Meet The Board

The Mary Potter Foundation board member, Danny Watson

Vale Danny Watson – FCPA FSIA FAICD

The Board and staff are deeply saddened by the death of our wonderful Chair, Danny Watson on 4 July 2018.

Danny has served on the Board since May 2005 and been Chair since October of that year. He has always given so generously both his time and extraordinary financial support.  Danny will be greatly missed by everyone.

Thank you Danny for all that you did to ensure that Mary Potter Care will be there when needed – so many patients and families will be forever grateful. Thank you for always believing in what we do and for your wonderful commitment.



Chris Sharpley – B.Ec (Hons) FCA

Deputy Chairman & Treasurer

Chris was the Managing Partner of Ernst & Young in South Australia until his retirement in 2015. He continues as an Executive Consultant for EY.

'The Mary Potter Hospice does an incredible job in assisting patients and their families. I am delighted to be a member of the Foundation’s Board with its objective of helping to ensure that the Hospice is provided with sufficient funds to enable it to continue its fabulous work.'


The Mary Potter Foundation board member, Louisa McClurg


Louisa is a Legal Counsel at Commercial & General and was appointed to the Board in 2014.

'I am honoured to contribute to an organisation that is entrusted by many to support the Mary Potter Hospice in the delivery of an amazingly dignified, respectful and compassionate contribution to the end of life process for both patients and families. An appropriate mix of skills, experience and passion is required to guide, consult and protect that mission and hence the reason for giving my time as a member of The Mary Potter Foundation Board.'

The Mary Potter Foundation board member, Judy Morris

Judy Morris

Appointed to the Board in July 2002, Judy works in real estate sales for Klemich Real Estate.

'I give my time to Mary Potter as I think it is a wonderful organisation and have always had nothing but praise from relatives and friends who have spent time there before passing.'

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Liz Scarce

Liz was appointed to the Board in 2016.

"I was delighted to be asked to join  the Board of The Mary Potter Foundation and I consider it a great honour. Although I don’t have specific business skills, what I do have is a passion for the delivery of palliative care.

Having worked in the aged care sector as a one-to-one volunteer for fifteen years, both here and in Canberra, I have seen how important this service is. I will certainly pledge to work with the Board to help raise much needed funds to assist the hospice staff in delivering the best possible product."

The Mary Potter Foundation board member, Michael Willson

Michael Willson AM

Michael joined the Board in 1994 and was Chairman from September 1996 to September 2002. Michael's Honorary Life Membership was awarded in 2005. He is a retired grazier and businessman.

'I joined the Board because of strong family ties to the work of the Hospice.'

The Mary Potter Foundation board member, Sr Anne Sheridan

Sr Anne Sheridan – LCM

Sister Anne was appointed to the Board by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary in July 2006.

'The Board and all those who support The Mary Potter Foundation work tirelessly to ensure sufficient finance and support can be made available to those who seek care in the Hospice and the community, demonstrating a commitment to the vision of Mary Potter of Being for Others, and I am proud to be a member of the Board.'

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John (Joc) O'Connell

John runs his own business advisory firm Joc & Co | SME Advisory, and was appointed to the board in November 2017.

I learnt about the Mary Potter Hospice more than 20 years ago through the loss of a close mate who spent a very special time with his family in his last days.  The Hospice inspired me then and continues to do so, and through the support of the Mary Potter Foundation, which I am honoured to serve to fund the highest possible quality of palliative care for those in need.

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CEO of Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and appointed to the board in July 2018.