The Hutt Hospital Foundation Trust is a registered charitable trust that raises funds for projects to improve the health and comfort of patients and their families at Hutt Hospital. Charities Commission Registration Number CC31797
Stephanie is currently working in the Hutt Hospital Emergency Department in the position of Charge Nurse [ACNM]. Working in the ED Stephanie has a passion for paediatric emergency care which she has had for the past 13 years. Due to her passion, 4 years ago she won a national competition which Gareth Morgan ran known as New Zealand’s Hardest Working Nurse. Since winning this Stephanie has project managed a team which have developed and constructed the concept known today as ‘The Tree Hutt’ which offers distraction therapy in the ED and is now expanding hospital wide.
Simon Edwards moved to Lower Hutt in 1988 and from then until 2016 was editor of The Hutt News. Among his most vivid memories of all the local events and changes in the city in that time was when up to 20,000 people thronged High St in 1991 to protest a proposal to centralise health services to Wellington and downgrade Hutt Hospital. It was indelible proof of how highly locals regarded their hospital. Simon is now a Hutt City councillor for the Central Ward and a communications advisor to Federated Farmers of New Zealand. He is delighted to work with other trustees on initiatives that will boost Hutt Hospital patient care and comfort.
Gabriela is a business analyst in her own business consultancy – Virtual Business Solution Ltd. Prior to joining VBSL, Gabriela was an Associate Principal at WHK [now Crowe Horwarth] where for 11 years she was providing accounting and business growth advisory services to many small to medium size businesses. Prior to joining WHK, she gained extensive practical commercial experience through financial control and management roles within the retail, wholesale, hospitality, theatre and film sectors.
Steve is a business consultant in his own company – Virtual Business Solution Ltd. Prior to that he was the chief executive of the Wellington Free Ambulance Service for 10 years. His previous background covers senior management roles as well as owning several businesses in the areas of earthmoving contracting, health and safety, medical book publishing, scuba diving, and outdoor safety. Steve is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, and is a mentor for their mentoring programme. He has been involved with several not-for-profits including NZ Mountain Safety Council, National Heart Foundation, Life Flight Trust, Police Search and Rescue, Alpine Cliff Rescue and Cave Rescue.
Dale is an experienced senior manager and leader in the New Zealand health system and has the privilege to serve patients and their families/whanau in a range of settings. Dale commenced her training as a nurse in South Canterbury and has worked in the acute and rehabilitation hospital services, public health, community and age care settings prior to commencing her career into leadership and management. Among the leadership roles that Dale has held has been Director of Nursing and Midwifery of Southland District Health Board and Director of Nursing for Counties Manakau District Health Board. However in the last 12 years Dale has been in the Chief Operating roles at both Lakes and Hutt Valley District Health Boards and is the current chair of the National Chief Operating Officers group.
Tony has been the Chief Executive of Hutt City Council since 2007. Prior to working at the Council in a number of roles, he held finance based positions with Bank of New Zealand and KPMG. Hutt City Council strives to make Hutt City a great place to live, work and play. The Hutt Hospital is essential to that objective and he believes supporting the Hutt Hospital Foundation is a good way of making a positive difference to the lives of people in the Hutt. He considers it is a privilege to be a trustee of the Hutt Hospital Foundation and looks forward to the Foundation growing its support base and funding many more initiatives to improve patient health and comfort.
Josh is a graphic designer and marketing coordinator based in Upper Hutt. He has freelanced in this capacity for 10 years. Josh has a wife and two children and is currently working for Real Steel in Upper Hutt. Prior to this he was part of the Communications department at The Salvation Army New Zealand Fiji & Tonga HQ. Josh believes that great quality design shouldn’t be out of anyone’s reach and he loves working with other people to bring their visions to life. He has been involved in the graphic design work for The Tree Hutt since its inception. Josh is honoured to be a trustee of The Hutt Hospital Foundation and looks forward to bringing his perspective and expertise to bear on future projects.