Our People

Julie McCarthy
Executive Director

Julie has over 25 years international health experience. She started her career as an occupational therapist in the UK and immigrated to New Zealand in 1996. Her career has spanned the public, private and charitable trust sectors where she has worked in hospital and community services both as a clinician and senior health manager. In 2010 she graduated in Australia with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).

Prior to her taking up her role with Dove Hospice, Julie was the CEO of a private Surgical Hospital for twelve years. During this time she was elected into the position of Vice President of New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association, serving on their Executive for seven years during which time she participated in a number of national initiatives for ACC, the Ministry of Health and the private hospital sector.


Janine Ewan
Chief Executive Dove House Clinical Services

Janine trained as a Registered Nurse. She developed her interest in health work within the community setting after living and volunteering in the Pacific Islands. Her passion for palliative care was ignited when working for Mercy Hospice Auckland, which was a stepping stone to the Nurse Manager position at Eastern Bays Hospice fifteen years ago. Janine was involved in the set up of the retail arm, the development of the volunteer programme. She provided leadership for the emerging Hospice service. Janine’s focus is on ensuring the continuance of the exceptional service provision, the on-going development of relationships and collaborative ventures that support this, and the evolution of a model of care that can be replicated and made available across all communities.



Trish Melville
Clinical Services Manager

Trish came to New Zealand from Nottingham, United Kingdom, in 1986. She worked for many years at Auckland Hospital Oncology Department as a Research Nurse for various clinical trials. Later she joined the Cancer Society as a Community Liaison Nurse in the Eastern Bays area where she became engaged with Dove House. Trish has been Clinical Services Manager at Dove House for the past five years. She loves the busy role and being part of the skilled multi-disciplinary team.

Lesley Gamlen
Counselling Services Manager

Lesley Gamlen is the Counselling Services Manager at Dove Hospice. Lesley has previously worked as a primary school teacher, and as a counsellor and psychotherapist. She has worked in the field of counselling and psychotherapy for over twenty years. Lesley is passionate about living life as fully as possible even though circumstances may impose limits upon us. It is her goal to ensure the Dove House Counselling Service continues to provide a safe space to explore and respond to the challenges that come with coping with life threatening illness, caring for those with life threatening illnesses, and bereavement.