Our structure

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


Carolyn Cooper – Acting Managing Director, Bupa Villages & Aged Care NZ

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.

Julie Sellar | Director | Bupa

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).

Margaret Owens | Director | Bupa

Maggie Owens – Chief Operating Officer, Villages and Aged Care New Zealand

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 33 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 | Bupa

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.



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