The Board is responsible for the governance of Cranford Hospice.


John Buck - Patron

John Buck of Te Mata Estate is the first Hawke's Bay resident Patron of Cranford Hospice. John has a long association with Cranford Hospice. He was instrumental in establishing the HB Charity Wine Auction in 1991, 26 years ago.

John and his wife Wendy, have lived in Hawke's Bay since buying Te Mata Estate in 1974, and have three sons, Jonathan, Nicholas and Toby, living here with their wives/partners, and six grandchildren.

John has unlimited enthusiasm for Hawke's Bay and its capabilities. His contribution to the wine industry, the arts, and New Zealand has been acknowledged in many ways. He is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM), and also has an OBE and the New Zealand Commemoration Medal, as well as an Honorary D.Comm from Lincoln University. He is a Fellow of the Wine Institute of New Zealand, a life member of Hawke's Bay Winegrowers, and the 2012 inductee into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame. He is also a member of Matahiwi Marae in Lawn Road.


Frane Rosandich - Acting Chair

Frane is the Central Region's Senior Advisor to the High and Complex Needs Unit at the Ministry of Social Development. He has a strong background in social work, particularly in developing Maori models of social work practice. He was the chairperson for Parentline HB Inc for seven years until it merged and became a division of Family Works PSEC and is a current Presbyterian East Coast Board member. Frane has volunteered at Hawke's Bay Regional Prison within the Whare Tirohanga Maori Focus unit for 17 years.



Helen Walker QSM for Services to the Community

Rurally based, Helen Walker QSM has held governance positions for a range of community-based and National organisations. These include NZ School Trustees Association, Past President of Waipawa Musical and Dramatic Club, with her passion being Musical Director of operas and musical theatre.

Helen is also Chairman of the New Zealand Singing School Trust, a Trustee of Connecting for Youth Employment, Chairman of the Central Ethics Committee, Board Member and Past Chairman of the Medical Sciences Council and with her husband runs a successful farming operation in Central Hawkes Bay.

Helen has been a Director of Unison Networks, a Kaitiaki/Guardian of the Turnbull Library, Director of Health Hawkes Bay, Director of the Hawkes Bay District Health Board and Chairman of the Central Hawkes Bay Consumers' Power Trust. Helen has a BSc (Massey) majoring in physiology and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand


Tim Bevin

A fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, with a post graduate certificate in addiction studies.

Tim has been a Hawke's Bay GP and part time medical officer for Hawke's Bay District Health Board Addiction Services for 27 years.

He is also medical advisor for Te Poutama Tautoko Addiction Programme, chairman of the directors of City Medical and deputy chairman of Springhill Trust.


Pat Turley

Pat Turley created Turley & Co with his wife Sue in 1998, a commercial and specialised property valuation and strategy practice working NZ-wide.  Pat works with major organisation executive manager clients, including property advisory for boards.  In 2012 for Presbyterian Support East Coast, he completed a Cranford Hospice Strategic Property Plan pointing to a relocation for the inpatient unit. 

Pat has been a volunteer trust board member for the Maraetōtara Tree Trust river restoration project since 2009, and Chair since 2014.  Pat has a BBS majoring in valuation later gaining professional qualifications including Registered Valuer.'


Julie Russell

Julie Russell is a graduate of the University of Canterbury and Massey University, and over the last 35 years has run businesses in horticulture and tourism in Hawke's Bay with her husband. She is also the founding director of the biennial Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition (which raises funds for Cranford Hospice).

Beyond her own business interests, Julie is also a director of the Tasman Tanning Company in Whanganui.

Julie has a strong interest in and passion for the Hawke's Bay community – having been involved with school boards – and was appointed as the community representative to the Cranford Hospice Board in 2015.  

Julie is married to Mike and has three adult daughters and two grandchildren.


Garth Cowie

Garth Cowie's early career was with the Government Audit Office in Invercargill, before accepting a role at the Southland Harbour Board in Bluff. Following twenty years at the Port, the last five as CEO of South Port New Zealand Ltd, Garth accepted the position as CEO of the Port of Napier Ltd in 1999.

Recently retired following 18 successful years at Napier Port, Garth has moved into a variety of other consultancy work in transport and infrastructure, as well as other Governance roles. These include Chairing the Hawkes Bay Joint Governance Group on Safe Drinking Water along with its Working Group, and the Hastings District Council's 3 Waters Improvement Committee.  Garth was recently made a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, recognising his contribution and service to the accounting profession over many years.



Andrea Jopling

Andrea has fifteen years' experience as a project manager, strategic planner and funder in the health and social services sectors. She has worked in Lakes and Hawke's Bay DHBs and in the primary and community sector. She is currently an independent consultant. Andrea has a keen interest in palliative care and has had a relationship with Cranford Hospice for several years, first as a funder at HBDHB and then as the Project Manager who assisted us with Service Design & Business Case Development as part of the Hospice Innovation Funding project. That proposal was approved for funding by the Ministry of Health and we are currently employing 3 people in those roles. Andrea was educated at the University of London and is undertaking Post Graduate studies at Massey University in Evaluation Research. She is currently also a Board Member of DOVE Hawke's Bay, a social services NGO which works to stop, heal and prevent family violence. Andrea is married to a kiwi, and is enjoying raising two young sons in Hawke's Bay.


Richard Brown

After having enjoyed an extensive global banking career in a variety of senior positions with HSBC, Richard moved to Hawke's Bay from Malta in early 2014, along with his wife Jennifer and daughters. Jennifer's family are long-time residents of Hawke's Bay, while his daughters Tamzin and Lucy currently attend Iona College in Havelock North.

Richard brings a significant depth of experience in Banking Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Customer Service, Marketing and Compliance to the role.

Richard currently owns Tironui Estate, a boutique vineyard located above The Mission, near Taradale.