Dame Therese Walsh 


Therese is Professional Director and Chartered Accountant. 

  • Currently sits on the Boards of Air NZ Ltd, ASB Bank Ltd, TVNZ Ltd and NZX Ltd.
  • Background in sports having held leadership roles in both the Rugby World Cup 2011 and the Cricket World Cup 2015.   
  • Holds governance roles with Victoria University and Wellington Regional Stadium.


Why I Volunteer

"As a Wellington woman I was very keen to be part of the team at the Trust that looks after so many women in need and also works hard to find sustainable solutions for each of them. It is a fabulous cause and one that provides a much needed service for the community I live in."



Kirsten Patterson

Board Chair

Kirsten Patterson is Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. 

  • Qualified lawyer and a member of the New Zealand Law Society.

  • Chartered Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand. 

  • A member of Global Women.

  • Trustee, and first woman appointed to the NZ Rugby Foundation (Charity) Board.

  • Chair of the Lower Hutt Community Facilities Trust.

Kirsten has extensive leadership experience and is a strong advocate on gender and diversity issues within our community.


Why I Volunteer

“The homelessness problem in Wellington can be really confronting when you walk along the city streets and see women who need help. Where do you start? How do you make a difference? To those of us who have been lucky enough to not have to walk their path, there is much we can do to help. Only through a collective community effort will we make the societal changes we all want and need.”



Sister Marcellin Wilson

Founding member & treasurer since 2011

Marcellin joined the Sisters of Mercy at the age of 24 after beginning a legal career in a Wellington Firm. As Sr. Mary Marcellin Wilson she gained her teachers Diploma in 1959 and taught at Mercy Colleges in Wellington & Palmerston North.

She was awarded the Companion of NZ Order of Merit in 2000 for her community service contributions in a number of organisations.

She was also elected to be the National President of the NZ Catholic Commission for Social Justice (appointment by Cardinal of the time), and in this capacity she prepared and submitted a number of submissions to Select Committees.

Her motto during her religious life has been “Serve the Lord with Joy”.


Catherine Hannan

Sister Catherine Hannan

Founding Member since 2011

Catherine is a Sister of Compassion.  

Teacher in Maori schools on the Whanganui River and in an Aborigine Mission in western New South Wales, Australia.

After graduating with Honours in Social Science & Psychology from the University of Sydney, she worked in Catholic Social Services in Wellington and Arohata Women’s Prison. 

A member of several Church & Social Welfare boards: 

  • Leader of the Sisters of Compassion.
  • Prostitution Legislation Committee.
  • Law Society Complaints Committee.
  • Chair of the Board of Caritas Aotearoa, NZ.

Currently a volunteer at the Compassion Soup Kitchen and a member of the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust.


Why I Volunteer

“No woman in Wellington should be without housing so I needed to help.”



Susan Sonntag


Chartered Accountant and specialises in public sector accounting.

More than 30 years’ experience working in a variety of roles which has given her extensive knowledge and a reputation for open engagement and integrity.


Why I Volunteer

“My work at the Trust enables me to make a difference in womens’ lives as well as giving me the opportunity to do the kind of hands on Accounting work that you don’t get to do in a large Corporate or Government organisation”

Susan Sonntag

Francess Broatch

Frances Broatch

Board member

Public sector consultant, specialising in relationship development and programme delivery at both a strategic and operational level.

She holds the unique ability to see the big picture and offers important input on strategic direction of the Trust.

She has proven experience in developing and applying skills around partnership and collaboration to achieve better outcomes for organisations and customers.


Why I Volunteer

“I have been involved with the Trust since 2013 and truly believe that the Trust can make a difference to the lives of our women if they have the will to accept the support offered and make incremental changes to their lives – what a gift to give another person”



Carol Devlin

Board Member

Registered Comprehensive Nurse focused on providing advice on clinical aspects of operations at the Trust. 

  • DAPAANZ Reg: Practitioner.
  • Member of DAANA (Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia).
  • Professional in the addiction field since 2008. 
  • Currently the Clinical team leader for alcohol & other drugs while assisting co-existing services for an NGO Wellington service.
  • Oversees AOD/CEP services while liaising with clients, their whanau and associated clinical teams/agencies.


Why I Volunteer

“Society has a responsibility to prevent homelessness. Homeless people are not the other. It could be you, or your family or your friend one day”.

Carol Devlin

Moira Gilmour

Moira Gilmour

Board Member

Registered nurse having practiced in many different areas of both medical and psychiatric health.

  • Master’s degree of nursing science MSN.
  • Manages the advanced practice portfolio on the management committee for DANA (drug & alcohol nurses of Australasia.

She has worked in mental health and addiction field for the last 19 years. Her role is wide ranging and covers both community and inpatient work. She is also involved in the development of nursing in the alcohol and drug field at both local and national level.

Moira gets great satisfaction from the work she does, enjoys teaching and encouraging all health professionals to always be mindful of the complexity in people’s lives that may have been the precursor for their current health situation.


Why I Volunteer

“The opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of woman who have fallen on difficult times and struggling to see a way forward”



Lauren Kelly

Board Secretary

Lauren has a background in communications in both the public and private sector.  

“Currently working in communications and engagement at the Ministry for the Environment, she understands that good advice results in better business decisions and is committed to working in a way that ensures that all voices are heard.


Why I Volunteer

“I have chosen to volunteer for the Trust to contribute to the vital work the Trust does to help vulnerable women of Wellington.”

Lauren Kelly