In 1999 John Wood founded National Lifestyle Villages with a passion for providing a new and affordable lifestyle option for people too young or fit for a retirement village but no longer wanting a high maintenance house in the suburbs.
John combined his experience in the real estate, housing, tourism and marketing industries to see his idea grow into a business that won Telstra WA Business of the Year award in 2007. At the age of 20, John purchased the business he was employed by and subsequently won the Rothwell’s Young Entrepreneur Award and the West Australian Young Achievers Award, representing WA at Kirribilli House with former Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
John’s interest in manufactured homes and parks was cultivated after being attracted to the industry by his father (John Wood Senior) to establish and manage the growth of Fleetwood Corporation’s manufactured homes division. John grew the business to be a market leader throughout the 90’s and was appointed an executive member of the industry association for 15 years in varying capacities including President.
Representing the industry further, John has been appointed to a number of government committees and has been a champion for new legislation to provide appropriate governance on behalf of people seeking to enjoy the benefits of lease-hold lifestyle concepts without giving up security of tenure or certainty.
Although the Group has flourished into a WA success story with a multitude of awards behind it, John is most proud and passionate about the Group's environmental awards such as the WA Environment of the Year award in 2006 and the National Banksia award for Environmental Excellence in 2007.
David Shore joined Ecofit Homes in 2010 as Financial Controller. In January 2012 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for the NLV Group.
David has over twenty years experience as a chartered management accountant in the UK and Australia and is also a certified practicing accountant. David spent 12 years as a senior finance executive working with some of the UK’s most successful and profitable motor retail groups. In Australia, David has continued his focus on business improvement strategies whilst holding senior finance positions with Flight Centre & VDM Group.
Ian first joined NLV in 2005 as a Project Manager. Ian has over 15 years project experience working across a variety of projects in the UK, Africa and Australia. From large billion dollar Civil Construction resource sector projects through to Urban Development.
Ian has a Bachelor of Science and an MBA and is a Registered Project Manager (RegPM) through the Australian Institute of Project Management with ‘Certified Practicing Project Director’ status.
Chris Harrison joined National Lifestyle Villages in June 2011 after accruing over 15 years’ senior management experience from the seniors-living sector. During this time, Chris worked for Lend Lease and subsequently with Fini Villages.
Chris’s diverse background also includes executive roles in accounting, general management, sales and marketing, property development and stock broking.
Chris is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Management) from Edith Cowan University.
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