Chair – 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. Claire has been a board member for a number of years and was appointed as chair in 2023.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Accounting firm partner, Mother, Grandmother
Jane brings a wealth of business and governance nous to the One Mother to Another table. She is a Partner at Nexia New Zealand and has more than 30 years accounting and advisory experience. She also brings authentic wisdom and empathy having experienced first-hand what it’s like to have a child in hospital, and also a grandchild.
Business broker, father, grandfather
Athol McCully is a successful business broker throughout the South Island and the current Sales Manager of the NAI Harcourts Grenadier Business Broker team. His almost two decades in this field follows a career as a nurseryman and scientist. Athol is an active Rotarian and has been a champion of and an adviser to One Mother to Another since 2018. He is a father of three, grandfather of eight and enjoys boating and gardening.
Sir Jerry Mateparae
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
Joy Reid – Chief Executive & Co-Founder
Joy is the co-founder and Chief Executive of One Mother to Another. She is also a broadcast journalist with 18 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.
Natalie Chung – Project & Operations Manager
Natalie found out about One Mother to Another when she was gifted the amazing EATS cookbook. She was humbled by the work being done came on board first as a volunteer and now as project coordinator. Natalie has a background working in the NGO sector and has spent a decade working both here and abroad in fundraising, events and project coordination. Natalie has two children and loves being able to support the amazing work of One Mother to Another.
Catherine Holland – Volunteer & Sponsorship Coordinator
After Catherine’s son had a stay in NICU and her daughter a stay in the CAA Unit she knew she needed to do more for those parents that found themselves in those same positions. Catherine volunteered with One Mother to Another for 2 years by attending packing days, writing notes and crocheting hearts and has now joined the team to help with administration tasks and coordinating our volunteers. Catherine has 10 years experience working within the retail sector as an administrator on multiple levels. She is passionate about the work of One Mother to Another and about expanding its reach to help even more families.
Kirsty Drummond – Grants Coordinator
Kirsty found out about One Mother to Another after receiving a pack when her daughter was admitted to CAAU as a wee three month old baby in 2017 and still remembers how the pack looked and its contents, including the handwritten note. Kirsty began volunteering with One Mother to Another in 2019 by writing notes and in 2023 joined the team as Grants Coordinator. Kirsty has over 10 years experience in the insurance industry and has two young children and loves being able to support the amazing work of One Mother to Another.
Geoff Reid – Finance Officer
Geoff is One Mother to Another’s finance officer. Together with Joy, they lead One Mother to Another. All three of their children have spent time in hospital which is the driving force behind their passion to see it support others in that situation.
Fiona Reid – Note Writing Coordinator
Fiona is the note-writing co-ordinator, organising the team of note-writers to handwrite thousands of notes each year to go in the care packages. She is a grandmother and her three grandchildren have spent time in hospital.