Our Board & Patron

We are so excited to introduce you to some very special people at One Mother to Another. Their collective wisdom and experience is immense and we are beyond privileged to have them and their experience at the help!

Chair – Robert Murfitt

Recently retired Family and Youth Court Judge, father, grandfather, children’s author.

(Retired) Judge Murfitt brings a wealth of board, leadership and legal experience to One Mother to Another. He spent 16 years as a District Court judge in Taranaki and Christchurch (with a focus on the Family and Youth Court). This follows an accomplished legal career starting in 1973. He has been heavily involved with the charity “Big Brother, Big Sister” and has a wonderful heart for our community and the work of One Mother to Another supporting parents through a difficult season.

Joy Reid

Co-founder and Chief Executive of One Mother to Another, TVNZ Journalist, mother of three

Joy helped start One Mother to Another in May 2016. She is now the Executive Officer of the charity, with a big passion for seeing its influence and reach grow. She is also an active journalist with 15 years in the industry. She is currently a TVNZ reporter, formerly the organisation’s Europe Correspondent. She is also a mother of three and knows firsthand how vulnerable and frightening it is to be a parent of a sick child in hospital.

Graham Dockrill

Entrepreneur, adjunct associate professor and investor

Graham brings a business brain and energy to One Mother to Another’s board. He’s a sought-after business strategist and investor with a background in the Information Technology sector. He’s a successful entrepreneur and company director – the founder of four hi-tech start-ups, and an expert salesman drawing on more than two decades of selling experience in various global markets.

Gwenda Kendrew

General Manager, Māmā, Kuia

Gwenda, of Te Aupōuri te iwi, is a loved wife, mum to 4 adult sons, 3 beautiful daughters-in-law and 5 mokopuna.  She’s currently the General Manager of Operations at Aviva – a family and sexual violence agency within the Waitaha region and brings a strong passion to help those in need within our communities.  She has a bachelor of social work in Bi-Cultural practice.  Gwenda has experienced first hand what it’s like to be a Māmā in the neonatal unit following the birth of her twin boys. Her memories of that time, the care of the staff and support of many friends offers her some personal insight into the work of One Mother to Another.

Annie Cameron

Minister, mother of three.

Annie has been a church pastor for more than 2 decades. She has a background in primary education and extensive experience in managing teams and leading volunteers in a charitable environment. She has supported One Mother to Another since its inception and has a passion for mentoring and helping others.

Warren Nairn

Charge Nurse Manager, Children’s Acute Assessment Unit, Christchurch Hospital, father of two.

Warren has been the Charge Nurse of Christchurch’s Children’s Acute Assessment Unit since 2013. With his extensive paediatric nursing experience, he brings a welcome healthcare perspective and sees firsthand where One Mother to Another’s influence is needed most. He was there on day one when the first One Mother to Another gift bags were donated and has been a big supporter ever since. He has volunteered with children’s charities in Palestine and Romania.

Claire Cowles

Project manager and mother of two

Claire Cowles is an expert in marketing, communication, project management and fundraising with more than two decades experience in the sector both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Throughout her career she has helped raise four million dollars for charity, including the successful organisation of the popular Pop Up Penguins and Christchurch Stands Tall giraffe trail. She is also a mother of two and an avid baker.

Sir Jerry Mateparae – Our Patron

Former Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae

Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, the former Governor-General, came on board as our patron in 2020. A distinguished leader, Sir Jerry Mateparae is also a father and a koro who has also experienced having a child in hospital.

Sometimes the simplest gestures of kindness can be the most effective. I believe One Mother to Another encompasses the Māori saying “Aroha atu, Aroha mai – Love given, Love returned”.

Sir Jerry Mateparae