Retirement Living Council
Ben Myers is Executive Director of the Retirement Living Council, a division of the Property Council of Australia.
He has a long history of serving in senior leadership positions in government and private sector roles across Australia. Throughout his career, Ben has worked at all levels of Australian government and managed communications across Australia for the global energy producer BG Group.
Over his career, Ben has worked across most industry sectors in Australia and has been directly involved in delivering some of the nation’s largest infrastructure projects, including the BG Group’s US$220 billion QCLNG projects and the Brisbane City Councils TransApex road tunnels.
Ben’s role at the Property Council is to represent the needs of retirement village owners and operators across the nation.
Matt is a founder of Greengate, part owner and director, and a member of LASA’s NSW State Advisory Committee. Greengate develops and operates integrated aged care and retirement villages in inner urban Sydney and Brisbane. At Greengate Matt has managed many of the projects, established the aged care and retirement village operations, managed all capital raising and commercial and IT matters.
Greengate was awarded the 2016 Property Council’s best retirement village in Australia, for the highly successful St Brigid’s Green Maroubra, which includes a boutique 66 bed aged care home and 89 luxury retirement apartments. Greengate has recently opened St Luke’s Green in Brisbane’s Woolloongabba and later this year will open the 12 storey high St Patrick’s Green in Kogarah. With projects in Auchenflower, Brisbane and Penrith, Greengate has almost achieved its 2020 target of 1,000 beds and apartments either operational or under construction.
Prior to establishing Greengate in 2005, Matt was the General Manager of Development and Director of Lend Lease Development, working on large scale urban renewal projects in Melbourne, Sydney and south east Queensland. Outside Greengate, Matt was a director of City West Housing for nine years, NSW’s largest affordable housing provider.
With more than 20 years’ experience in planning and development including the past 12 at Greengate, Stewart oversees the Group’s property, marketing and sales. He is dedicated to making great places and delivering exceptional community outcomes. He has been intimately involved in creating the existing suite of boutique villages for Greengate as well it’s development pipeline.
Department of Care for the Elderly and Disabled in Aalborg Municipality
Since 1990, Lars has been employed in the Department of Care for the Elderly and Disabled in Aalborg Municipality: He was Head of Section, Area North (Elderly services) 1990 – 2013, and then headed up the Nursing Home of the Future project, as Chairman of the steering committee 2008 – 2013. He continued in the role as Project Manager, followed by Head of Development, Elderly and Health, and is currently Senior Consultant (Chief Advisor), Quality and Innovation.
Glenview Commmunity Services
With 20+ years’ experience in community services from practitioner to executive level Lucy has been the CEO with Glenview Community Services for the past 7 years with a focus on sector reform, change management and creating positive workplace cultures. Prior to being a CEO worked as both an executive and as a practitioner with vulnerable children young people and families, housing and homelessness and Alcohol and drug misuse.
Lucy has significant experience in the areas of sector reform having led large teams through a range of industry and legislative changes. Combined with her former career in hospitality and marketing Lucy provides a well rounded practicable approach to business in finding workable yet strategic solutions.
Some career highlights include:
- Winner of the 2019 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year
- Winner of the 2019 Telstra for Purpose and Social Enterprise Award
- Winner of the 2017 Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership (TAS)
Personal philosophy – “be the change you want to see” – Mahatma Gandhi
Bryan Lipmann is the CEO and founder of Wintringham, a secular, not-for-profit welfare company employing over 650 people to provide an extensive range of high quality aged care and housing services to elderly men and women, most of whom are homeless. He has worked with elderly homeless people for more than 30 years.
In 2011, the United Nations awarded Wintringham the Habitat Scroll of Honour, the most prestigious human settlements award in the world, and in 2012 he was invited by the OECD to join an international panel of experts on Integrated Services and Housing in Paris in 2012.
Bryan was awarded an Order of Australia in 1999 and in 2015 was the Melbournian of the Year
Ian Yates is Chief Executive of COTA Australia, the national peak body for COTAs (Councils on the Ageing) in each State and Territory of Australia. Ian was appointed CE of COTA SA in June 1989 and has played national leadership roles in COTA since 2002.
Ian serves on a wide variety of federal government and aged care sector national bodies. He is a member of the Federal Government’s Aged Care Financing Authority; the Aged Care Sector Committee and the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council.
