Board of Trustees
The Starship Foundation Board of Trustees is a voluntary group of dedicated individuals who give their time to oversee the work of our charity. They are leaders in business, medicine and the community.
Martin Wiseman - Chair
Martin Wiseman is a senior corporate partner with more than 30 years experience in corporate, commercial and insolvency law. He has advised some of New Zealand’s largest and best-known businesses on complex transactions and on their day-to-day legal needs.
Martin is currently Country Managing Partner of DLA Piper New Zealand. He was at the forefront of the integration of the Australian and New Zealand businesses with DLA Piper.
As well as being Chair of the Starship Foundation, he is also a committee member and secretary of the Lake Tarawera Ratepayers' Association, which aims to preserve all the unique environment and water quality of Lake Tarawera in the Bay of Plenty.
Gretchen Hawkesby – Vice-Chair
Gretchen Hawkesby is a trustee of Friends of Starship and has been the Vice-Chair of the Starship Foundation since 2014. As Chair of Friends of Starship from 2009 – 2013, she helped raise over $1.6 million.
Gretchen has also been actively involved in fundraising at Auckland Boys Grammar school for their Academic Endowment Fund as well as heavily involved with a number of capital-raising projects at St Cuthbert’s College.
Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago, gaining extensive business and governance experience before joining her husband Duncan in their food manufacturing business Nature’s Oven. In 2007 she supported with the couple’s follow-up business Fliway Group until 2009.
Emma Maddren – Trustee
Emma Maddren is the Interim Director of Starship Community and Medical. She held the position of General Manager of Starship Child Health since 2013. She is also Vice President of Children’s Healthcare Australasia, a benchmarking and improvement entity which Starship actively contributes to.
Emma participates in a number of Starship and Auckland DHB wide initiatives including the COVID-19 response, Clinical Ethics Advisory Group, Information Privacy Governance Group, Critical Care Governance and significant capital development projects.
Her 25+ year career in the health sector has spanned primary care, community, secondary and tertiary services in both the public and private sectors in New Zealand. Her strong interest in health system improvement is reflected in a diverse portfolio of past national change and improvement initiatives.
Dr Cameron Grant – Trustee
Dr Cameron Grant is a general paediatrician at Starship Children’s Hospital, Head-Department of Paediatrics: Child & Youth Health and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Auckland.
He completed his MBChB at the University of Otago and PhD at the University of Auckland. Cameron is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and of the America Academy of Paediatrics.
His research focuses on prevalent child health problems, which cause disparities between population subgroups in New Zealand. With these health issues, often there is the potential to eliminate these disparities through immunisation or nutritional interventions.
His teaching skills have been recognised with faculty and university teaching awards including a University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award for sustained excellence in teaching.
Bryan Mogridge – Trustee
Bryan Mogridge ONZM has been deeply involved with the Starship community, a founding trustee, and recently retired as chair after 20 years in that role. He continues to serve as a trustee.
Bryan is the Chair of Bupa ANZ and Asia. He is currently a member of the Remuneration and Clinical Governance Committees having in the past been a member of the Audit and Risk Committees.
He has extensive experience at both the director and executive levels, spanning over 45 years. Bryan has served as CEO of two New Zealand based public companies and as a director of several public companies since 1984. He is currently a director and shareholder of Mainfreight plus a number of significant private companies.
Bryan has also served as Chair of national bodies such as the NZ Wine Institute, The NZ Food and Beverage Exporters Council and The New Zealand Tourism Board.
Dr John Beca – Trustee
Dr John Beca is one of two Directors of Starship Child Health, responsible for Surgery, Cardiac and Critical Care (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)). He is a paediatric intensive care doctor.
He trained in intensive care at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and has been working at Starship since returning to New Zealand in 1994.
John’s sub-specialty clinical interest is in cardiac and neuro-intensive care. He is also actively involved in research related to brain injury and development in children, and in charity medical work in the Middle East.
Robin Skeggs – Trustee
Robin Skeggs has 25 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer and as a General Manager in public and private healthcare and financial services.
Since 2016 he has been an independent consultant, mainly working on projects in the aged care and retirement village sector.
Robin holds a Programme for Management Development (PMD) from Harvard Business School, an Honours degree in accounting and finance from Otago University and is a Chartered Accountant.
Murray Jordan – Trustee
Murray Jordan is the former Managing Director of Foodstuffs North Island – one of New Zealand’s largest businesses - and an experienced company director.
