Board of Management

The Board of Management of Hopewell Hospice Services Inc.

Hopewell Hospice Services became an Incorporated Association on 31 March 1994. It is a Registered Charity and a Deductible Gift Recipient which means that all donations over $2 are tax deductible. The Association is led by a Board of Directors elected by the 30 members of the Association in accordance with the Constitution.

Members of the Hopewell Hospice Services Board, elected annually and chosen from the Association after being nominated by two Association members, have extensive professional and community knowledge and experience. The Board oversees the Divisions of Hopewell Hospice Services Inc., ensuring to provide excellent care for the many people of all ages that are served.

Board Members 2017

Board Director - Deirdre Hanna, Founder 

As Founder of Hopewell Hospice (1993) and Paradise Kids (1996), Deirdre has many years of experience in working with palliative care and with creating the program for children dealing with Grief and Loss. As a Chaplain in the Gold Coast Hospital, she became concerned for people unable to be at home at the end of life, and inspired development of Hopewell Hospice as a home-style residential palliative care facility. She later gave expression to her concern for children dealing with grief, loss and illness by initiating the services of Paradise Kids.

Her qualifications include Bachelor of Theology (BTh); Churchill Fellow (Spiritual Care of Cancer Patients, 1995); Ecumenical Chaplaincy Certificate, Certificate in Spiritual Retreat Leadership, Certificate in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Counselling; Doctoral studies in Doctor of Ministry Program at the University of Creation Spirituality; Multi-Disciplinary Certificate in Hospice Care, St Christopher’s London; Certificate in Mindfulness Meditation from the Massachusetts Medical School Mind-Body Stress Reduction Clinic; Certificate in Spiritual Retreat Leading and Direction; Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics; and Diploma in Swedish Massage. Trained Telephone Counsellor and Trained Supervisor of Counsellors, Lifeline.


President - Ms Ann Robilotta (OAM)

Ann Robilotta-Glenister Dip Health Education, Trained Nurse, JP [Qual], Member Griffith University Council, Member Griffith Advisory Board, Member Griffith Audit Committee, formerly Chairman of Bendigo Community Bank Paradise Point, Chairman Aged Care Queensland Southern Region, Commonwealth Approved Provider Aged Care.

Her community services focus on education and health care, both vitally important for the future well being of our young people and those currently in need of care. After serving as a Member of the Board of Hopewell Hospice Services Inc for several years, she was elected as Chair of the Board in 2012. Ann  received an Order of Australia Medal for services to aged care and the community.

With a nursing career that started after leaving school, Ann has shown a continuing commitment to the improvement of services and delivery of services for our sick, aged and dying. An added concern for Ann has been the lack services available for dementia sufferers and those with palliative care needs.

She continues to stay focused in these areas and lobbies for a better and fairer share of the health dollar in these areas that are traditionally underfunded.


Director - Ms Jan Bradnam

Jan was a Founding member of Hopewell and of its Paradise Kids Division. She has a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Bond University, and has a long background in Gestalt Therapy and Counselling.

Jan is well qualified to help Hopewell evolve as she has been successful and entrepreneurial in business, and was a co-founder in 1977 of Bradnam’s Windows and Doors, which now employs over 900 people in 17 branches. Jan has recently received a Diploma in Integral Business Leadership and an OAM for services to community. 




Secretary - Ms Betty Beverley,
BA., Dip Ed.,Post Graduate Certificate in TESOL

Although Betty has a background in Teaching, her main experience comes from founding and operating a successful gift manufacturing business for 32 years with her late husband.

Betty has served on the Board of Hopewell since 1994. After the death of her husband she has worked as both a support worker and a member of the committee of Solace an Australia-wide support group for widows and widowers

Manufacturing innovation and dedication to providing quality Australian made and imported products at reasonable prices as well as an instinct for picking market trends made their company a leader in the Gift Industry. One of its main strengths was vertical integration. From conceptual art through to in-house tooling and manufacturing; to marketing, sales and distribution; all were controlled and managed under the one roof.

Her strengths are in her organisational and investigative skills, her ability to see to the heart of the matter and then present her findings knowledgeably and clearly in a common sense manner. People and their problems matter to her and she is good at listening and helping to find practical solutions. A person who is happy within, who feels cared for as a person and not just for the job they do, works better and produces better results.


Treasurer - Mr Ian Johnston   

Ian brings to the Board a wealth of experience in the banking and finance industries. He has had 45 years in the banking industry and was most recently Manager of the Paradise Point Community Bank, as part of the Bendigo Bank organisation.









Director - Ms Margaret Roots, B.Sc.App.  

Margaret retired to the Gold Coast from Canberra after forty years in social welfare, and joined the Board in 2012. Her working life commenced with five years as a double certificated nurse, followed by thirty years as a marriage and family therapist and ten years as Director of Family Services for Catholic Social Services Australia.

In this capacity, she served on multiple consultative committees and working parties for the Federal Attorney General’s Department, the Department of Family and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and for the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia. As well as organising and hosting national conferences on good practice and quality improvement, she has helped design and implement social policy, and establish new family services across the country.


Director - Mr John Wilson 

John has had many years of experience in the Building Industry, developing the Credit Department of Bradnam’s Windows and Doors into a large National operation. Since 2008, he has been a Director of the Building Industry Credit Bureau. Since joining the Board in 2013, he has worked to develop links to potential donors.






Hopewell C.E.O. - Mark Hunter
M.Ed.Admin., Grad. Dip. Ed. Admin., B.Ed., Dip. T.

 Mark brings a blend of leadership, speaking, coaching and educational skills with him. He has lived the art and science of teaching for over 40 years.  As well as being a Teacher Mark was School Principal for 30 years. Mark has been Chair of Greater Brisbane Disability Council, Policy and Program Developer Department of Education, and is an Executive/Life Coach as well as an esteemed Volunteer  Companion for hospice residents and Educator for Hopewell and participant in many of Hopewell’s festivities.  Over 30 of these years, Mark has been a leader in both the paid and unpaid environment. In 2001, Mark committed to improving his capacity to develop others by training as a coach, a skill he still uses to develop the performance of others. In 2009, Mark won the Toastmasters World Championships of Public Speaking, a journey that took him over 10 years. He is pleased the journey took this time because, through multiple attempts, he was able to develop his speaking and presentation skills to a significant level.

He has recently published his book on Leadership, “The Voice of the Bonsai- A Conversation on Leadership”, which is available via his website. You will also be able to hear Mark’s Award Winning Speech on his website and read his interesting articles.  Mark’s experience with compassionate service to children and adults will propel our 2016 goals and help get Accreditation for Paradise Kids which will assist in increasing funding to continue and expand our services to Gold Coast families.
Mark had a water skiing accident in 1975, and has since used a wheelchair. He is a strong advocate for people with a disability, particularly children with a disability. He has persisted when times were tough, and persevered when those around him would have him do otherwise. He is both an optimist and a risk taker. He has travelled the world, is passionate about life and lives it accordingly.