Beyond aged care Ian is a member of the Consumer Advisory Panel to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), a Director of Livable Housing Australia, and a member of the Advisory Board of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).
Ian holds a BA from Flinders University; is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; is an Honorary Doctor and Emeritus Deputy Chancellor of Flinders University; and was awarded Membership in the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2005.
Ian’s academic qualifications include a degree in economics, an honours arts degree and graduate diploma in property development. Together with his father, Gordon, he is joint owner of the Tregoning Group of Companies, a company that specialises in developing industrial and commercial premises, trailer manufacture and general engineering.
Ian works closely with Living Choice’s architects to ensure the design of our villas, apartments and leisure centres meet, and in many cases exceed, the high demands of today’s discerning retirees. Ian is also responsible for sourcing future retirement village sites.
Department of Health
John Pollaers has a proven track record in leading major Australian and international companies including Pacific Brands and Foster’s Group, and in his current roles is working across Government to bring about major reforms to vocational education and training and aged care. This is a realisation of his vision of building a strong future for Australia by creating opportunities for people and businesses to flourish and succeed. He is a passionate advocate for education and training, the care of senior Australians and including more people with disability in work and training. John is Chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, and the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council. He is the Chancellor of Swinburne University and is Executive Chairman of Leef Independent Living Solutions, an innovative functional health and assistive technology business with 14 Independent Living Centres nationally.
John was raised on dairy and beef cattle family property in northern NSW. He has spent the majority of his working career working with organisations to redefine their future direction, the majority of which have been in the health and aged care sectors.
From being a carer and training as a mental health nurse to completing a two-year postgraduate program at Royal Perth Hospital as a student general nurse, John’s career in these sectors has been varied.
Concurrently with these studies, he achieved a bachelor of business at Curtin University majoring in Accounting and Business Law, and he has also completed a Masters in Business leadership from Curtin University.
John’s work history was always in repairing and rebuilding broken organisations and helping them to become successful. He has established mental health services in the Pilbara, Tom Price, Paraburdoo and Rockingham-Kwinana, reinstating public sector management in the Harvey/Yarloop area, recovering failed management of the eastern wheat belt health service, managing half of the facilities of Uniting Church Homes based at Rowethorpe, bringing Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service out of funds administration, building a retirement village and aged care facilities for MYVISTA in Balcatta, and rebuilding the Royal Australian Air Force Association (WA Division) from a position where there was a high risk of collapse. John took up the role of CEO at RAAFA in May 2013.
He comes with extensive experience in health, aged care and retirement living with senior management experience spanning 25 years.
Previously, John was the Chair of Aged Care and Community Services WA and a Director of ACSA National. John is currently the Chair of the Audit, Financial and Risk Committee. ACSA represents not-for-profit providers across the State of WA and nationally and John remains to be a Committee member of the Audit, Financial and Risk Committee. John is currently a member of the Property Council of Australia, Retirement Living Committee in WA and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
As CEO of RAAFA which is the biggest provider of retirement living in Western Australia he has responsibility for 1,414 homes in retirement living, six aged care facilities, community based services, four licenced clubs and an Aviation Heritage Museum hangar with 33 aircrafts. The Association also supports our members and veterans through existing welfare services and is currently reviewing its focus on assisting younger veterans.
Currently RAAFA is undertaking master planning for 2 existing villages and 2 green field’s sites within the metropolitan area of Perth.
Australian Retirement Villages Residents Association (ARVRA)
Alistair Christie has been a resident of Adria Retirement Village, Stirling ACT for ten years; is a member of ACT Retirement Village Residents Association Inc, President 2016 -1018; and President, Australian Retirement Village Residents’ Association Inc 2014 – 2018.
He is a minister of the Uniting Church in Australia who served in rural and urban communities, now living in active retirement.
Kerri is currently the CEO for Shepparton Villages and a LASA Director. Prior to this she was the Executive Director of Aged Care services for Mercy Health one of the largest not for profit providers of age care within Victoria. Before this she managed NorthWestern Aged Person’s Mental Health.
Kerri has been working in aged care for the past 35 years, 17 of those years have been in Senior Management positions. The remaining years have been in nursing. These roles have given her a comprehensive understanding of aged care from both a clinical and a management perspective in both an urban as well as a rural setting, which is beset by quite different challenges from city enterprises.
