Wayne is originally from Christchurch. He attained a Diploma in Hotel & Catering Management and then went on to complete his Commerce & Management Degree at Lincoln University. His experience since that time has included roles within the New Zealand Fire Service, and 7 years working within District Health Boards throughout the country, before taking up his most recent role as Village Manager for a large NZSE listed retirement village operator. After only one year in this role he was awarded “Leader of the Year” in New Zealand across the company’s portfolio.
Wayne’s formal training in hospitality, commerce and management, combined with his experience in both the Health sector and Village Management, provide a perfect platform. He is excited about building on the incredible work that has been done to date in making The Russley the premium village in New Zealand.
Jeanette has been part of The Russley Village team for over 9 years. She is a tremendous ambassador of The Russley, and has had involvement in the Sales process in conjunction with our former Sales Manager, Nola Lamb. Jeanette has a wonderful rapport with residents and has a great understanding of the retirement village market in Christchurch.
Michelle comes with many years of nursing experience. She completed her nursing training at the Christchurch School of Nursing, as well as being a qualified midwife she holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences. Since returning to New Zealand in 1990, Michelle has worked in a variety of acute and long term nursing specialities and was the Clinical Nurse Manager at a rural hospital, where the hospital gained government accreditation and certification for the first time under her guidance. More recently she has been employed as the Roaming Clinical Manager for a large residential retirement company. Before joining the Russley team, she was working as Research Nurse for the Department of Surgery at Christchurch Hospital.
Originally a Police Constable, Graham completed a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration at Otago University. After developing and acquiring hotels and apartments throughout New Zealand, in 1994 Graham became involved at the Peninsula Club retirement village at Whangaparoa and was later part of a consortium that purchased and operated three other Auckland villages and one in the Bay of Plenty. When these villages were sold to an Australian entity, Graham decided to develop villages with character and individuality that he felt was lacking in most New Zealand villages.
Graham is currently President and the longest serving member of the Retirement Villages Association New Zealand.