Board & management

Corporate Governance

The Lifestyle Communities Board of Directors is chaired by an independent Chairman and consists of six directors, including five non-executive directors, all of whom are considered independent of management. The functions of the Board are set out in a Board Charter. Charters that set out roles and responsibilities have also been developed for the Board’s various committees. These Charters are scheduled for periodic review and revised where appropriate.

The Board recognises the importance of keeping the market fully informed of the Company’s activities and of stakeholder communication made in a timely, balanced and transparent manner. The Board has adopted a Communications Policy to achieve effective communication with all stakeholders.

Lifestyle Communities has also adopted a Code of Conduct that is applicable to all directors, officers and employees.

Diversity at Lifestyle Communities is led by the Board and is driven by recognition that an inclusive culture and diverse workforce supports high performance. The Diversity Policy outlines how Lifestyle Communities supports a diverse workforce.

A more detailed discussion of Lifestyle Communities approach to Corporate Governance can be found in the Company’s most recent annual report.


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James Kelly
Managing Director

James was one of the founders of Lifestyle Communities and became Managing Director when the company listed in 2007. 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 is 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 and is Vice President of the Victorian Caravan Parks Association.

Tim Poole

Tim was appointed a Director of Lifestyle Communities Limited on 22 November 2007 and was appointed Chair on 31 December 2012. Tim is also a member of the HR & Remuneration Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Chartered Accountant. Tim has more than 15 years’ experience as a Director of ASX listed and unlisted companies across the financial services, infrastructure, aged care and resources industries. He is currently non-executive Chair of Aurizon Holdings Limited and McMillan Shakespeare Limited and is a non-executive Director of Reece Limited. He was formerly Managing Director of Hastings Funds Management and a non-executive Director of Japara Healthcare Limited and Newcrest Mining Limited.

Philippa Kelly
Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in 2013, Philippa is an experienced property and finance executive with over 25 years’ experience in the corporate sector and a background in law and investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Specialising in property for the past 18 years, she is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Juilliard Group of Companies, one of Melbourne’s largest private property owners. Philippa is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the HR & Remuneration Committee. Philippa is a member of the Deakin University Council, Chair of its Finance and Business Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Philippa is also a non-executive Director of the Australian Drug Foundation, including Chair of Audit and Risk.

The Honourable Nicola Roxon
Non-Executive Director

The Honourable Nicola Roxon was appointed a director of Lifestyle Communities on 1 September 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Melbourne. Her current roles are non-executive director of Bupa, non-executive director of Dexus, Chair of the Cancer Council Australia and Chair Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board. She is also Chair and Adjunct Professor at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University. Prior to this, she was Health Minister in the Labor government from 2007-2011, after which she became Australia’s first female Attorney-General.

Georgina Williams
Non-Executive Director

Georgina Williams was appointed a director of Lifestyle Communities on 1 September 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She has previously held the role of Group Executive at AustralianSuper and Head of Brand and Marketing at Bank of Melbourne.

David Blight
Non-Executive Director

David Blight was appointed a Director of Lifestyle Communities on 1 June 2018. He is the founding Director and CEO of ARA Australia, the Australian business of the Singapore based ARA Group. He is also a Director of Cromwell Property Group, Japara Healthcare and the Founding Chairman and Board member of the Australian chapter of APREA, the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association. David has been on the Japara Board since listing on the ASX in 2014, and sits on the Audit & Risk, Zero Harm and Remuneration and Nomination Committees, which he chairs.

Simône de la Harpe
Head of Human Resources

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.

Sam Cohen
Head of Operations

Sam joined Lifestyle Communities in October 2011 and has now been involved in business operations, customer service delivery and commercial management for over 25 years. Sam is focused on the management of all communities encompassing an increasing number of homeowners and a growing team of employees. In addition to the community operations, Sam also oversees the IT function along with other strategic objectives.

Darren Rowland

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.

Von Slater
Head of Development & Delivery

Von joined Lifestyle Communities in January 2018, bringing a wealth of knowledge from the Property and Construction industry where she has been involved with the delivery of some of the state’s landmark buildings.  Von leads the team in the Development and Construction of our communities and is passionate about the product we deliver, with a focus on evolving the design and managing key stakeholders.  Von sits on the Property Industry Diversity Committee and is a Board Member of Open House Melbourne.

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.

Natalie Sneddon
Head of Marketing

Natalie joined Lifestyle Communities in September 2018 with over 15 years’ marketing, digital and communications experience across various sectors including financial services, superannuation, utilities and charities. Passionate about all things customer, Natalie is focused on generating interest and enquiries for our communities, as well as engaging our audiences through relevant and genuinely helpful communications across our marketing touchpoints.

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