Murray currently serves on the Boards of Metcash Limited (an ASX listed company), Chorus, SkyCity, Stevenson Group, Southern Cross Medical Society, Southern Cross Healthcare Limited, as well as the Starship Foundation.
His early career was in the property sector and he holds a Masters degree in Property Administration from the University of Auckland.
Dr Mike Shepherd – Trustee
Dr Mike Shepherd is the Director of Child Health, Director of the Douglas Starship Simulation Programme and a Paediatric Emergency Physician at Starship Child Health.
His 20 years of experience as a paediatric specialist has seen him become a strong advocate for children’s health, speaking to the media on a variety of issues including the importance of vaccinations, prevention of child injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes, and law changes that would put children’s health at risk.
As well as his roles at Starship, he is also the President of Advanced Paediatric Life Support (NZ) and President Elect of the Paediatric Society of NZ.
He holds a Fellow of Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP), Master of Public Health (MPH) and he is also Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland.
Michelle Atkinson – Trustee
Michelle Atkinson is a board member at Auckland District Health Board as well as the Starship Foundation.
She is particularly passionate about the wellbeing of children and young people in community settings and is committed to improving the inequitable health and social outcomes that many young people, including Rangatahi, experience.
Michelle’s background is in mental health. She established her career working across Auckland mental health systems, prompted by her own experience of distress.
She is a qualitative researcher with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Service Management and Bachelor of Arts with Honours.
Sarah Lynds – Trustee
Sarah Lynds has several years experience as a commercial litigator in a private practice and is a busy mum of two.
She has co-founded a variety of businesses from a legal services firm to her latest venture Halo & Swoon, a plant based baking company.
Passionate about philanthropy, Sarah has served on other charitable trust boards. She was also Chair of Friends of Starship for over 4 years, from 2014 - 2018.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) specialising in Media Law, along with a Master of Laws in commercial law, both from the University of Auckland.
Sharon Hunter – Trustee
Sharon Hunter has extensive entrepreneurial and business experience across all aspects of business from banking and finance to brand development.
She is a long standing member of the board and has served since 2002. Her expansive governance experience goes across not-for-profits, government and commercial organisations – both public and private.
Sharon is the Chair of Eventfinda, board member for Plexure, a mobile engagement software, as well as board member for Company of Women. She has also served on other various boards, including Antarctica New Zealand and the Rugby World Cup 2011.
Her latest business venture is Great Goodbyes, an online platform for arranging funerals, connecting services with the people who need them.
Amy Knightley – Trustee
Amy Knightley is Head of Marketing and Business Development at DLA Piper in New Zealand and is responsible for the development and delivery of the firm’s marketing and business development strategy.
She is an advocate for social mobility and was integral in developing the New Zealand iteration of DLA Piper’s social mobility programme, known as Head Start.
A Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Auckland, Amy has strategic business and marketing experience in senior marketing roles in the UK and New Zealand.
Simon Tipene Adlam - Trustee
Simon Tipene Adlam works globally as a Senior Executive Advisor for governments, cultural organisations and museum initiatives, projects and programmes specialising in organisational transformation.
Having recently returned from Los Angeles, Simon has established HAIMONA, a global leadership consultancy specialising in the brokerage of diplomatic cultural exchanges, mission-driven organisational change and cultural empowerment.
He has successfully delivered 13 cultural capital projects and over 80 programmes and exhibitions bringing a fresh perspective and global expertise in cultural diplomacy.
As our most recent member to the board, Simon is excited to bring his wealth of expertise in cultural diplomacy to the child health field.
Kia tūmāia i te ao i te pō! (Be constantly resilient and courageous)
Dame Rosie Horton – Patron
Dame Rosemary Horton DNZM QSO QSM is a philanthropist and mentor for New Zealand charities and our Patron. She was originally a founder of Friends of Starship and a Trustee of the Foundation.
Her passion and focus, over 40 years, has been women and children. She has been Chair of New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and Chair or Trustee of numerous other charitable organisations.
In 2011 she became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to philanthropy.
As well as being a Patron of the Starship Foundation, she is also Patron of Breast Cancer Foundation, Rautakauri Music Therapy Trust, World Child Cancer, the Gut Foundation and Abbeyfield New Zealand.
She is a Trustee of the Athlae Lyon Starship Research Trust and an Ambassador for Macular Degeneration and The University of Auckland’s Centre of Brain Research.