Chris was born and educated in Queensland and has significant company directorship
experience in Australia and abroad in the property and finance sectors. Currently he is Chair of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Director of Sunland Group Ltd, Chair of Property Advisory Board EDQ, Director Brisbane Airport Corporation Ltd and, Member of the Brisbane City Council Urban Futures Board. He is the past Chair of Watpac Ltd, Tennis Australia Ltd, TransLink Ltd and the Queensland Performing Arts Trust.
Prior to joining Watpac, Chris held the position of Executive Chairman, Development for Queensland, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates at Mirvac. Previously, Chris was the
Chief Executive Officer for Mirvac Queensland from 1998 to 2008 and prior to that head of the Business Bank at QIDC.
Chris has extensive experience in broad areas including sectors in Residential, Commercial,
Hotels, Retail and Industrial.
Chris is the past President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia and remains a life member. He has a strong interest in the arts and sport. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and has completed advanced management programs at the University of Hawaii, INSEAD in France and Mt Eliza Staff College. In 2009, Chris was awarded a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to the property development industry, the arts and other cultural affairs.
Sigrid has been involved in the aged care and retirement industry for well over two decades, beginning her career as a carer in a West Leederville aged care facility. After a move into the retirement industry as a village manager, Sigrid quickly identified a need in the market for third-party management and consultation expertise, founding Village Support in 2009.
Sigrid has cultivated a very positive and productive network in the retirement village industry and is currently serving as a member of the Property Council’s Western Australian Retirement Living Board.
Margaret has worked in the Retirement Living industry for 20 years. Her diverse experience in retirement living from Sales and Marketing, Community Manager and Operations Manager provides her with an intimate understanding of emerging trends, day to day issues facing the Retirement Living sector and a sound knowledge of the demands of the existing and next generation customers.
Bob Bunney is the Operations Manager at Village Solutions Australia, specialising in the retirement and aged care sectors. Over the past 24 years, Bob has held senior positions, as a developer and operator within both sectors, as well as a range of board positions for various industry bodies. These positions have provided him with a diverse range of experience and knowledge about the retirement and aged care sectors both within WA and nationally.
During this time he held the position of National President of Retirement Villages Australia Ltd from 2004 to 2006 and successfully negotiated with Commonwealth and State governments, achieving positive outcomes in respect of the GST FREE treatment of serviced apartments and the provision of rates rebates for seniors in retirement villages in WA.
Wayne is a sales management professional with twenty years' experience in varied industries, having also worked in the recruitment and liquor industries. He has a track record of developing new business and motivating teams to consistently exceed targets. Programmed provides integrated maintenance solutions to business around Australia and New Zealand. With a workforce of over 1,500 skilled staff, tradespeople and apprentices, we offer maintenance services that cater to different customer requirements in a wide variety of industry sectors. The key to our ability to take care of your property lies in the diverse range of services we can provide. With expertise in painting, landscaping, turf management, interior fit-out and corporate image signage, Programmed provides a single point of contact for all your maintenance needs.
Nicole oversees the day to day operations of our Residential Communities in the role of General Manager, Residential Communities.
Nicole commenced with Ingenia in November 2015 in the newly created role of Portfolio Manager Ingenia Gardens, due to the growth of the business and has recently expanded her role to include our developing Ingenia Rental portfolio in South East Queensland and Ingenia Lifestyle portfolio nationally.
Prior to joining Ingenia, Nicole spent 15 years in Hotel Management roles in Brisbane & Sydney, with her most recent role as Area General Manager Qld, overseeing a cluster of Accommodation Hotels with TFE Hotels.
Julie has been directly involved in the aged care and retirement living sectors since 2003 with a variety of roles focussed on business development, client and corporate support and service delivery.
As General Manager, Client and Corporate Services at Grindley Construction, Julie is responsible for Grindley’s marketing strategy, corporate communications, all new business development opportunities, team engagement and the development and implementation of the Company’s Strategic Roadmap.
With unwavering attention to quality and a passionate commitment to further strengthening a client-centric culture, Julie ensures that the client’s needs and expectations are at the centre of the company’s business practices.
Her interest in organisational development, change management and leadership review was fostered with the completion of a Masters of Management from MGSM in 2013.
Justin O’Neill formed O’Neill Architecture in 2009 following 17 years as a Founding Director of Arkhefield. He has completed over $1.5B worth of projects in public, institutional, commercial and private sectors over the last 27 years. O’Neill Architecture has extensive experience in design and delivery of Aged Care and Retirement Village projects throughout Queensland and New South Wales. Justin is currently a member of the Property Council’s Retirement Living Committee – Queensland Division.
Christine is the National Operations Manager of the Living Choice Australia group of retirement villages. She is a highly experienced innovative and entrepreneurial manager with broad expertise, including demonstrating an ability to achieve business plans and exceed targets by developing, implementing and managing efficient operations and internal procedures.
Christine has good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and motivate staff to set new standards in resident relations. She oversees the Financial, Human Resource, Work Health & Safety and Village Management teams, ensuring villages operate efficiently and all employees understand and apply the philosophy of the industry’s accreditation standards.
Jodie is a second generation retirement living professional and has deep passion for all things retirement living and community development. Having held both hands on and senior management positions in the Retirement Sector for over 20 years she has a vast experience base to draw on. Jodie was formerly the Business Manager for a national retirement village management company and was responsible for the well being and satisfaction of both 160 staff members and over 6000 residents and has led a national team of 50+ village managers, plus led ‘village recovery’ projects, collaborated with state regulators and designed Village Management training courses in Australia and internationally. Jodie now leads a popular Industry specific professional development program for Retirement community professionals through the DCM Institute.
She has been a regular contributor and collaborator alongside industry peak bodies such as Property Council Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, and Aged and Community Services Australia – Retirement Living Committees. She is tertiary educated in the Social Sciences field, majoring in Community Development and holds several business management certificates. She brings values such as contribution, authenticity, community, curiosity, optimism and responsibility to any team or collaboration she works with.
Kim has held senior management and leadership positions in the retirement and aged care industry over the last 25 years in both private (listed and unlisted) and not for profit organisations and is the General Manager Retirement Living, Bolton Clarke. Kim has led a multitude of teams delivering major seniors projects, strategic business, property, advisory, acquisitions, change leadership and operational management of care and accommodation services. Kim is passionate about creating communities where people want to live and where exceptional customer experiences are the norm. Kim is a Life Member and Board Member of the Retirement Living Council, Property Council of Australia, Chair of the LASA Retirement Living Committee (Qld), former President Qld Retirement Villages Association, Former Director of Leading Age Services Australia Limited, LASA (Qld), and the Retirement Villages Association.
James visited his first retirement village in 2001 when working as a researcher at the University of New South Wales. It wasn’t long after this that James’ passion for the wellbeing of Australian Seniors got the better of him and soon departed academia to work with some of the leading thinkers and pioneers of the Retirement Village Industry. James takes great pride in having worked across every aspect of retirement living, from operations to sales, from driving the village bus to presenting strategic plans to some of the country’s foremost operators. Two decades later, James is the General Manager, Strategic Projects, for the Aveo Group, Australia's leading and most innovative senior living provider.