Meet the Board

Board of Directors

Radius Care’s Board currently comprises:

Brien Cree

Executive Chairman

Brien Cree has more than 30 years of experience in the aged care sector and is the founding shareholder of Radius Care. Brien has also been the Managing Director of Radius Care since the company’s inception in 2003. Brien has built Radius Care’s portfolio from the ground up to its current 22 aged care facilities and two retirement villages. As Executive Chairman, Brien is focused on the execution of Radius Care’s strategic growth objectives. He is a board member of the NZACA and a past board member of the Retirement Villages Association.

Duncan Cook

Non-Executive Director
LLB

Duncan is a partner at Sharp Tudhope Lawyers (Tauranga and Auckland) and has over 30 years of experience in practice. His key areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, turnaround and restructuring. Duncan Cook has been a director of Radius Care since 2010 and worked with Radius Care’s founders to establish, structure and grow the company. Duncan has governance experience across a range of industry sectors, including fishing, exports and housing construction. He has volunteered on the boards of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and agencies associated with economic development in the Tauranga region. Duncan is a member of the New Zealand Law Society, Institute of Directors New Zealand (Inc) and Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association New Zealand Incorporated.

Bret Jackson

Non-Executive Director
BCom (Honours), MBA (Harvard Business School)

Bret Jackson has been a director of Radius Care since 2014 and has over two decades of business experience. Bret is a co-founder of Knox Investment Partners (a leading private equity manager) and has been a Managing Director of Knox Investment Partners since 2005 (focusing on deal origination, strategy and value creation). Previously Bret held corporate roles at Mobil Oil New Zealand, as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group (Sydney and London), and has founded and successfully operated his own private businesses. Bret is currently Chairman of AAM Group in Australia and is also a past President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of New Zealand.

Mary Gardiner

Independent Director
BCom, CA, FCIS, MInstD

Mary Gardiner is a New Zealand Chartered Accountant and was appointed as an independent director of Radius Care in December 2020. Prior to joining Radius Care, Mary’s career has primarily been in financial services and she’s held roles as Chief Financial Officer of Instant Finance and Radius Health Group, and Governance Risk Manager at Air New Zealand and KPMG (New Zealand, Germany and Australia). She is also an Independent Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Southern Cross Pet Insurance, Chair of Netball Northern Zone and trustee of Mangere Mountain Education Trust, an Auckland Council controlled organisation, and has also previously been Chair of Auckland Netball Centre and Badminton NZ. Mary is a member of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of Governance New Zealand.

Hamish Stevens

Independent Director
MCom (Honours), MBA, CA, CInstD

Hamish is a New Zealand Chartered Accountant and was appointed as an Independent Director of Radius Care in December 2020. Hamish has held directorships in both listed and private companies since 2010. Hamish is also currently the Chair of Evolve Education Group, East Health Services and Pharmaco and a director of Marsden Maritime Holdings, Pacific Radiology Group and Counties Power. Prior to his governance career, Hamish held senior finance positions with Heinz Wattie, Tip Top Ice Cream and DB Breweries, and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Senior Management

Radius Care’s Senior Management team currently comprises:

Andrew Peskett

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew brings extensive experience in the retirement village and aged care industry, having previously been a senior executive at Metlifecare, a leading New Zealand retirement village operator with total assets in excess of $4 billion. After several years working in large London law firms, Andrew returned to New Zealand and joined Metlifecare in 2007, holding roles including Acting Chief Executive Officer, GM Corporate Services, Acting GM Operations and General Counsel & Company Secretary.

Jane Smart

Chief Operations Officer

Jane Smart was appointed Chief Operations Officer of Radius Care in February 2011 and has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, and extensive experience in the aged care sector. Jane has spent most of her career in leadership and management positions.

Steven Heesen

General Manager, Commercial Services

Steven Heesen joined Radius Care in 2007 and leads the Radius Care commercial services team. He has over 20 years of experience in hospitality management and over 16 years of experience in the aged care sector. His disciplines include all property matters, procurement and hospitality.

Michelle Slabber

General Manager, Finance

Michelle Slabber is a New Zealand Chartered Accountant and joined Radius Care in 2016. Michelle has nearly 25 years of experience in financial roles in various industries including healthcare and financial services and trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers in South Africa.

Gared Thomas

General Manager, Property Development

Gared joined Radius Care in 2019 and is responsible for property development across New Zealand. Gared is passionate about delivering quality, well-designed homes for our residents to live in.

Sam Carey

General Manager, Marketing and Retail

Sam started with Radius Care in 2011 and leads the branding, marketing strategy and public relations portfolios. In 2017, Sam started the Radius Shop as a way to connect with elderly New Zealanders prior to needing aged care.

Trish Evers

General Manager People

Trish has over 15 years’ experience in the HR sector and has worked in various fields including government agencies, health and transportation. She joined Radius Care in 2017. Trish has a particular interest in the area of employee engagement and making sure that we get the best out of our staff. 

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