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.
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.