Dame Therese Walsh 

Ambassador 

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
 

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 Catherine Hannan

Founding Member since 2011

Catherine is a Sister of Compassion.  

Teacher in Māori 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.”

Catherine Hannan
 
 

 
 
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 Member

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

Why I Volunteer

“I believe that what you walk past is what you choose to accept. I have lived in Wellington most of my life and I don’t accept the high rates of homelessness for the women of our city. That is why I choose to volunteer for the Trust.”

Lauren Kelly
 
 

 
 
Jo Cribb
 

Jo Cribb

BOARD MEMBER

With a background in leading and governing public service organisations and NGOs, Jo brings expertise in gender issues, social services, governance, policy and advocacy to the Board.

WHY I VOLUNTEER

“I have a warm safe bed to sleep in every night. I am grateful for this. But the reality for many women - women who call our city home and live close to all of us - is that they will not have a safe, warm bed tonight. That is why I volunteer for the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust.”

 
 
 
 
 

Huia Peachey

Ngāti Porou me Te Ati Awa

BOARD MEMBER

Public sector manager specialising in education, strategy, and workforce development. Has experience in social sector relationships, integrated working models, and quality improvement systems.

WHY I VOLUNTEER

“Māori are disproportionately affected by homelessness and its resulting complexities. It’s important therefore that approaches to addressing these issues have a solid te ao Māori foundation and take into account our obligations as Treaty partners.”

Huia Peachey
 
 

 
 
Sister Clare Vaughan
 

Sister Clare Vaughan

BOARD MEMBER

Clare is a Sister of Mercy.

Clare has a background in primary school teaching and has spent over twenty years in administrative work for Leadership, serving on hospital and school Boards. Clare is presently involved as manager for Mercy Villas Upper Hutt providing rental accommodation for seniors in the local community.

WHY I VOLUNTEER

“Housing is integral to a person’s wellbeing. To be part of the Trust is contributing to the rebuilding of women’s lives.”

 
 

 
 
 

Cormac Denton

BOARD MEMBER & ACCOUNTANT

Cormac is the Chief Financial Officer of Kapura. A Chartered Accountant with 15 years of financial experience Cormac has a commercial financial background specialising in high growth companies.

WHY I VOLUNTEER

“As a father, husband and son it is not good enough to say someone else will help. The Trust is run primarily by women for women. My ‘why’ is to set an example to others not to overlook the help you can give. We need to set the example and be the change. Making a difference is about changing circumstances and giving a voice to those without.”

Cormac+Denton
 
 

 
 
Tracy+Plane
 

Tracy Plane

BOARD MEMBER

Tracy is a public sector manager who specialises in strategy and planning.

A qualified lawyer, Tracy was admitted to the bar in 2009, and brings critical thinking skills and legal acumen to the board.

Tracy also brings extensive experience in building relationships and developing partnerships that foster community wellbeing.

WHY I VOLUNTEER

“I am acutely aware of how lucky I am to have grown up in a safe home, to be tertiary educated, and to have employment opportunities. My aspiration is for every woman in New Zealand to have the opportunities that I have had. Being part of the Trust is my small way of working towards that.”