Kerri is also a sees the magic in caring and advocating for our most vulnerable elderly and the staff who dedicate themselves to their care. She is passionate about the delivery of quality care and the empowerment of clients.
Natalie joined Ingenia in May 2012 and currently holds the role of General Manager Acquisitions, Legal & Tax. Natalie is responsible for the Group’s transactional, legal and tax functions and is Joint Company Secretary.
Natalie has over 15 years’ experience in corporate and commercial matters, having worked at PwC, Challenger Financial Services and a commercial law firm. Natalie has responsibility for Ingenia’s acquisitions program, which has seen the Group successfully build a portfolio of 35 lifestyle and holiday communities and a development pipeline of close to 4,000 potential new home sites.
Natalie holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce, and is a Chartered Accountant and a Solicitor.
Presbyterian Aged Care NSW & ACT (PAC)
Paul Sadler has unique range of experience from more than 30 years in aged care and related fields. This includes periods as CEO of a major aged care provider, leader of a not-for-profit aged and community care peak association, manager of ageing policy and disability and community care programs for a state government, and social worker with older people, people with disabilities and their carers.
Paul is currently CEO of Presbyterian Aged Care NSW & ACT. Presbyterian Aged Care serves around 2,000 older people through residential aged care, community care and retirement housing across metropolitan and regional areas of NSW and ACT.
Paul is immediate past National Chairperson of Aged & Community Services Australia and Chair of ACSA’s NSW/ACT Divisional Council, and a member of a number of other industry and university boards. He also holds government appointments, such as membership of the Australian Government’s Aged Care Quality Advisory Council.
Paul has academic qualifications in social work, government and public administration and biblical studies. He is a Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology.
Yackandandah Bush Hospital
Annette has been the CEO and Director of Nursing at Yackandan-dah Health since 2014. She is a qualified nurse with experience in acute, intensive care, emergency and community nursing as well as having managed an oncology and palliative care service. In her spare time, she enjoys her small farm, two donkeys and 5 acre garden that provides vegetables to the family restaurant. Annette also volunteers as secretary to the Stanley CFA and on the local cemetery trust.
Presbyterian Church (NSW) Property Trust
John is the Executive Manager, Development for The Presbyterian Church (NSW), managing major property developments on behalf of the Church and its Committees, including Presbyterian Aged Care. He has over 20 years’ experience in Property Development, and for the last 12 years has had development oversight for new churches, aged care facilities, independent living communities, a hospital and a theological college, from concept to handover.
Prior to this role, John worked for a listed property developer as its National IT Finance Systems Manager and later as a Property Project Manager, and has worked in commercial, chartered accounting and local government.
One Fell Swoop
Bruce runs the Advisory arm of One Fell Swoop. For many years now, clients have been relying on his advice and guidance on project feasibility and financial structures for retirement living and aged care project developments. He is an expert in what needs to be in place to help de-risk a project and make it financially viable.
Atkinson Vinden Lawyers
Guy Vinden is one of the firm’s founding Partners and has over 30 years experience in private legal practice and is currently the firm’s Head of the Health Care, Aged Care and Retirement Villages Team.
Guy has extensive experience in all aspects of the Aged Care and Retirement Village Industry and has presented and spoken at numerous Industry Seminars.
Calder Flower Architects
As the Managing Director of Calderflower Architecture, Lara leads the practice to challenge the conventions of aged care, seniors living, childcare, social housing and community design. Her approach to architecture is refreshingly alternative and she is motivated to deliver and positively influence the future needs for the care and accommodation of the elderly. With a professional background in health, Lara is uniquely positioned to bring a fresh perspective to aged care and continues to actively research and serve on multiple committees championing progressive and sustainable architecture and design.
Judy came to the aged care sector in August 2011 and has extensive experience in community sector management roles. As a qualified Speech Pathologist, Judy has worked in acute hospital, primary care, disability and education settings and she has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Judy started with COTA in April 2014 and is currently responsible for Aged Care Policy and projects at COTA and providing leadership to the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) in relation to the aged care reforms. She is a member of the Aged Care Sector Committee and the Quality Agency Liaison Group.