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Board of Directors

Seng Huang Lee

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Lee joined the Board in February 2006 and was appointed as Chairman in February 2009. Mr Lee was educated at the University of Sydney in Australia and has wide experience in the financial services and real estate investment industry.

Mr Lee is currently the Group Executive Chairman of Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited (appointed in January 2007), a company listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Everbright Sun Hung Kai & Company Limited, a leading financial services institution in Hong Kong (appointed in July 2015). Mr Lee is also Executive Chairman of Mulpha International Berhad (appointed in December 2003), a company listed on the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.

Geoff Grady

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

Mr Grady joined Aveo Group as Chief Operating Officer in March 2009. He was appointed as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Aveo Group in July 2013. He has also worked as a partner at KPMG.

Mr Grady holds degrees in commerce and law with honours from the University of Queensland. He is a chartered accountant and admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Mr Grady is also the Chairman of Aveo Healthcare Limited (appointed 18 March 2014).

Diana Saw

Non-Executive Director

Mrs Saw joined the Board in November 2016. Mrs Saw has more than 15 years’ experience in senior roles in Australia and overseas, primarily in the areas of property and investment. Mrs Saw has worked as a senior executive in Babcock & Brown’s infrastructure group in Sydney and London where she gained considerable experience in transaction structuring and execution for local and cross-border transactions, across various infrastructure asset classes.

Prior to this, Mrs Saw was a member of the structured debt capital markets team at Deutsche Bank and was a solicitor in the banking and finance group at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

Mrs Saw is currently Managing Director – Corporate Services for Qualitas Property Partners where she is responsible for group operational risk management and compliance, as well as fund establishment and monitoring.

Mrs Saw holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Jim Frayne

Non-Executive Director

Mr Frayne joined the Board in July 2008. He has over 40 years’ experience in chartered accountancy in audit and corporate services fields. Mr Frayne was appointed as a partner of PKF Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers (now BDO Chartered Accountants) in 1983 and from that time headed up the Audit and Assurance Division of PKF Brisbane until his retirement in June 2006.

He is a Director of Black & White Holdings Limited and effective 1 July 2017, Mr Frayne was appointed as a Director of CFMG Equity and Income Limited, which is an unlisted public company.

Mr Frayne was appointed a member of the Audit and Risk Committee effective November 2017 and has been a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee since July 2012.

Walter McDonald

Non-Executive Director

Mr McDonald joined the Board in August 2012. He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading legal practitioners with many years’ experience in advising major government and corporate clients. Currently, Mr McDonald is a partner in the Corporate Division at Piper Alderman. Prior to this, Mr McDonald held various business management positions over a number of years as a Managing Partner at Clayton Utz in its National Corporate Division.

During this time, Mr McDonald has gained experience across a wide range of areas of law including government, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, energy and resources, corporate finance, intellectual property, workout/recovery, major projects and technology, media and telecommunications.

Mr McDonald was appointed as Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee effective June 2014.

Eric Lee

Non-Executive Director

Mr Lee joined the Board in December 2012. He is currently an Executive Director for Mulpha International Berhad, the holding company of Mulpha Australia Limited, Aveo’s largest single securityholder.

Prior to joining Mulpha International Berhad, Mr Lee was the Executive Vice President of Alliance Financial Group . Mr Lee also held various senior management positions, including 12 years at Microsoft as the Chief Financial Officer of Greater China Region and Finance Director of Asia Pacific Region.

He is a Director of Mudajaya Group Berhad (appointed in October 2012), a Director of Thriven Global Berhad (appointed March 2016, a Director of Mulpha Australia Limited (appointed November 2012) and a Director of Mulpha International Berhad (appointed July 2017).

Mr Lee was appointed as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee in February 2013.

