Good Shepherd New Zealand is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.
Diana Crossan, Chair
Diana was interested in joining Good Shepherd New Zealand because of the focus on support for disadvantaged girls and women. As well as her role as Chair of the Good Shepherd New Zealand Board, she is currently involved with several boards in the private, public and community sectors that focus on financial literacy, financial products and support for refugees. Diana has held board positions for several major companies in the past, including the Ngai Tahu savings scheme, Whai Rawa for nine years and Chair of the JR McKenzie Trust for 10 years.
Diana has held the position of Chief Executive for Wellington Free Ambulance since February 2013. Wellington Free Ambulance has over 300 staff and provides world-class free emergency and paramedic healthcare to the greater Wellington region.
Starting her career as a probation officer, Diana has held several senior roles in the public service including the head of the Equal Employment Opportunities unit and Group Manager HR for the Justice Department. She was in the set-up team for Contact Energy and, for a short time, she was General Manager Hydro at Clyde and Roxburgh dams. Diana worked in the senior management team in AMP in both New Zealand and the UK.
More recently Diana was New Zealand’s Retirement Commissioner for 10 years, working to increase the financial literacy of New Zealanders and to provide advice to the government regarding New Zealand’s retirement income policies.
Sr Monica Walsh, Province Leader
Sr Monica joined the board in 2015. She was elected as the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province Leader of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand in May 2016 after nine months as Acting Province Leader. Having served on four Province Leadership Teams and as a member of province committees and boards over many years, Sr Monica is an experienced leader.
Sr Monica was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and entered the Good Shepherd Congregation in Melbourne in 1963. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Masters Degrees in Pastoral Ministry and Counselling.
Sr Monica’s ministry has included working with adolescents in crisis and working with family violence and child abuse survivors. Monica has also served in other ministries, such as community development in low socio-economic areas and general counselling.
Sr Teresa Donworth
Sr Teresa has been involved in the Board since its inception in 2012. She is committed to working to support people, especially women and girls, to begin the journey of realising their potential in employment.
Sr Teresa has experience in New Zealand and Australia working for accountants and at the Commercial Bank of Australia. She was in her early twenties when she joined the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and has been involved in many ministries in residential, community and institutional settings. She was a prison chaplain in male prisons for 15 years, and she has been involved with The Trading Circle for eight years.
After more than 50 years with Good Shepherd, Sr Teresa feels grateful for the numerous people she’s been privileged to support and work with who have inspired and enriched her along the way.
Sr Mary Feehan
Sr Mary was appointed as a founding member of the board in 2012. She is committed to working towards reconciliation, justice and peace, and to advocating for those who are vulnerable.
Sr Mary joined Good Shepherd at Mt Magdala in Christchurch more than 50 years ago, and her early years in religious life were spent caring for girls in a residential setting. When a change in social welfare policies in the late 1970s brought about the closure of residential institutions in New Zealand, Sr Mary became involved in a variety of ministries.
In the mid-1990s, Sr Mary began supporting refugees and migrants, mainly from the Middle East, to adjust to life in New Zealand. Many of the women she worked with experienced homesickness and loneliness, finding themselves living for the first time in a nuclear family situation in the suburbs instead of with extended family in densely populated areas. Sr Mary carried out this role for 20 years and befriended many of the women she worked with.
Sr Sharon FitzGerald
Sr Sharon joined the Board as a founding member in 2012. She is committed to working for justice, reconciliation and peace, particularly for those who are vulnerable in society.
Sr Sharon became a Good Shepherd Sister at Mt Magdala in Christchurch in 1965. For many years she was involved in Good Shepherd’s centres for teenage girls in several locations in New Zealand. In 1972 Sr Sharon moved to Sydney to support people on the streets of Kings Cross, the city’s red light district. During her 19 years in Sydney she had the privilege of working at a centre for ecology and spirituality in the Hunter Valley, NSW.
Since returning to Auckland more than a decade ago, Sr Sharon has focused on supporting people through spiritual direction, counselling and supervision. Over the years, an understanding of the interconnectedness of all that exists has become integral to her life and work.
Hayley is a qualified lawyer and human rights practitioner specialising in the design and management of development and aid programmes. She currently manages teams working on programmes in Australia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.
Hayley started her career in commercial law, later taking up roles in business development and consulting. Working for the World Health Organisation in Denmark sparked her interest in human rights after which time she re-trained, gaining a masters degree in the subject from The University of Sydney. A key area of interest for Hayley is economic and social development, particularly designing programmes to empower women and girls through education and resources.
Hayley joined the Good Shepherd New Zealand Board in 2015 and is passionate about ensuring the organisation brings long-term benefits to marginalised women and girls through its services.
Chris joined the Good Shepherd New Zealand Board in 2014 after a 30-year career in senior general and financial management roles in the corporate sector, including Group Chief Financial Officer of Fulton Hogan Ltd, a large Australasian civil contracting business.
Chris was educated at St Pauls High School in Dunedin, has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University and is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He began his career in the Dunedin office of Arthur Young Chartered Accountants and progressed through to partnership in the Wellington office after international secondments to London and Bermuda.
After chartered accounting, Chris moved into the corporate sector with Brierley Investments and has had held Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer roles in New Zealand and Australia. On retirement in July 2014, Chris also joined the board of a Melbourne property development company.
Married with two daughters and living in Melbourne, Chris is keen to give back to the community after a long corporate career and believes that working to advance the interests of women and girls is worthwhile and rewarding.
Louise joined the Good Shepherd New Zealand Board in 2016. She has a strong interest in helping women—young women in particular—achieve their potential and in building strong, connected and resilient communities.
Louise is a Chartered Accountant and Chief Executive of the Rātā Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic funders in New Zealand. With an investment portfolio of over $560 million, Rātā makes grants of over $20 million every year to community organisations in Nelson, Marlborough, Chatham Islands and Canterbury. She is also an independent Director on the Canterbury Development Corporation and holds several private company board appointments.
Louise has more than 20 years' senior executive experience across a number of industries, both in New Zealand and overseas. In particular, Louise has held senior executive positions within the New Zealand financial services industry and is an experienced leader with a wealth of financial management acumen.
In conjunction with her busy corporate life, Louise has always maintained strong community sector links which include her work with the Canterbury Business Recovery Trust, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, University of Canterbury Foundation, Christchurch Resettlement Services, Canterbury Earthquake Children’s Trust, Canterbury Branch Committee of Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Council of Victim Support.
Emma has worked in Wellington's mental health and addiction sector for 15 years, developing and managing a variety of initiatives targeting individuals who experience severe and enduring mental illness, trauma and deprivation. Emma is dedicated to mobilising the ability of mental health and addiction services to restore dignity and wellbeing to our most disenfranchised populations. She is currently Manager of Centrel Region Eating Disorder Service (CREDS) at the Hutt Valley District Health Board. CREDS is a tertiary mental health service providing outpatient and residential care for individuals with eating disorders in the Lower North Island.
In 2011 Emma was instrumental in establishing Te Roopu Aramuka Wharoaroa (Aramuka), an intensive recovery service in the mental health directorate at Wellington Hospital for homeless and substance dependent people who have high and complex needs. Under Emma’s management, Aramuka was responsible for the development of several highly successful community initiatives, including the Wellington Special Circumstances Court and Te Mahana, New Zealand’s first homelessness strategy.
Emma has worked in an advisory capacity with a large number of non-government and social enterprise agencies in New Zealand and Australia, and sees Good Shepherd New Zealand as an invigorated, insightful and inspiring leader in the sector. She is delighted to be involved with Good Shepherd New Zealand, and deeply appreciative of its achievements in her community.