Our Board

Our Board has overall responsibility for managing the Trust. It is made up of three Independent Directors, two non-Independent Directors and one Exective Director. Directors are chosen for their complementary skills and knowledge. They are committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards and accountability.

Claire Higgins - Chair and Independent Director

Claire Higgins is an Australian based professional Director.  She is the Chair of REI Superannuation Pty Ltd.  Claire is also a Director of Ryman Healthcare Limited, RT Health Fund Ltd, Pancare Foundation Inc and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.  Formerly the Chair of Barwon Health, the Victorian State Emergency Service and the County Fire Authority in Victoria, Claire has also had extensive executive experience with BHP and OneSteel Limited.

Claire's areas of expertise are in governance, accounting, finance, economics and healthcare. Claire has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Economics and Commercial Law) from The University of Melbourne and is a present Fellow at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and the Institute of Public Administration Australia.


Andrew Evans - Independent Director

Andrew Evans has over 25 years’ experience in commercial real estate and asset management, previously holding executive positions in listed and unlisted real estate investment businesses. Andrew is a Director of Argosy Property Limited, Holmes Group Limited, Holmes GP Fire Limited, Trust Investments Management Limited and Hughes and Cossar Group Holdings Limited. In addition, Andrew is a past National President of the Property Council of New Zealand, a fellow of the New Zealand Property Institute, a government appointee to the Land Valuation Tribunal (Waikato No.1) and a Trustee of the Marist Brothers Old Boys Rugby Charitable Trust. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and is on the Auckland Branch Committee.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Business Studies and MBA (with distinctions) from Massey University and a Diploma in Finance from Auckland University.


Graham Stuart - Independent Director 

Graham Stuart is an experienced director, based in Auckland. His current directorships include Chair of NZX listed technology company EROAD Limited and non-executive director of Tower Limited.

Graham has over 30 years’ experience in senior executive and governance roles in New Zealand and internationally. These include the Sealord Group of which he was Chief Executive Officer for 7 years. Prior to that Chief Financial Officer and Director of Strategy for the Fonterra Co-operative Group, Managing Director of Lion Nathan International and CEO of Mainland Products.
Graham has a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Hons) from the University of Otago, a Master of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.


Bernard Crotty - Director

Bernard Crotty is a Trustee of NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT and a Director of Vital Healthcare Management Ltd.

Bernard is a Principal of Silver and White Management, Inc., a private investment firm and from October 2013 until June 2015 was President of NorthWest International Healthcare Properties REIT.

From September 2001 to February 2008, Bernard acted as Chairman and/or Chief Executive Officer of Certicom Corp, a provider of cryptographic software and services that was acquired by Research in Motion Ltd. From January 2004 to February 2007, Bernard acted as Chairman and/or Chief Executive Officer of Comnetix Inc., a provider of biometric identification and authorisation solutions that was acquired by L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc.

In addition, Bernard has served on a variety of public company boards and was counsel to the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles from April 1998 to March 2000. Prior to April 1998, Bernard was a partner at the law firm McCarthy Tétrault, LLP in Toronto and London, England.

Bernard received his B.A. from the University of Alberta, LL.B. from the University of Toronto, LL.M from the London School of Economics, his M.B.A. from Duke University and is also a graduate of the Toronto ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.


Paul Dalla Lana - Director 

Paul Dalla Lana is the founder and CEO of NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT – the 100% owner of Vital Healthcare Management Limited, the Manager of Vital Healthcare Property Trust. Over the past 24 years, Paul has led NorthWest in the acquisition and development of over $3.0 billion worth of real estate transactions, with a significant focus on healthcare properties.

Prior to founding NorthWest, Paul was a professional in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group of Citibank, N.A. and an economist with B.C. Central Credit Union. Paul received his BA (Economics) and his MBA (Finance and Real Estate) from The University of British Columbia.

Paul serves as Chairman of the Board of NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT. Additionally, he is actively involved in addressing public health and education issues in Canada and around the world. He is an Advisory Board member of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and on the President’s Advisory Council at the University of Toronto.


David Carr - Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

David has over 21 years’ experience in property and capital markets including as the Chief Executive of Vital since October 2006.

David has overall accountability for implementing and delivering the Trust’s strategy and for its overall performance. He leads a team of passionate healthcare real estate professionals in New Zealand and Australia.

Vital remains Australasia’s largest listed healthcare real estate investment vehicle with assets of approximately $1.7bn and a market capitalisation of over $950m. During David’s tenure Vital has delivered a ten-year compound annual total return of 13.9%, outperforming both the S&P/NZX All RE Gross Index and the S&P NZX50 Index.