Founder and Managing Director
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.
Group General Manager – Client Services and Business Growth
Bill joined NLV in July 2013 with over 25 years in the human services sector. After an extensive career in the public and private acute healthcare, community and mental health sectors, Bill returned to Western Australia in February 2001 to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer of SwanCare Group, one of the largest single site providers of aged care and senior’s accommodation in Australia.
In September 2007 left SwanCare to head up the development of the Seniors and Villages Communities division of the Aspen Group to develop and operate several retirement/lifestyle living communities in New South Wales and Western Australia.
Bill joined Westridge Australia in 2009 (part of the BGC group, one of the largest privately owned building companies in Australia) to coordinate and manage development opportunities (in-house and with business partners) throughout Western Australia in the areas of retirement and aged care, health and social and affordable housing.
Bill has a Bachelor of Health Administration and completes a Masters of Health Service Management in 2014.
Keith Vuleta B.Bus (Acc & Com Law), CA, MAICD
Chief Financial Officer and Group Secretary
Keith trained with Ernst & Young and has been a Chartered Accountant for over twenty five years.
He has extensive senior corporate experience including negotiation, management and completion of substantial financing facilities, corporate actions and acquisitions in his senior executive management roles with Australian resources companies. has held various positions including Finance Director, Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for public companies in the mining, construction, engineering, forestry and financial services industries.
Keith is principally experienced in financial management with a focus on areas of finance, system policies and controls, project management, financial reporting, risk management, governance and compliance.
Keith is currently, and has been since 2004, Chairman of the Polytechnic of Western Australia (Western Australia’s largest vocational training provider) and he is also currently serving as a Ministerial appointment to the Swan Valley Planning Committee with a keen interest in and achieving strategic planning objectives for the State.
General Manager - Civil and Construction
Andrew has over 34 years’ experience in the building industry, bringing to the Group a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the Australian construction industry.
As the General Manager of Ecofit Developments, Andrew also acts as the company’s registered builder. Over the years he has built-up and maintained strong ties with many key industry stake holders and continues to be involved in the front-line of a rapid-growth industry.
Previous to his appointment at Ecofit Homes, Andrew ran his own building and construction business.