and has completed the Nurse Practitioner Training Program (NPTP) through the University of Auckland. She has a particular interest in palliative care provision in rural communities and within aged residential care. In 2019 she joined the Executive of Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand and has recently taken on the role recently of the co-chair.

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