Executive Management

Earl Gasparich

Chief Executive Officer

BCom, LLB (Hons), FCA (Chartered Accountants New Zealand & Australia)


Earl joined Oceania as CEO in 2014 and has previous experience in the retirement village sector in the role of Chief Financial Officer of Qualcare. 


Over the past 15 years, Earl has held three executive management positions in service-based companies and has a proven track record of creating stakeholder value through leadership, cultural change, and sustained growth underpinned by a very strong work ethic.


Earl is a qualified Lawyer and Chartered Accountant, and was awarded Fellowship status from the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2014. He also volunteers on the Boards of a number of charities, providing necessary governance and a significant contribution to the strategic direction of organisations involved in the provision of community services.


Matthew Ward

Chief Financial Officer

BCom, LLB, CFA Charterholder


Matt was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2009 and has over 10 years of experience in the aged care and retirement industry.


Prior to joining Oceania, Matt spent three years working in the MIRA team dedicated to Oceania that completed the various mergers and acquisitions that formed Oceania. Matt also had prior roles at ANZ Bank and Buddle Findlay.


Jill Birch 

General Manager Sales, Marketing and Villages



Jill Birch joined Oceania in February 2014. She has 25 years marketing, sales and general management experience working with brands such as KFC, DB Breweries and Sky City Entertainment Group. Jill played a key directional role in the development of large projects (including the building of the Grand Hotel and Convention Centre in Auckland) during her ten years at Sky City.


Barbara Sangster

General Manager Nursing & Risk



Barbara was appointed as General Manager Aged Care in 2012, following over three years leading the Clinical and Quality team at Oceania. Barbara is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years nursing and management experience in the public sector (Counties Manukau DHB) and aged care sector. 


Mark Stockton

General Manager Property

MCIOB (Member of the Chartered Institute of Building UK), NZIOB (Member of the NZ Institute of Building), Licensed Building Practitioner 


Mark was appointed as General Manager Property in 2014. He has over 30 years of construction project and development management experience, was previously GM Development for Qualcare and has been involved in the aged care sector since 2005. Mark is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building in the UK, a member of the New Zealand Institute of Building and a Licensed Building Practitioner.


Anna Thorburn

General Counsel & Company Secretary

BA, LLB (Hons)


Anna joined Oceania in 2012. She has over 15 years legal experience and previously worked as a senior solicitor at Russell McVeagh where she was involved in the acquisition of the businesses that subsequently formed Oceania. 



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