Meet our leadership team
Carolyn Cooper – Managing Director
Carolyn Cooper is Bupa’s Managing Director for Bupa Villages & Aged Care New Zealand. Carolyn has extensive experience in New Zealand and Australia across emergency nursing, aged care, rehabilitation, orthopaedics and executive management.
Carolyn joined Bupa New Zealand as Director Clinical Service Improvement (CSI) in April 2017 and became the Chief Operating Officer and Lead Nurse New Zealand in July of the same year. Carolyn moved over to Bupa’s Australian aged care business as Chief Operating Officer from November 2018 to July 2019, returning to New Zealand to act in the role of Managing Director for Bupa Villages & Aged Care New Zealand. She was confirmed in the Managing Director position in February 2020.
Prior to joining Bupa, Carolyn worked as Executive Director, Clinical Operations for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District based in Wollongong, New South Wales. She also worked as a General Manager for Canterbury DHB, has been the Chief Operating Officer at Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs, and worked as the Executive Director of People and Culture for the Wairarapa, Hutt, and Capital and Coast DHBs. She has experience in the public health system in New Zealand and Australia, as well as in the private health sector and for ACC in New Zealand.
Carolyn was appointed to the InterRAI New Zealand Governance Board in February 2018 as the Nurse Representative, is on the Board of the Aged Care Association and a member of the National Aged Residential Care Steering Group.
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, Care Villages
Maggie joined Bupa Care Services in 2007 after working in the retirement village industry since 1990 and is responsible for overseeing 34 retirement villages nationwide. 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.
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.