Kelvin Lo

Non-Executive Director

Mr Lo joined the Board in February 2017. He has been engaged in the funds management business and practising law in New South Wales, Australia at Alliance Law Group since 2007. He previously served as chief investment officer of Value Creation Inc from 2002 to 2007, chief executive officer of Mreferral Corporation Ltd from 2000 to 2001, chief financial officer of Midland Realty Ltd from 1999 to 2001 and financial controller of Lippo Ltd from 1992 to 1999. Mr. Lo was appointed as a non-executive director of Medtech Group Company Ltd, a company listed in Hong Kong in 2001.

Mr Lo is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of England, an associate of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, an associate of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, a chartered financial analyst of the CFA Institute of United States, holds a graduate diploma of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrator Australia. He is an associate member of the Law Society of New South Wales, Australia. Mr Lo obtained a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney, Australia. Mr Lo was appointed as a Notary Public of New South Wales of Australia in 2012. He is also an independent director of OUE Limited (SGX-ST: “OUE”) is a diversified real estate owner, developer and operator with a real estate portfolio located in prime locations in Asia and the United States.

Mr Lo was appointed a member of the Audit and Risk Committee in February 2017.

Executive Leadership Team

Geoff Grady

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

Mr Grady joined Aveo Group as Chief Operating Officer in March 2009, having previously been the Chief Executive Officer of Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited since 2002. He was appointed as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Aveo Group in July 2013. He has also worked as a partner of KPMG. Mr Grady holds degrees in commerce and law with honours from the University of Queensland. He is a chartered accountant and admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Mr Grady is also the Chairman of Aveo Healthcare Limited (appointed 18 March 2014).

David Hunt

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Hunt was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in April 2010, having previously been the Chief Financial Officer of ING Real Estate Investment Management. Mr Hunt has over 20 years' experience, including earlier roles as Group General Manager of Finance at Stockland, and Group Financial Controller and Finance Manager at Zurich Financial Services Australia Limited. Mr Hunt is also a Director on the Boards of Aveo Healthcare Limited and Retirement Villages Group.

Gary Kordic

Head of Development

Mr Kordic joined Aveo Group in September 2011 as Executive General Manager, Developments Queensland and Victoria. Mr Kordic has been a senior property executive for many years and has extensive experience in the development, consulting and civil construction industries. Mr Kordic previously worked with Sunland Group as Australian Housing and Land Manager. Prior to that Mr Kordic was a director of a civil construction business and director of the Land Development Departments of International Consulting practices.

Darren Sonter

Head of Care

Mr Sonter joined Aveo Group in 2016 to launch Aveo Care at Home and lead the transition of Aveo’s communities after the acquisition of Freedom Aged Care. Mr Sonter has over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare industry and prior to joining Aveo, directed business development and strategic alliances for the Mater Private Hospitals in South-East Queensland. Mr Sonter was appointed as Head of Care of Aveo Group in August 2018.

Justin Lorenz

Head of Community, Northern Region

Mr Lorenz joined Aveo Group in 2007 as General Manager, Corporate Finance and has 20 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, company strategy, valuation and financing through his roles with Aveo and prior investment banking with Credit Suisse. His responsibilities at Aveo have also included managing sales administration, contracting, licencing and compliance functions. He was the fund manager of Retirement Villages Group (RVG), an unlisted retirement village fund, up until its acquisition by Aveo in 2016. Mr Lorenz is also a Director of Aveo Healthcare Limited.

Angela Buckley

Head of Community, Southern Region

Mrs Buckley has over 25 years of experience in leading and directing teams in sales, marketing, and operations within corporate environments and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Mrs Buckley has been with Aveo Group since 2012 and is currently a member of the Victorian Retirement Living Committee. Prior to joining Aveo she worked at Sensis Pty Ltd, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Telstra.

Cameron Levick

Head of Sales and Marketing

Mr Levick has had a successful corporate career working in senior leadership roles and driving transformation in leading Australian organisations as well as some of the world’s largest companies, including Diageo and Vodafone. Mr Levick combines considerable expertise in strategic sales and marketing, organisational transformation, brand development, and performance enhancement, with a commitment to premium quality service, breakthrough thinking, inspiring vision, and market-leading results.