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

Clinical advisors to the Board

Dr Brian Ensor 

Brian originally trained in General Practice, and moved into hospice work in 1990 at Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt.  He became Medical Director at North Shore Hospice 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 Otago University 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.” 

Dr Michal Boyd 

Michal is a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and the Dept of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Auckland.  She has been a provider, leader and researcher of care management for older people since the early 1990’s.  She has published widely about the care of older people.  Currently, she is involved in researching innovative models of care for people with dementia and end of life care for older people in residential aged care facilities.  

Board members

Biddy Harford (Chair) is the chief executive at Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt. She brings with her strength in management and the ability to establish relationships and be an advocate of hospice palliative care.

John Peters (Deputy Chair) was elected to the Board of the Nelson Tasman Region Hospice, following his retirement from full-time work in 2012. He was elected as 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. 

Wilf Marley is a trustee from Hospice North Shore with an accounting background. He recognises the need for a strong national body to support its members and achieve enough national and government profile to reinforce and enhance its leading position in hospice palliative care and related services for New Zealand's terminally ill and their families.

Kevin Nielsen has been the chief executive of Hospice Taranaki in New Plymouth since joining the organisation in 2002.  Prior to that Kevin spent 36 years in the newspaper industry, the last 16 of that as general manager of Taranaki Newspapers.

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.

Lisa Roberts is the current Chairman of Hospice West Auckland and has been involved with Hospice West Auckland Charitable Trust since 2006.  She is a partner with Corban Revell Lawyers, specialising in the fields of property and business.

Our people

Jo Seagar - Hospice Ambassador & Patron
Jo has been voluntary Hospice Ambassador since 1999 and Patron since December 2010. 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.

Anne Morgan- Practice Advisor
Anne joined the team at Hospice NZ in January 2011. Anne is an experienced palliative care nurse, with her most recent role being the Palliative Care Nurse Consultant with Christchurch Hospital Palliative Care team. Anne's particular areas of passion are older person’s health and education. 

Rachel Wilson- Communications Advisor 
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.

Rachael Crombie - Membership Projects Coordinator
Rachael joined us in August 2009 from The Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind, where she had spent several years in a role providing practical support around daily living and mobility to students and their families.  Prior to this Rachael worked in education and physiotherapy roles.  Rachael has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Post Graduate Diplomas in Rehabilitation and Public Health.

Mandy Gill - Executive PA
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.  

Chris Murphy- Project Leader
Chris is a Registered Nurse. She has practiced in England, Wales and New Zealand. This has included involvement with Waikato Hospice, Te Omanga Hospice and Mary Potter Hospice during her 21 years in New Zealand. Her specific experience and specialist qualifications include palliative care, community practice, caring for older people, education and quality.  Chris has a MA (Applied) Nursing and a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing (Palliative Care).

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