Board & management
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 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 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. James has not held any directorships in any other listed entities during the past three years.
Philippa was appointed to the Board of Lifestyle Communities Limited as a Non-Executive Director on 18 September 2013 and was appointed Chair on 14 August 2019. Philippa is also Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the HR & Remuneration Committee.
Philippa is an experienced Non-executive Director of ASX listed, private and not-for-profit organisations. Philippa is a Deputy Chancellor of Deakin University, Chair of its Finance and Business Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Philippa was previously a Non-executive Director of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.
Philippa held senior executive operational roles within ASX listed and unlisted businesses for the past 20 years and most recently was Chief Operating Officer of the Juilliard Group, one of Melbourne’s largest private property owners. She has specific expertise in property, listed investment and managed funds, finance and in repositioning and developing the strategic direction of businesses in a range of sectors.
Philippa has a background in law, investment banking and mergers and acquisitions.
The Honourable Nicola Roxon
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 the Chair of the HR & Remuneration Committee.
Ms Roxon holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Melbourne. Her current roles are Independent Chair of HESTA and Non-Executive Director of Dexus Funds Management Limited. She was previously Chair of Bupa, Cancer Council 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.
Georgina Williams was appointed to the Board of Lifestyle Communities Limited as a Non-Executive on 1 September 2017. Georgina is also a member of the Audit Committee.
Georgina holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She has previously held the roles of Group Executive at AustralianSuper and Head of Brand and Marketing at Bank of Melbourne.
Georgina is a Non-Executive Director of Reece Limited and Sunsuper.
David Blight was appointed to the Board of Lifestyle Communities Limited as a Non-Executive Director on 15 June 2018.
David has more than 30 years of experience in property investment, development and management. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer 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 currently a Non-Executive Director of the ASX listed Japara Healthcare Limited.
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.
Mr Blackburn holds a Diploma of Business (Accounting) from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.