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Why Bupa

Carolyn Cooper – Managing Director and Lead Nurse

Caro joined Bupa in 2017 and has held senior roles in both NZ and Australia. Caro’s experience is in executive management and a range of clinical areas, including emergency nursing and aged care. Prior to joining Bupa, she worked in several senior executive roles, including Executive Director, Clinical Operations for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, General Manager for Canterbury DHB and Chief Operating Officer at Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs.

Caro is on the board for InterRAI NZ, the NZ Aged Care Association and Retirement Village Association, is a member of the National Aged Residential Care Steering Group, and is our Lead Nurse.

 


Andre Chatfield – Head of Risk

Andre joined Bupa as Head of Risk in 2020 and provides risk management support to our teams around the country. Prior to joining Bupa, Andre was the Risk and Insurance Manager at Hamilton City Council and Civil Defence Alternate Controller for the City. He has extensive national and international experience in strategic, operational and emerging risk management as well as emergency, crisis and business continuity management gained from multiple industries and government agencies.

Andre is currently completing his Masters in Security Sciences in support of his qualifications in Advanced Risk Management, Security Management and Policing.

 


David Horner – Technology Director

David joined Bupa in 2017 as Technology Director, after returning to Auckland following 11 years in Melbourne. Prior to Bupa, David held a number of Technology leadership roles across the Trans-Tasman including Oxfam Australia, Sky City New Zealand and KPMG New Zealand.

As Technology Director, David is responsible for technology strategy, delivery and operations. Holding a degree in Politics & Economics, from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, David is passionate about using technology in smart ways to enhance the quality of people’s lives and improve the way in which businesses and society work.

 


Josh Byers - Head of Customer Transformation

Josh joined Bupa in 2020 as Head of Customer Transformation, where he leads marketing, propositions, customer experience and sales. He has over fifteen years’ experience in the technology sector, with nine of those years at executive level. Prior to Bupa, he worked as Head of Marketing and Partnerships at Public Trust and General Manager for Marketing at CSG NZ.

Josh is passionate about customer centricity, business transformation and strategy, and has a deep understanding and appreciation of the aged care industry. He holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Human Resources, from Massey University.

 


Julie Sellar – Finance Director

Julie joined Bupa in 2013 as Financial Controller and was appointed Finance Director in 2016, leading all Commercial and Financial functions. From mid-2018 to mid-2019 she also held the role for the Australian aged care business. Prior to joining Bupa, Julie worked in a number of senior financial leadership positions with the NZ Defence Force, Inland Revenue and Sainsbury’s in the UK.

Alongside a passion for aged care and a strong customer focus, Julie holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, from Victoria University, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors (CMInstD).

 


Katherine Foulkes - Clinical Services Director

Katherine joined Bupa in 2016 as the Clinical Lead, Quality Assurance in the Clinical Service Improvement Team. She has led the team since December 2017 and is responsible for a range of resident and client centred outcomes, including quality of care, clinical practice standards, and professional education. Katherine was appointed as Clinical Services Director in 2020.

As a Registered Comprehensive Nurse with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences - Advanced Nursing, from the University of Auckland, Katherine previously held a variety of senior nursing roles at Waikato District Health Board. She is proud to represent Bupa on the Nurse Executives New Zealand group as our Deputy Lead Nurse.

 


Margaret Eccleton - People Director

With over 12 years’ experience working within the health sector in New Zealand, Margaret joined Bupa in 2019. She has extensive people leadership experience within the public and private sector both in New Zealand and overseas. Prior to joining Bupa, Margaret was Director of People and Capability at Pegasus Health in Christchurch. 

Margaret holds a deep commitment to ensuring the work of the People Function supports excellence in service delivery for our customers, residents and their whānau. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Law, from the University of Canterbury, and a Masters in Business (specialty in Human Resources Management) from Queensland University of Technology.

 


Matthew McIlroy - Head of Legal

Matthew joined Bupa in 2018. He has extensive experience as an in-house lawyer and in corporate and commercial law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisition, banking and finance. Prior to joining Bupa, Matthew held senior in-house counsel roles at Chorus NZ and Shire PLC in the UK. He held a commercial role for Alliance and Royalty Management and has private practice experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer. 

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Law and of Commerce, majoring in Economics, from the University of Otago, and is admitted as a lawyer in New Zealand, England and Wales.

 


Richard Stephenson – Property Director

Richard joined the leadership team in 2015 and was previously the Commercial Director of Independent Living. Richard has over 30 years’ experience in civil engineering, building and project management and has extensive knowledge of the end-to-end design and construction process. He has worked on a number of international high-profile projects including the UK's Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

Richard has worked in the retirement village sector for the past 18 years, and previously worked for Metlifecare as Group Development Manager, and for Vision Senior Living as General Manager Development. He holds a Masters of Engineering (Civil), from the University of Portsmouth.

 


Stephanie Spicer - Head of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs

Stephanie joined Bupa NZ in 2018 as Head of Corporate Affairs and is responsible for leading Bupa’s internal and external communications and sustainability. She first joined Bupa in London in 2011 where she held a number of senior Corporate Affairs roles in public affairs, communications and sustainability, as well as in legal/regulatory. Prior to Bupa, Stephanie worked in sustainability and legal roles in the UK and New Zealand.

Stephanie holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Change and Management, from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Arts, from the University of Auckland. 

 


Sue McLeod - Regional Director Central/Southern

Sue joined Bupa in 2013 as Operations Manager for Care Homes in the South Island region. She was then appointed to Head of Operations for Care Homes and Rehabilitation, before her appointment into her current role where she leads care homes and villages from Tauranga down to Invercargill. 

Sue has an extensive nursing background, involving care of older persons in both the public and private sectors. She also has research and education experience in respiratory and diabetes specialties. Sue previously worked at Canterbury DHB as Nursing Director of General Medicine and Service Manager for Older Person’s Health. She has a Postgraduate in Health Management.

 


Suzy Clarkson - Head of Customer Engagement and Public Affairs

Suzy joined Bupa in 2020 and led the Corporate Affairs team for 12 months, before becoming Head of Customer Engagement and Public Affairs in March 2021.

With a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism and after 23 years in a variety of onscreen roles, Suzy transitioned to the corporate sector. She has held roles with Coca-Cola Amatil NZ and Fiji, Fletcher Building and IAG where she gained experience in internal and external communications, government relations, crisis communications, corporate reputation enhancement and protection, and stakeholder engagement.