Board & Management
Meet the Lifestyle board and management team below.
James Kelly, Managing Director
James was appointed Managing Director in September 2007 and is one of the founders of Lifestyle Communities Limited.
With over 40 years’ experience in property development and construction, James brings to Lifestyle Communities a wealth of knowledge and experience in the property industry. Prior to establishing Lifestyle Communities, James held several senior management roles in property and related sectors, including CEO of Dennis Family Corporation and roles at Coles Myer and Lend Lease Corporation. James was also the founding Chair of the Residential Land Lease Alliance, the peak body for the land lease industry. He is also on the Board of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia. James has not held any directorships in any other listed entities during the past three years.
Philippa Kelly, Chair
Philippa has been a Director of Lifestyle Communities Limited since September 2013 and was appointed Chair in August 2019, she is also a member of the Audit Committee (Chair until August 2109), and Remuneration Committee
Philippa has more than 20 years’ experience in senior operational and leadership roles within the property sector. She was formerly Chief Operating Officer of the Juilliard Group, one of Melbourne’s largest private property owners. Previously she was Head of Institutional Funds Management of Centro Properties Group (now Vicinity Centres).
Philippa has a background in law and investment banking, specialising in IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience across governance and risk management, property and finance. Philippa is currently an independent director of AustralianSuper and Chair of its Investment Committee. She is also a Non-executive Director of oOh!media (ASX:OML) and Hub Australia. Philippa is not related to James Kelly, Managing Director.
The Honourable Nicola Roxon, Non-Executive Director
The Honourable Nicola Roxon was appointed to the Board of Lifestyle Communities Limited as a Non Executive Director on 1 September 2017. Ms Roxon is also Chair of the Remuneration Committee.
Ms Roxon’s current roles are Independent Chair of HESTA and VicHealth, and a Non-Executive Director of Dexus, Board of Health Justice Australia. Her previous non executive roles include Chair of Bupa, Cancer Council Australia, Utilities Trust of Australia, the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board and an Adjunct Professor at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University.
Ms Roxon has more than 20 years’ experience with a background in the public sector and significant expertise in highly regulated consumer industries and the not for profit sector. Ms Roxon has deep industry knowledge of the health, government and professional services sector. In 15 years in politics she held many relevant positions including Federal Attorney General and Federal Minister for Health and Ageing. She worked previously as an Industrial lawyer and advocate at Maurice Blackburn and the National Union of Workers.
David Blight, Non-Executive Director
David Blight was appointed to the Board of Lifestyle Communities Limited as a Non-Executive Director on 15 June 2018.
David has more than 35 years of experience in property investment, development and management in Australia and globally. He is currently the Co-founder and CEO of ARA Australia, the Australian business of Singapore based ARA Asset Management Limited.
David’s previous roles include Vice Chairman of ING Real Estate and Global Chairman and CEO of ING Real Estate Investment Management based in The Netherlands. He has also held senior executive positions with Armstrong Jones, Mirvac Group and APN Property Group.
David is a Non-Executive Director of various private companies and was previously on the Board of formerly ASX listed Japara Healthcare Limited.
Mark Blackburn, Non-Executive Director
Mark was appointed to the Board of Lifestyle Communities Limited as a Non – Executive Director on 1 December 2019. Mark is also Chair of the Audit Committee.
Mark is currently Group CFO and Company Secretary of McMillan Shakespeare with over 23 years’ experience as a CFO in both listed and unlisted companies in the financial services, manufacturing, and mining services sectors. He was previously CFO at iSelect, a comparison website and online insurance broker, and prior to that was CFO at IOOF, a listed funds management business.
In particular, he has experience in financial management and advice, management of financial risks, management of key strategic projects, acquisitions and establishing joint ventures.
Claire Hatton, Non-Executive Director
Claire Hatton was appointed to the Board of Lifestyle Communities Limited as a Non-Executive Director on 1st May 2022.
Claire is the Co-Founder & Director of Full Potential Labs, a leadership development company working with global technology firms.
She’s also a Non-Executive Director of Australian Pacific Travel Group, and a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed company Tyro Payments Ltd (ASX: TYR).
Most recently, as an executive, she spent seven years on the Google Australia and New Zealand commercial leadership team.
Claire also has 20 years of experience working in digital business and 25 years of senior international business experience in travel and technology industries across Australia, Asia, and the U.K.
Darren Rowland, Chief Financial Officer
Darren joined the Lifestyle Communities team in 2018 and has held a number of senior finance and commercial roles; most recently as the Head of Finance and Commercial for the Toll Group’s Operating Services division. Prior to joining Toll, Darren gained valuable experience in commercial and finance roles based in Dublin and London.
In addition to being a Chartered Accountant, Darren also holds a Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Accountancy) from Queensland University of Technology.
Simône de la Harpe, Head of People Experience
Simône joined Lifestyle Communities in November 2017 as an experienced HR leader who specialises in business partnering, to foster operational and performance excellence.
Working predominately in organisations with a strong customer centric focus, Simône consolidated her human resources experience as the National HR Manager for Calibre Clothing. Simône is focused on implementing strategies to attract, retain and develop market leading talent.
Chris Paranthoiene, Head of Development & Acquisitions
Chris joined Lifestyle Communities in February 2007 having previously worked in finance after completing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne. Chris’s role and responsibilities include land acquisition, feasibility analysis, planning and project delivery.
Chris has developed a large network of property contacts throughout Melbourne and he has a diligent approach to land procurement and development.
Richard Parker, Head of Sales
Richard has been a sales leader for over 15 years and has a strong backing in finance and equity release for the over 55s group. Richard is customer focused with a view to ensuring that all potential homeowners have a fantastic experience throughout the buying process and that this is just the beginning of a fulfilling lifestyle choice.
Richard believes that high employee engagement leads to a better customer experience and is focused on ensuring his team have the tools and skills to delight our customers.
Carmen Petropulo, Head of Marketing
Carmen joined Lifestyle Communities in October 2020 with extensive experience managing teams, developing marketing strategies and storytelling for a diverse group of prominent local and international brands; including Cadbury, Oliver Hume, Hostplus and GlaxoSmithKline. Carmen’s non-linear career has been built on roles in multinational and boutique creative agencies, in addition to leading in-house marketing departments.
Carmen leads the Marketing (Disruptions) Team, is passionate about nurturing young marketing talent, creating meaningful communications with Baby Boomers and is currently championing a company-wide aversion to producing earnestly bland marketing and experiences. Carmen recently completed a stint on the Board for Friends for Good, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to freeing Australians from loneliness.
Nathan Braddock, Head of Design and Construction
Nathan joined Lifestyle Communities in February 2019 following a diverse career in construction spanning from high end residential through to retail and commercial projects.
Each company and team Nathan has been attracted to have had consistent focus on customer experience, which ultimately aligned Nathan with Lifestyle Communities.
Nathan leads our Design and Construction team who are all passionate about the homes, clubhouses, facilities, and communities that we create and continually evolve for our homeowners to live their best lives.
Anita Addorisio, Company Secretary
Anita joined the Lifestyle Communities team as Company Secretary in December 2021. She is an experienced finance professional with 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles within public and private entities across IT technology, mining, industrial and public practice sectors, including 7+ years ASX listed company secretary experience.
Anita specialises in corporate governance, secretarial support and statutory financial reporting. Her expertise also extends to IPO’s, capital raisings, acquisitions, takeovers and restructures.
Anita also holds a Masters in Accounting and is a Fellow of CPA and Governance Institute of Australia.