ELT Members

You are welcome to contact any one of our ELT team members to discuss hospice business relative to their role.

Biddy Harford

Chief Executive

I have worked with Te Omanga Hospice since 1988, my first role being as part of the administration team.  Prior to working with Te Omanga I was a legal secretary working in Auckland and Wellington.

I was appointed to the position of Administration Director in 1997, and then in 2000, following a review of the management structure, I was appointed to the position of Chief Executive.

I am also Chairman of Hospice New Zealand, the national hospice association.  In this role I have been successfully involved in advocating for hospices to receive a greater percentage of their funding from the Government.  I also Chair the Governance Group for a regional Palliative Care Network and sit on regional and local palliative care network groups.

In 2010 I was awarded the Weltec Medal, Wellington Institute of Technology, for my significant contribution to the Hutt Valley Region and the wider community in the field of Palliative Care and received the Outstanding Business Citizenship Award at the Bloom Her Businesswoman of the Year.

I count it a privilege to be part of such a dedicated and passionate team of people, totally focused on helping patients and families living with a life limiting condition to live every moment.

Dr Ian Gwynne-Robson

Medical Director


I have been the Medical Director at Te Omanga Hospice since November 2011. I joined the medical team as a Palliative Medicine Specialist in March 2008. I completed my medical degree at the University of Toronto.

I completed my post-graduate training in Family Medicine in Canada where I practiced in Family Medicine and Palliative Care for 10 years before moving to NZ in 2003. I trained as a Palliative Medicine Specialist in New Zealand.

Graeme Sinclair

Support Services Director

My role encompasses financial reporting to the ELT and both Boards, budgeting, defining and implementing technology strategy, project management of technology implementations, business and strategic planning and external financial reporting.  I have performed this role since October 2008.

I am a Chartered Accountant with 32 years experience in the accounting profession working as a Chartered Accountant in practice.

I work at Te Omanga because I enjoy working with the team of people at the hospice who are all working to enhance the lives of patients.

Mary Death

Director of Nursing and Clinical Support Services

I have been in the role of Director of Nursing at Te Omanga Hospice since April 2013.

I have a 20 year history of Palliative Care Nursing that includes qualifications in Advanced Nursing in Palliative Care, Certificate in Hospice Palliative Care and thesis level of Masters of Applied Nursing (not yet completed).  I also have management experience.

My care is patient-focused and I value the individuality of each person’s need to retain their uniqueness throughout their journey and illness.

I am privileged to work with people during an incredibly intimate and often challenging time in their lives. Hospice patients facing a life limiting condition often have to deal with a range of issues and needs. These can be exacerbated due to the short time they may have to address them. Knowing I may have assisted in easing their way through this time cannot be measured in words.

I work with an experienced, compassionate and multi-talented team whose daily adherence and delivery of the Te Omanga Values of Compassion, Respect, Learning and Partnership, ensure patients and their whānau experience the highest level of care.