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Our Trustees


From left to right: Annette Culpan, Sumita Paul, Margaret Agee, Maureen Frayling and Stephen Dil. 


Stephen Dil

Founder Trustee and Chair 
Stephen is Managing Director of Dil's Funeral Services. Through his daily work he has first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing those affected by grief and loss. 

Stephen holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from The Pennsylvania State University, a Bachelor of Business Studies (Management) from Massey University and the National Diploma in Funeral Services.

"The work of the Grief Centre is incredibly important. I am proud to be involved and grateful to work with such a dedicated team. "


Maureen Frayling

MCounselling, MNZAC

Founder Trustee, Project Manager and Secretary

Maureen worked at the North Shore Hospice as a nurse, counsellor and teacher in the area of grief and loss for 15 years. She was involved for many years with the National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG). She initiated the development of the Grief Centre with support from North Shore Hospice and Dils Funeral Company. Maureen moved north to Whangarei in 2009. She is currently a lecturer and co-ordinator on the counselling major at North Tec in Whangarei.

It has been exciting to be involved in the growth and development of the Grief Centre in Auckland and to work with such dedicated people. I believe the Grief Centre is making a difference in people’s lives.  


Dr Margaret Agee


Margaret is a Senior Lecturer and the coordinator of the Counsellor Education programme in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. She is the President of the National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG) and was a founding member of the organization. She is also a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, and of the Association for Death Education and Counselling.

Margaret has had a longstanding involvement in the area of suicide bereavement, and she has undertaken research into counsellors' experiences of the suicide of a client. She is currently part of a research team investigating adolescents’ experiences following the loss of a family member. With Philip Culbertson and Cabrini Makasiale, she co-edited the book Penina Uliuli: Contemporary Challenges in Mental Health for Pacific Peoples published in 2007.

As an experienced counsellor in a range of contexts, she is a member of the Ethics Committee of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and co-editor of the New Zealand Journal of Counselling.


Annette Culpan


Annette has a background in the corporate, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. She is passionate about business for good, empowered communities and philanthropy (as one of many enablers) to drive social change.

Annette is a trustee, facilitator and researcher and believes in the ability of ordinary people to achieve extraordinary outcomes - through generosity and action. She managed the Vodafone NZ Foundation for nine years, sits on the Board of Philanthropy New Zealand and leads an advisory group for the Vodafone NZ Foundation.

Annette was a volunteer telephone counsellor with Youthline Auckland for seven years and is passionate about support for those who have experienced trauma and grief, the rights of refugees and vulnerable communities. 

In 2014 Annette visited India to look at social enterprise models and incubators, and sees huge potential in social enterprise within the context of New Zealand. She is completing a piece of research exploring the untapped potential of social enterprise in Aotearoa. Annette has a particular interest in insights-led practice and intuitive leadership. You can follow her blog at https://annetteculpan.wordpress.com  


Sumita Paul


With more than 18 years’ experience in the financial services sector, a majority of which has been in investment advisory and fiduciary roles, Sumita brings a high level of experience and professionalism in managing family trusts, charitable trusts and investment portfolios.

In her role as Client Manger at Perpetual Guardian for over 12 years, she was responsible for advising clients on drafting wills & enduring power of attorney. Administering a will as an executor and dealing with individuals & families coping with the loss of loved ones, was a core activity of the role. 
During that time she realised the importance of having the skills to deal with people who were grieving and the experience also highlighted the additional support people needed at this time.

Sumita is an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA), a Certified Financial PlannerCM (CFPCM) and a member of the Executor and Trustee Institute. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Personal Financial Planning Endorsement). She has completed her Masters in Business Administration which she credits to have given her the skills to look at the bigger picture and systematically analyse scenarios. She is currently working as Investment & Philanthropy Partner at Perpetual Guardian. 

Sumita brings to the trust, her investment, business management and new business growth skills.
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