Our people

Project Esther Staff and Trustees are committed to serving women and families



Daphne Marsden


338 841 63 ext 237

Cherie Dirkze

Funding Administrator

Linda Hanchard

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Daphne Marsden

Daphne Marsden (BMin, MTheol) is the Founder and has been the Manager of Project Esther for 23 years. Daphne has along held passion around issues of gender justice issues and has published on the topic of domestic violence. Daphne is a part time Chaplain in Christchurch Women’s Prison.

Fiona Wells

Fiona Wells

Fiona is a qualified social worker, working in a mental health NGO. She volunteered with the Project Esther prison team for ten years. Fiona is passionate about supporting women and children.

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Jackie Bunting

Jackie Bunting is a chartered accountant, married with two children. She is able to bring her invaluable accounting skills to financial matters within Project Esther. Previously Jackie was a volunteer driving children to see their mother who was incarcerated for many years.

Alistair Tennent

Alastair Tennent

Alastair Tennent is married with four adult children. During the week he is the General Manger of Allied Petroleum, a national fuels distribution business. Alastair attends South West Baptist Church.

Karen Pennington

Karen Pennington

Karen Pennington Is married with adult children. Karen has been employed by Project Esther Trust for 10 years in a number of roles. At present as the Team Leader. Karen believes strongly in the work at Project Esther. Supporting women and families is a passion of hers.