Meet our leadership team
Carolyn Cooper – Acting Managing Director
Carolyn joined Bupa New Zealand as Director Clinical Service Improvement (CSI) in April 2017. In July 2017 the Director of Operations and Director of CSI Roles were combined and the role is now known as Chief Operating Officer and Lead Nurse NZ.
Prior to joining Bupa Carolyn worked as the Executive Director Clinical Operations for the Illawara Shoalhaven Local Health District based in Wollongong, New South Wales.
Carolyn Cooper was appointed to the InterRAI New Zealand Governance Board in February 2018 as the Nurse representative.
Carolyn has extensive experience in emergency nursing, older persons’ health, rehabilitation, orthopaedics and executive management. She has previously worked for the Public Health system in NZ and Australia, 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.
Carolyn is currently seconded to the Managing Director role for Bupa Villages & Aged Care New Zealand.
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 – Chief Operating Officer
Maggie joined Bupa Care Services in 2007 after working in the retirement village industry since 1990. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Villages and Aged Care in New Zealand and is responsible for overseeing 34 retirement villages and 48 care homes 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.