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Governance

The board

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Dr David Kerr MB CHB, FRNZCGP
CHAIR

David joined Ryman’s board in 1994 and has held the role of chair since 1999. A general practitioner, David is a fellow and past president of the New Zealand Medical Association and was awarded a Fellowship with Distinction by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. He is chair of EcoCentral and Centercare Limited and a director of Forté Health and Ngāi Tahu Property.

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Jo Appleyard LLB (HONS)
DIRECTOR

Jo is a partner with Chapman Tripp and a skilled advocate and litigator specialising in commercial, employment, and resource management law. Before her appointment as a director in 2009, Jo had acted for Ryman for several years on employment and resource management matters, both of which are critical to the success of the company.

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Warren Bell MCOM
DIRECTOR

Warren joined the board in 2011 and chairs the Audit and Financial Risk Committee.  He is an experienced public and private company director and was previously an audit partner. He is currently chair of Hallenstein Glasson and St George’s Hospital, and is a director of several private companies.

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George Savvides BE (HONS), MBA, FAICD
DIRECTOR

George lives in Melbourne and has 20 years’ experience in Australia’s healthcare industry. After 14 years as managing director of Medibank, Australia’s largest health insurer, he retired in 2016. George joined Ryman’s board in 2013 and is chair of Kings Group, Macquarie University Hospital, and deputy chair of SBS.

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Claire Higgins BCOM, FCPA, FAICD
DIRECTOR

Based in Melbourne, Claire is a director and consultant with board experience in Australia and New Zealand. She joined Ryman’s board in 2014 and is chair of REI Superannuation Pty Ltd, and NorthWest Healthcare Properties Management Ltd, and a director in the property, health, and philanthropic sectors. Claire had a long executive career at BHP and OneSteel Limited before becoming a professional director.

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Geoffrey Cumming BA(HONS), MSC (ECON), LLD
DIRECTOR

Geoff re-joined the board in June 2018, having previously served as a director from 1999 to 2000. He is a Canada-based New Zealand citizen who is an economist, investor, and philanthropist. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a chief executive and as a company director, having served on more than 25 corporate boards in a wide range of countries and industries. 

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Anthony Leighs
DIRECTOR

Anthony is the Managing Director of Leighs Construction, which he founded in 1995 and has built into one of New Zealand’s leading commercial construction contractors. He is a former chairman of the New Zealand Registered Master Builders’ Association and a former deputy chairman of the Building Research Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Government Building Advisory Panel and the Construction Strategy Group. Anthony joined the Ryman board in 2018.

The senior executive team

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Gordon MacLeod
CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Gordon joined Ryman in 2007. He had previously been a corporate finance partner with PwC and finance director of a London listed hi-tech engineering company. Gordon has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a chartered accountant. He is a board member of the New Zealand Aged Care Association and the Retirement Villages Association.

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Debbie McClure
CHIEF SALES AND MARKETING OFFICER

Debbie joined Ryman as an administrator in 1990 before moving into sales. She moved to Melbourne in 2013 to lead Ryman’s sales expansion in Victoria. Debbie is a member of the Property Council of Australia’s Retirement Living Committee in Victoria and a member of the Division Council for Australia.

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Barbara Reynen-Rose
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Barbara began as a nurse manager, was appointed Director of Nursing in 1997 and was promoted to Operations Manager in 2002. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Nursing, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and a Masters in Health Sciences (Gerontology).
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Tom Brownrigg
CHIEF CONSTRUCTION OFFICER

Tom joined Ryman in 2006 and has overseen the construction of 19 Ryman villages. He has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, in roles ranging from carpentry to project management.

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Andrew Mitchell
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Andrew joined Ryman in 2007 after working as a Regional Development Manager for Sunrise  Senior Living in the UK. Andrew has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Valuation and Property Management. 

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Nicole Forster
CHIEF PEOPLE AND TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Nicole joined Ryman in 2011 as Senior Human Resources Advisor. Prior to joining Ryman Nicole worked in a variety of human resource and healthcare related roles. Nicole was promoted to Group Shared Services Manager before taking up her current role in 2018.

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David Bennett
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

David was appointed in 2013 as Financial Controller and promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2017. David has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a chartered accountant. Before joining Ryman, he worked as an accountant and auditor.

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