Meet our Staff


Lorna Riddle

Executive Director

Lorna joined The Mary Potter Foundation in March 2012 - initially as Fundraising Manager and then as Operations and Donor Care Manager.  She was appointed to the role of Executive Director in June 2019.  Lorna's expertise and long history in not-for-profit organisations reflects her strong belief in the importance of inspiring community involvement. She is passionate about Mary Potter Hospice, but equally passionate about the extraordinary donors who support our Hospice patients and families so generously.

'I can't think of anything more rewarding than to help people facing the end of their life. It's an honour to serve our donors and help patients and families get access to the exceptional care that Mary Potter Hospice provides.  I am so blessed to be a part of this.'


Jessica George

Development Manager

With a background in events, tourism, not-for-profit and marketing, Jess joined The Mary Potter Foundation in 2015 until 2017 when she spent some time in Perth taking care of her young family. She returned to her role in February 2021 and is so grateful to be back with the team doing the work that she loves.

'It is a privilege to share The Foundation's inspirational stories, mission and values and encourage the community to be a part of our journey to support exceptional end-of- life care at Mary Potter.  It is such a special place to work and it is the staff team, donors and volunteers who make it so special.  They're the ones behind the special medical care and the moments of joy that collectively we make happen for our patients and families.'


Morgan Pearse

Events & Fundraising Coordinator

Morgan joined the Foundation in February 2020 as our Events and Fundraising Coordinator. Morgan has worked primarily in the
not-for-profit and healthcare industries for the majority of her career and has a background in events management and high-level administration. With a family history of working in the medical field and caring for others, Morgan is excited to be working at the Foundation where she can continue this tradition.

‘I truly believe that it is the little things that can make a big difference. It’s wonderful to be a part of an organisation that cares about the small moments and makes life the best it can be for every minute.”

Mel Cushen

Donor Care Coordinator

Mel joined The Mary Potter Foundation in November 2021, initially as Fundraising and Admin Coordinator and now as Donor Care Coordinator. Coming from a hospitality and not-for-profit management background. Mel loves working with innovative teams to create meaningful experiences for people.

"A big part of my day is speaking with our donors, many of whom have had firsthand experience of losing someone special to them. Hearing families share stories of their Mary Potter experience and how comforted there were in knowing their loved one was cared for in a compassionate and specialised way is a privilege and honour. I will continue to be amazed when donors so selflessly want to help another family through one of the most difficult times of their lives". 

Robyn Nash

Admin and Fundraising Coordinator

Robbie joined the Foundation team in March 2022. With a strong background in finance, contact & event management, advertising, and the not-for-profit sector. Robbie brings all round experience and a can-do attitude.

"Having had first-hand experience with end of life care in a Hospice setting for a family member, I believe that everyone is entitled to the best quality care and dignity at the end of their life. Everyone has a story to tell and that we should listen more. It is an honour to be able to meet patients and their loved ones. It is the little things that count during these times, a smile or a wave, or simply offering a cake from the Hospice kitchen."