Our People

Our management team come from a range of healthcare property investment, development and finance backgrounds. We understand the importance of partnering with tenants to deliver the best outcomes and results for investors. 

Aaron HocklyFund Manager - Vital Healthcare Property Trust

Mr Hockly is a New Zealand National who recently returned to New Zealand after 17 years in senior management and advisory roles in Australia. He has an extensive property, funds management and legal background with his last role in Australia being the Chief Operating Officer for Growthpoint Properties Australia.  Growthpoint is a A$4.1 billion ASX listed real estate investment trust with a portfolio of quality office and industrial properties. At Growthpoint, Mr Hockly had direct management responsibility for strategy, transaction structuring and execution (property, debt and equity), reporting and investor relations.

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Michael GrothChief Financial Officer

Mr Groth is a qualified Chartered Accountant, has over thirteen years’ experience in senior finance roles in the listed and unlisted property funds and funds management industry.  His most recent role has been as the Group Chief Financial Officer of the Melbourne based and ASX listed APN Property Group Limited (APN).  APN is a specialist real estate investment manager currently managing 2 ASX listed and 10 unlisted funds, with total Funds under Management of A$2.8bn.  

Mr. Groth has over 5 years’ experience in healthcare property funds management through his involvement with Generation Healthcare REIT, which was in the APN stable of funds before it was privatised and delisted from the ASX.  

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Jason KepecsDirector, Investments & Investor Relations

Jason joined the Vital team in September 2017. He is an experienced property professional, with nearly a decade of experience in the North American property investment industry. Previously, Jason was an equity analyst at a global investment bank covering Canada’s listed property sector. Jason began his career with a national grocery anchored shopping centre owner while completing his Bachelor of Administrative Studies at York University. Jason has passed the CFA Level One exam.

Jason’s primary responsibility is managing key communications and relationships across all stakeholder including the retail & institutional investors, the brokering community and financiers.

As the Fund Analyst Jason undertakes various financial modelling and analysis which support the delivery of the Trust’s strategy.

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Chris AdamsExecutive Director NorthWest, Developments & Acquisitions

Chris has extensive experience in the property industry in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, including over 20 years experience in health sector property acquisitions, transaction structuring and large scale hospital development.

Responsibilities with respect to NorthWest include overseeing development and acquisitions undertaken by the business. He was one of the founding Executives at Generation Healthcare REIT (now NorthWest  Healthcare Properties Australia).

Prior to joining Generation, Chris established Vital HealthCare’s presence in Australia in 1999 and served as General Manager – Australia following various roles with the group in New Zealand. Chris holds a Bachelor of Property from Auckland University.

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Richard RoosManaging Director - Australia

Richard moved to Melbourne with his family to join Vital three years ago after spending the previous six years in a senior executive role with NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT, a Canadian healthcare property trust. He has over 20 years of career experience in commercial real estate financing, acquisitions and property management.

In his role as Managing Director, Richard is responsible along with his Melbourne based team for the asset management of the Australian portfolio, including acquisitions, development, leasing and tenant relationships.

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Mark NormanNational Development Manager

Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in the healthcare property industry. He has delivered over 40 development projects for the Trust with a total value in excess of $350 million. This includes the development of several key greenfield hospitals along with numerous projects, in partnership with our operators, to enhance Vital’s existing facilities. Based in Melbourne, Mark has also been involved in the majority of Vital’s acquisitions over the last six years and also plays a significant role in the asset management of our Australian properties.

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Cameron RamsayNational Acquisitions Manager

Cameron joined Vital in April 2016 as National Acquisitions Manager. He has over 10 years’ experience in the property industry having formerly worked with Ernst & Young's Real Estate Advisory team in Melbourne.

Cameron’s previous role as Associate Director involved primarily managing freehold and going concern private hospital and medical centre valuations, acquisition due diligence and transaction management engagements for institutions, REIT's, syndicates, not for profit organisations, governments and high net worth individuals.

He has worked on a wide range of asset classes including aged care, major commercial office buildings, retail, industrial, residential development sites and subdivisions, car parks and retirement villages. In addition Cameron has provided specialist consultancy advice in relation to real estate options analysis, feasibility studies, site selection analysis, financial modelling, industry benchmarking assessments, business case assessments and lease structuring advice. Cameron has a Graduate Diploma in Valuations and Master of Business (Property) from RMIT University and is a Certified Practicing Valuer and member of the Australian Property Institute.

Based in Vital’s Melbourne office, Cameron will play a key role in the continued growth of the Australian portfolio.

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Drugh WoodsNew Zealand Asset Manager

Drugh has been with Vital for over ten years and is responsible for managing the financial performance of the New Zealand portfolio including asset acquisitions and disposals. Drugh has over 15 years of experience following the completion of a Bachelor of Property degree at Auckland University and was involved in a diverse range of property projects in Auckland and Christchurch prior to joining Vital.

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Georgie HuxleyAsset Manager

Georgie joined Vital in January 2018 as an Asset Manager. Georgie has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Property and Valuations) from RMIT University and holds a current Agents Representative license for Victoria.

Georgie has nearly a decade of experience in the real estate sector, working across multiple asset classes for both listed and unlisted REIT’s. She held previous roles at Knight Frank and Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust, specialising in property, lease and asset management. Based in Vital’s Melbourne office, Georgie is responsible for the asset management of the Australian portfolio, focusing on key leasing strategies and asset enhancement initiatives.  

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Sophie Benfell-BrinsdenProperty Manager

Sophie joined Vital in November 2017 and has over 5 years’ experience in property management. She has a Bachelor of Property from Auckland University and has previously managed commercial office buildings, industrial properties, suburban shopping and healthcare centres. Sophie is responsible for the property management and day-day to day operations of the New Zealand portfolio.

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