We are part of the Bupa Australia New Zealand Market Unit, which offers personal and corporate health insurance, runs hospitals and care homes for older people, and provides workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching and home healthcare.
Meet our leadership team
Jan Adams – Managing Director
Jan joined our leadership team in March 2015 from the Waikato District Health Board where she had held a number of roles, including Director of Nursing and Midwifery and eight years as Chief Operating Officer. She has extensive experience within both the UK and NZ health sectors and, following her midwifery training, Jan worked for Bupa in Merseyside. She has served on the Nursing Council of New Zealand for four years, including two as Deputy Chair. She was also appointed to the Nurse Practitioner and Employment Working Party by the Health Minister and to a significant inquiry into services at National Women’s Hospital by the Director General.
Julie Sellar – Finance Director
Julie joined Bupa in 2013 as Financial Controller, and was appointed Finance Director in April 2016. Prior to joining Bupa, Julie held a number of financial leadership positions with the NZ Defence Force, Inland Revenue and Sainsburys in the UK. Julie has discovered a passion for aged care during her time with Bupa, and has a strong customer focus developed over many years in customer-centric organisations.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).
Maggie Owens – Director Independent Living
Maggie joined Bupa Care Services in 2007 after working in the retirement village industry since 1990. She is the Director Independent Living - responsible for overseeing 30 retirement villages and future developments and the nationwide medical alarms business. Maggie is a qualified RN with a BBus and PGrad Dip in Business Administration, is Immediate Past President of the Retirement Villages Association and has previous and current Board experience in the community, charity and private school sectors.
Julia Wiegandt-Goude – People Director
Julia has been with us since 2011. In the past she’s held a number of senior human resources roles in New Zealand local government, including General Manager of Human Resources for the Auckland Regional Council. Prior to that, she spent 18 years in the National Health Service in the UK as Human Resources Director for a large mental health foundation trust.
Julia holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Newcastle and a PGrad Diploma in Human Resources Management from Thames Valley University. She’s a member of the Institute of Directors, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.
Richard Stephenson – Director of Development and Property
Richard joined the leadership team in 2015 following on from his role as Commercial Director of Independent Living. Coming from a civil engineering and project management background, Richard has comprehensive knowledge of and experience in construction and building. Prior to joining Bupa, he worked on numerous high profile projects around the world, including leading development and property teams for industry aged care providers.
Carolyn Cooper – Director of Clinical Operations and Service Improvement
Carolyn has extensive experience in emergency nursing, older persons’ health, rehabilitation, orthopaedics and executive management. She has previously worked for District Health Boards (DHBs), in the private health sector and for ACC. Carolyn worked as a General Manager for Canterbury DHB, has been the Chief Operating Officer at Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs, and also worked as the Executive Director of People and Culture for the Wairarapa, Hutt, and Capital and Coast DHBs. She joined Bupa in April 2017 from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in NSW, Australia where she held the position of Executive Director of Clinical Operations.