Our Board

Our Board of Trustees provide governance for Dove Hospice on behalf of the communities we serve, offering their experience, expertise and wisdom to the Hospice on a voluntary basis.


Graham Fabian,


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.

Simon Jones

Executive Trustee

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. During this time he was seconded to the BNZ as a senior relationship manager in their business division.

Karen O'Connell


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. 

Peter Ross


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.

Rob Joliffe


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.

Dr Graeme Kidd


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.


Warwick Leyland

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.

Michael O'Brian


Michael is a barrister specialising in employment law. Michael has practised in employment law for over 18 years, previously working in major NZ firms.


Michael has a keen interest in football, and coaches and referees youth football.

Isabella Tedcastle


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.


Vanesse Geel

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.


Jenny Rogers

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.

The Foundation

The Eastern Bays Hospice (Dove Hospice) Foundation was created in December 2001 to provide a focus on the management of the Hospice’s investments separately from the management of the Hospice operations. 

During the time of the Foundation, the investment portfolio has continued to grow significantly.  It is important that it continues to grow so that Dove House can operate worry-free, knowing that the Foundation is there to support its services in emergency situations.