Our People

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things”- Mother Teresa.

Our Staff

Nurses - Dove House

Kathryn Jackson

Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

Toni Hancock

Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

Orla O’Riordan

Registered Nurse, Experienced Palliative Care Nurse

Bridget Stoneman

Registered Nurse, Experienced Oncology Nurse


Dr Graeme Kidd

General Practitioner, Medical Counsellor

Joanne Wilkinson


Lesley Gamlen


Steffi Richter


Sheryn Fung


Body Therapists

Fi Darracott-Cankovic

Acupuncture, Shiatsu Therapist

Kelly Woods

Reiki, Reflexology, Relaxation Massage

Mary Wakefield

Lymphoedema Therapist, Reiki, Oncology Massage, Aromatherapy

Linda Browne

Reiki, Oncology Massage, Skin and Nail Therapist

Julia Mead

Reiki, Skin and Nail Therapist, Oncology Massage

Administration and Management

Letitia Howarth

Distribution Retail Selector Team Leader

Lionel Lee

Distribution Logistics Team Leader

Bridget Burnett

Volunteer Advocate

Karen White

Administration Manager

Jacky Gorham

Retail Operations Manager

Amy Conlon

Marketing, E-Commerce, and Communications Manager

Nicola Edie

Financial Accountant

Adrienne Rekké

People & Culture Lead

Simon Jones

Executive Trustee

Stephanie Forde

Integrated Care Manager

Chyrese Laubscher

Administrator / Receptionist

Dove Hospice Board of Trustees

Peter has 40 years experience as a chartered Accountant and Management Consultant, in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Europe. He was involved as a consultant in the Health Sector reforms of the 80’s and 90’s and continues these connections in his directorship of a Telemedicine technology provider. ​ He still operates as a management consultant across a wide range of industries, however the majority of his time is now directed towards the not for profit and charitable sectors of the community.

Peter Ross

Board Chair

​I am a registered psychologist currently working with the Ministry of Education in New Zealand) and also a NZ Winston Churchill Fellow (2020). I strive to use and develop my leadership and professional skills to facilitate and influence patient/whānau centred care and support for people who experience life threatening or life altering illness. I thrive on challenge, finding innovative solutions when facing change and highly value the concept of lifelong learning. I understand Dove Model of care from both a professional and consumer point of view and look forward to embracing the development and continued implementation thereof.

Vanesse Geel


Roger Harris


Jenny is a 68-year-old retired nurse. Married to her husband Angus for 48 years, Jenny is very family focused and is the proud mother of two sons and two young grandchildren. Jenny’s career has seen her nursed in hospitals, as a district nurse and practise nurse, and she also had a successful retail and corporate gifting business in St Heliers for 11 years. As a Breast Cancer survivor, Jenny connected with Dove Hospice and our services, and following this started volunteering at our Glen Innes shop and Distribution Centre.

Jenny Rogers


Isabella Tedcastle was the driving force behind the establishment of the Eastern Bays Hospice Trust Board in 1992. She has served on the Hospices of Auckland executive as the Eastern Bays representative. She regularly volunteers at the Dove Shop, a second-hand shop she helped to establish to raise funds for Dove House, where she voluntarily works as a bereavement group facilitator. She recently received Plunket’s 30-year Long Service Award for her work for the Auckland East Branch and the Auckland Area Society of volunteer committees. Since 1983, Isabella has been part of the National Council of Women Auckland Branch and is also part of the Committee of Pacific Women’s Watch.

Isabella Tedcastle


Warwick graduated from Auckland University with a Masters of Commerce in Economics, and proceeded to work in a variety of industries in NZ, Australia and UK in the fields of Microeconomics, Manufacturing, and Management. After three years as the CEO Europe of a large stationery company, he returned to NZ and in 1998 purchased a reprographic and printing company. This era heralded the introduction of digital printing and internet based commerce, and the company rode this wave until selling out to a local competitor in 2018. Since then, Warwick has been actively involved in a number of charitable trusts and in the community through his Rotary club.

Warwick Leyland


Since 2008 Graeme has been medical officer and counsellor at Dove Hospice having also served 15 years between 1998 and 2013, as medical officer at Totora Hospice, South Auckland. A GP for 37 years, Graeme’s practice is Howick House Medical Centre, east Auckland.

Dr Graeme Kidd


Rob has over 30 years experience in chartered accounting and financial management. He received a good grounding at an international accounting firm, and further to chartered accountancy work, he held a senior position for a large listed company as well as being involved in a successful business start up. ​ Rob has a wide range of experience in all aspects of financial management including accounting, tax planning, business structuring and management across the manufacturing, retail, property and service industry sectors.

Rob Joliffe


Graham has had over 42 years in business starting out as a Chartered Accountant and then holding senior general manager positions and directorships within a variety of industries including freight forwarding, international trade, cement manufacture and FMCG. Over the past nine years, he has owned his own food retail outlet. Graham has been a Board member since August 2014.

Graham Fabian

Deputy Chair

Simon is an executive-level leader and chartered accountant with over 25 years of business and finance experience in a variety of sectors including retail, transport, professional services, banking, telecommunications, manufacturing and healthcare. Most recently, Simon led a large, privately owned investment group with a portfolio of retail and transportation assets including Bike Barn and Sealink. Simon has had eleven years working at a senior level in financial advisory services for Big 4 firms KPMG and PWC.

Simon Jones

Executive Trustee

Karen O’Connell is a qualified teacher, currently working part-time at St Ignatius School as a Release and Relief teacher and as Sport Coordinator. She has been involved with many community-based initiatives in the Eastern Bays Suburbs, including Plunket, Catholic Church, and Fitness and Sports Groups. She is involved in promoting fitness and sport for wellbeing, encouraging others to be involved. Karen has been active in managing New Zealand representative waterski teams as they travel to compete overseas.

Karen O’Connell