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Executive Team

Garry Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Garry has over twenty years’ experience of the health sector, having held senior positions with healthcare organisations throughout New Zealand. Prior to his appointment to the Foundation, he had been CEO of the country's largest health board, Auckland District Health Board, for nine years. A qualified accountant, Garry has expertise in management, planning, accounting and finance, as well as experience of the banking industry. As CEO of the Foundation, Garry is passionate about providing ethical and values-based services for older people and ensuring that services are delivered with integrity, warmth and respect for the individual at all times.

The Reverend Caroline Leys

Director, Spiritual Care

Caroline is an Anglican Priest and has contributed as a non-stipendiary priest in several parishes and at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland. Since ordination as priest in 1990 she has worked in private practice as a therapist, facilitator, trainer and more recently in ministry and business development. Currently, Caroline is training to become a certified Sageing Leader for Sage-ing International. As director of Spiritual Care, Caroline will lead our strategic development of the spiritual wellbeing dimension of The Selwyn Way — which is our approach to the care and wellbeing of all who connect with us — so that spirituality is made accessible across everything we do as a charity, in our villages, through our community services, and through education and knowledge exchange for staff, older people and their families.

Hilda Johnson-Bogaerts

Director, The Selwyn Institute

Hilda Johnson-Bogaerts is a registered nurse with extensive experience in the aged care sector both in New Zealand and in her native home of Belgium. She holds a Masters in Health Science (Hon) from the University of Auckland and a Diploma in Business Management (Health Management) from the same university. Further, she holds a Graduate Diploma in Nursing and in Teaching. She has held executive leadership positions in the community and residential care settings. As Director of the Selwyn Institute, she is passionate about innovation, knowledge exchange, the facilitation of research and pilots regarding Ageing Well and Ageing and Spirituality. Hilda led the development and trialled Selwyn’s new participatory model of aged care, which won the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s overall ‘Excellence in Care Award’ in 2010 and was awarded finalist for the prestigious 2018 Asia Pacific eldercare innovation of the year award - model of care. This model is reflected in the physical design and operations of the new Selwyn Care Homes.

Lisa Watkins

Chief Operating Officer, Villages

Lisa has significant experience in managing both businesses and operational teams, ensuring the delivery of outcomes through people and process while achieving the objectives of the organisation. Lisa has particular expertise in leading and coaching people, process effectiveness and continual improvement, finance and operations management. She holds a Master of Applied Finance from Victoria University, and her career to date has included management roles within the finance, education and health sectors.  Lisa has held senior management roles with a number of high-profile organisations such as Barnardos, Southern Cross Healthcare, National Australia Bank, Trustee Executors and Carter Holt Harvey.

Karen Coleman

Director, Marketing and Communications

With 30 years’ experience in advertising, marketing and communications Karen has worked in both Hong Kong and New Zealand across a wide range of industries including, professional services, financial services, public sector, technology, property, publishing, tourism and hospitality to name but a few. Prior to joining The Selwyn Foundation, Karen was the National Director, Marketing for accounting firm, Grant Thornton New Zealand.  As Director, Marketing and Communications, she is responsible for positioning the organisation and its brand whilst meeting strategic goals and coordinating stakeholder engagement and effective communications.

The Venerable Lloyd Nau Popata

Archdeacon of Tamaki Makaurau, Pou Tikanga

Of Ngati Kahu of Northland, the Venerable Lloyd Popata is Priest in Charge of the pastorate of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Grafton. Archdeacon Popata assists in developing Selwyn’s Tikanga policy, building cultural awareness to enhance its Mission to deliver quality services that are responsive to the ageing person and their Whanau. He also provides guidance on facilitating better outcomes for the ageing Kaumatua and Kuia within New Zealand society in general.

Jason More

Chief Financial Officer

Jason began his career in chartered accountancy in New Zealand, before moving to the United Kingdom, where he worked for eleven years. Since returning to New Zealand, he has gained significant experience in the retirement village sector through holding key financial roles within Vision Senior Living Ltd and Metlifecare Ltd. Jason’s strong technical abilities, focus and drive play an important role in supporting The Selwyn Foundation.

Bob Bull

Director, Assets and Development

Bob holds a breadth of operational and strategic experience in the property sector having worked in the NZ/Australasian and UK/European property markets. His most recent company  role was the Director of Property, Projects and Facilities Management at Cushman and Wakefield.  Bob spent four years as General Manager Property for Air New Zealand and prior to that sat on the leadership team at CBRE as Director of Global Corporate Services. Bob is a strategic and innovative thinker with a proven track record of implementing projects and leading high performing teams. He sees the role of Property as not only a support function but as a business enabler helping to drive innovation within the organisation. 

Andy Stewart

Chief Information Officer

Andy has thirteen years' experience in the health sector, working as IS Manager at Wakefield Health in Wellington and as a Project Manager at Southern Cross Hospitals in Auckland. Andy brings a broad range of ICT knowledge and experience to The Selwyn Foundation, including selection and implementation of enterprise resource planning systems.

John Ashley

Chief Operating Officer – Community

John joined The Selwyn Foundation in 2016 from a background in Health Technology and Customer Relationship Management Software development. He has previously held senior leadership roles in New Zealand and Australia, and holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Business and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Auckland. John brings experience in business development and strategy, and is excited to be leading the growth and development of Selwyn's community services. 

Nico Smit

Director Risk

Nico is an experienced Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental, Quality and Risk Management executive with 20 years' experience across a range of industries, including; food and pharmaceutical manufacturing, heavy engineering, mining, construction projects, electricity and gas industries and telecommunications across New Zealand, Australia and the broader Pacific region.  Past roles include; Group Manager Risk and Assurance at Kordia Group, General Manager Safety, Quality and Environment for Tenix New Zealand and Pacific, Divisional HSSE Manager at Z Energy and Director HSEQ at Compass Group New Zealand.  He holds qualifications in Mechanical Engineering, Quality Engineering, Environmental Management and Safety and has lectured at university level in South Africa.  Nico has a strong interest in strategy, operational excellence and building safety cultures and provides strategic leadership for the Risk, Health & Safety functions of the organisation.

Dr Bart Nuysink

General Manager, Medical Services

Bart was drawn into aged care early in his GP career. As a GP, he became more and more involved in residential care, obtaining a Diploma in Geriatric Medicine prior to joining The Selwyn Foundation. From a medical centre (based at Selwyn Village), Bart sees patients on a daily basis while being part of the on-call medical team.