Meet the Board
Board of Directors
Radius Care's Board currently comprises:
Managing Director/Executive Chairman
Brien Cree has more than 30 years’ experience in the aged care sector and is the founding shareholder of Radius Care. Brien has also been the Managing Director of Radius Care from 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 and Managing Director, Brien is focused on the execution of Radius Care’s strategic growth objectives. He is a board member of the NZACA and past board member of the Retirement Villages Association.
Duncan is a partner at Sharp Tudhope Lawyers (Tauranga and Auckland) and has over 30 years’ experience in practice. His key areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, and 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 assosciated 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.
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.
BCom, DipGrad, CA
Tim Sumner is a New Zealand Chartered Accountant and financial professional with over two decades of financial services experience, and has been a director of Radius Care since 2014. He started his career with KPMG (Auckland and Moscow) and then moved into banking and private equity with Credit Suisse (London and New York). Tim is a co-founder of Knox Investment Partners and has worked as a Managing Director of Knox Investment Partners since 2005, focusing on deal structuring and execution and fund administration.
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.
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.
Radius Care's Senior Management team currently comprises:
Stuart Bilbrough CA NZ, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Stuart Bilbrough was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Radius Care in June 2020, following a successful career in the healthcare industry, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), logistics, telecommunications and financial services. Stuart is a New Zealand Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA with distinction from Massey University. Stuart has over 30 years’ experience in finance roles and was the Chief Financial Officer at Radius Care from 2010 to 2017. Other notable companies include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fonterra, Deutsche Bank and American Express. Stuart is a board member of the New Zealand Underwater Association Inc.
General Manager Operations
Jane Smart was appointed Chief Operations Officer of Radius Care in February 2011, and has over 30 years’ 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.
General Manager, Commercial Services
Steven Heesen joined Radius Care in 2007 and leads the Radius Care commercial services team. He has over 20 years’ experience in hospitality management and over 16 years’ experience in the aged care sector. His disciplines include all property matters, procurement, marketing, hospitality and information services.
General Manager, Finance
Michelle Slabber is a New Zealand Chartered Accountant and joined Radius Care in 2016. Michelle has nearly 25 years’ experience in financial roles in various industries including healthcare and financial services, and trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers in South Africa.