Rev. Dr Ian Mavor OAM, FACE -
Co-Founder  (1995 - 2015).

Ian shared with Deirdre Hanna in the founding of Hopewell and has served as Secretary of the Association since 1994. He has been Executive Director of Hopewell Hospice Services since 2004, after having been Principal Education Officer (Health and Personal Development) in Education Queensland when Hopewell started, and then Executive Director of Lifeline Gold Coast.

He has also served as a member of the Health Community Council of the Gold Coast Health District and of the State Council of Palliative Care Queensland.

In 2002, Ian was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) “For service to the community through a range of church, social welfare, education and health groups”.

                                                                            Sadly in 2015, Ian passed away, his legacy continues to this day.



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 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 the 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.

Deirdre's background includes Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.), Hospital Chaplaincy Certificate, Certificate in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Counselling; Doctoral Student, University of Creation Spirituality; Certificate in Multi-Disciplinary Hospice Care, St Christopher’s, London; Certificate in Mindfulness Meditation, Massachusetts Medical School Mind-Body Stress Reduction Clinic; Certificate in Spiritual Retreat Leading and Direction; Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics; Diploma in Swedish Massage; Zonta Gold Coaster of the Year, 1994; Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow, 1995 (Spiritual Care for Cancer Patients); The City of Gold Coast Women at Work wonderful 20th Century Gold Coast Women Award; Gold Coast Bulletin Community Service Medal, 2007; Member of the Churchill Fellows Association.


Mark Hunter, CEO

M.Ed.Admin., Grad. Dip. Ed. Admin., B.Ed., Dip. T.

Welcome to Mark who 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.


Natasha Waters -
Finance Manager, Hopewell Hospice & Paradise Kids

Natasha joined the team at Paradise Kids and Hopewell Hospice in September 2009. In Natasha’s role as Finance Manager, she brings with her a wealth of experience in all areas of financial management having held senior Finance and Administrator positions in both the government and private sector.

With the expansion of the diverse activities of Hopewell Hospice Services and the growth in the organisations budget, the role of the Finance Manager has continued to expand. This Division of Hopewell has also had to respond to the increasing levels of accountability that are required to maintain charitable status.


Vikki Strickland – Hospice Director

Vikki’s experiences in administrative roles in the Australian Navy and corporate contexts have enabled her to bring expertise to the vital role of Hospice Director. As well as general administrative responsibilities, Vikki has a key responsibility in preparing Hopewell’s policy documents and other documentation to meet the requirements of accreditation through the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards.





Julie Howe, Catering Manager

The term “Hospice” is closely related to “hospitality” and catering is a core component of Hopewell’s Services. In addition to her role in the Hospice, Julie is also Manager of the Simply Divine Café in the Paradise Kids Building. Under her leadership, and with her enthusiastic team of co-workers, most of whom are volunteers, residents and visitors experience warm hospitality, whether it be for regular meals or the numerous celebrations that are part of the life of the Hospice community.




Elle Flynn, RN -  Hospice Educator

Elle has been a member of the nursing staff for several years and has a strong commitment to the principles of palliative care, particularly the management of the full range of symptoms affecting the wellbeing of residents, physical, social, emotional and spiritual.

Elle has accepted responsibility for organising the ongoing education of staff members.