Catrin Devonald, Chief Executive Officer

Catrin joined as CEO in April 2020 after working in senior roles with cancer charities in New Zealand and in the UK for over 10 years. Catrin has a wealth of experience in not-for-profit fundraising and leadership. “It is an honour and a privilege to be part of the Sweet Louise team. Driven by a personal and family connection with cancer, I want to make sure Sweet Louise can be … Read More

Karri Reading, Data and IT Officer

Karri joined Sweet Louise in 2016 originally as our Support Administrator and now works as our Data and IT officer. Karri has a background in medical editing and office administration with a strong knowledge base in public health, not-for-profit, and academic spheres. “I am very proud to be a part of Sweet Louise. It is a unique organisation with compassion and support at it’s core.” Contact [email protected]

Simone Tulua, Finance Officer

Simone joined Sweet Louise as our Finance Officer in October 2022. She has worked in administration, accounts and finance roles across various industries for over 15 years, in between raising a family. Simone has a passion for her work and is excited to embark on this new chapter of her career at Sweet Louise. “It is a great privilege to work with the Sweet Louise Team,” says Simone. “Working for … Read More

Nadine Morton, Support Coordinator

Nadine is Support Coordinator for the Auckland Central, East and South regions. Nadine is a qualified occupational therapist from South Africa, who worked overseas for a number of years before settling in New Zealand with her family in 2003. She upskilled as a counsellor and worked for Mother`s Helpers and as a college counsellor until the end of last year. She has a strong interest in mindfulness and stress management. … Read More

Supporting women with incurable breast cancer in Northland

Kendra Ellis, Support Coordinator

Kendra joined Sweet Louise in July 2020 and is the Support Coordinator for Auckland North and Northland regions. She is a registered nurse who has worked in the palliative care sector for over 16 years with Harbour Hospice North Shore. She has a postgraduate diploma in Health Sciences and a passion for working to support people. Kendra has travelled extensively around the world and lived in Edinburgh where she met … Read More

Sara Jensen, Support Coordinator

Sara is our Support Coordinator for the Northland region. Sara has a background in nursing and midwifery. “I love the concept of Sweet Louise, and am already amazed by the members that I’ve met – who are the core and strength of this organisation.” In her free time Sara loves anything that takes her to the bush or ocean, and loves to kayak and walk.

Sally Babington, Support Coordinator

Sally is our Support Coordinator for Wellington, Kapiti Coast, Wairarapa and Taranaki. Sally trained and worked as a social worker, before moving into leadership roles in social services, both for the government and the community. Sally also volunteers for the Lower Hutt Women’s Centre, and outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, getting out into the bush and baking. “I’m so pleased to join Sweet Louise and … Read More

Kate Van Der Hulst, Support Coordinator

Kate is the Support Coordinator for Auckland Central and West. Kate is a Registered Nurse with 10 plus years’ experience in Palliative Care, including working for Waikato & Totara Hospices. She enjoys the outdoors, gardening, reading and loves the Coromandel beaches. “I feel very privileged to be working for Sweet Louise, providing support to our members in a respectful & holistic manner. I am looking forward to meeting our members … Read More

Jen Mapham, Support Coordinator

Jen is Support Coordinator for the lower half of the South Island. Jen is a qualified physiotherapist from the UK. Jen has been living in Dunedin for eight years and has spent three years living in Auckland prior to this. She has a special interest in breathing and management of anxiety, She is a Mum of two pre-schoolers and is a keen netballer and enjoys walking and cycling the Otago … Read More

Angela Tatton, Support Coordinator

Angela is the Support Coordinator for the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Lakes areas. Angela was a pharmacist for over 30 years and recently worked in a cancer care facility, working with funded and unfunded cancer treatments. Angela says: “I am very excited to take on this Support Coordinator role. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the members in my area and supporting them the best I can.”

Meleesa Ridling, Office Administrator

Meleesa joined the Sweet Louise team in September 2022 as our Office Administrator. She brings strong experience in office administration and customer service, and a love of helping others.  “Having experienced loss in my life, I love being able to do something to help others that are going through similar experiences,” says Meleesa.   In her spare time, Meleesa enjoys painting portraits of people and animals. 

Lorraine Bailey, Head of Member Services

Lorraine joined to Sweet Louise team as Head of Member Services in June 2022. Lorraine has a wealth of nursing experience primarily in paediatrics, palliative care and long-term medically fragile conditions, as well as experience in planning and funding of public hospital services in the Auckland region. Lorraine says: “It is a real privilege to be working alongside an amazing compassionate and skilled team of people and to contribute to … Read More

Victoria Martin, Grants Manager

Victoria has over 15 years’ experience in marketing and fundraising across a wide variety of organisations. Victoria enjoys working in the charitable sector and believes it is a privilege to represent an organisation like Sweet Louise doing such valuable work in the community. “Thank you to all our wonderful supporters. Your donations make a real difference.”

Kathy McKay, National Fundraising Manager

Kathy joined Sweet Louise in February 2020 as our Fundraising Manager. Kathy has been raising funds for not-for-profits for over 15 years and is passionate about providing opportunities for supporters to make a difference and change the world. “Each and every day I am inspired by the resilience, courage and generosity of the Kiwis we support at Sweet Louise. It’s a privilege to be able to tell their incredible stories … Read More

May Ajero, Fundraising Campaigns Executive

May joined Sweet Louise in April 2022 as our Fundraising Campaigns Executive. May has more than two decades of experience in the not-for-profit sector and has worked as a fundraiser for New Zealand charities for the past seven years. May has watched many women in her own family go through advanced breast cancer and says: “I feel comforted to know that there is a compassionate Sweet Louise team supporting New Zealanders … Read More

Charlotte Fowler, Communications & Engagement Manager

Charlotte has over 17 years’ experience in communications, public relations and engagement for not-for-profit organisations gained in New Zealand and the UK. Before moving into the not-for-profit sector she worked in corporate communications and publishing in the UK and Hong Kong. “It’s a great honour to tell and share stories from our Sweet Louise community. The stories of bravery, strength and resilience of people living with advanced breast cancer as … Read More

Ashleigh Williams, Support Coordinator

Ashleigh is the Support Coordinator for the upper South Island. After years working as a registered midwife, Ashleigh decided to use her transferable skills and join the Cancer Society Supportive Care Team in Invercargill. A personal family experience with cancer prompted this career change. Ashleigh, being a born and bred Cantabrian, has recently relocated back to Christchurch after 10 years in the deep south. Ashleigh says: “I’m incredibly excited to … Read More