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Garden Village New Board of Directors

Garden Village New Board of Directors Appointed


The Garden Village new Board of Directors was elected on 2 November 2022 with the new Chair of the Board Gary Humphreys position announced. Mr Humphreys has been a non executive director with Garden Village for 3 years and is looking forward to  leading the organisation’s strategic masterplan as we create a trusted and sustainable village where people choose to live, work and thrive.

Mr Humphreys is a full time non-executive director and currently holds board positions in a variety of sectors including banking, government, retail, and charitable organisations. 

He is keen to see the organisation strengthen its’ position as an employer of choice for our 260 employees and continue to amplify the goodwill Garden Village has in the community and beyond. 

“With a key focus on ‘ageing gracefully’ the organistion is already well placed to support locals with the opening of the Garden Village Wellbeing Centre and our significant investment in contemporary independent living apartments,” said Mr Humphreys.

Thanks to outgoing Board Members and chair Andrew Walmsley 

Craig Wearne CEO extended his thanks to the outgoing Board Members who have served the community through significant milestones including the development of The Cascades in 2018 and more recently The Banksia opening earlier this year. Thanks to:

  • Andrew Walmsley, departing Chairperson, (Director 11 years and Chair for 3 years)
  • Murray Turnham (Director 7 years) 
  • Maureen McGovern (Director 2 years)

“Garden Village thanks Andrew, Murray and Maureen for their contribution to the organisation. Their directorship has been instrumental as we have navigated the complexities of building new homes for residents and continuously updating clinical guidelines associated with COVID and Aged Care Quality Reform,” said Mr Wearne. 

Celebrating the opening of The Banksia together in 2022 was a great achievement and heralds a new era for Garden Village,” added Mr Wearne.

Garden Village Board 2022
Murray Turnham, Tim Everson, Neil Porter, Gordon Wicks, Andrew Walmsley, Stuart Goodfellow, Gary Humphreys, Maureen McGovern, Joan Rafferty

Two new board members appointed

Garden Village is pleased to welcome two new Board Directors, Victoria Oakden and Shannon Dawson.
Victoria is the Director of Oakden Enterprises, an innovative small business providing specialist advice and services. Her passion lies in the community, disability and aged care sectors. Shannon is an experienced senior executive with a comprehensive history of strategic and operational leadership in law, governance, compliance, risk and human capital.

 “Ensuring quality essential services are available and accessible to the ageing and vulnerable members of our community is a shared responsibility. I am incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to providing meaningful and positive outcomes for Garden Village’s residents, clients, employees and their loved ones through the sustainable delivery of quality care and services,” said Shannon.

Five returning Board Directors include Joan Rafferty, Neil Porter, Tim Everson, Stuart Goodfellow and Gordon Wicks. 

New Garden Village Board 2023

Gary Humphreys, Tim Everson, Neil Porter, Gordon Wicks, Stuart Goodfellow, Victoria Oakden, Front – Shannon Dawson and Joan Rafferty

The future ahead

New reforms will be taking place across the Residential Aged Care and Home Care sectors in 2023/24. Guided by the Board of Directors and a strong management team Garden Village is well positioned to support the community through the changes to ensure access to quality support for all. The reforms prompted by the recommendations for the Royal Commission into Aged Care are welcomed by Garden Village as positive steps to ensure excellence in service delivery. Garden Village consistently works alongside the community to meet the needs of local people as they age.

In recent times we have also:

  • Embraced community care including Home Care and NDIS to extend our services to older people living in the community and over 18’s with disabilities.
  • Created partnerships to deliver upgrades to residences for 21st-century living
  • Looked to the future for innovative ways to meet the needs of the community

As a registered not for profit organisation our responsibility to care for the people of the Greater Port Macquarie region is where we do our greatest good. Our team shares the same goal – to provide high quality, person centred inclusive support for daily living.


Located in Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid North Coast, Garden Village is a leading Retirement Living, Aged Care, Disability and Home Care Service. As a registered not for profit we’ve provided care services to the community for over 40 years.

For more than 40 years, Garden Village has provided homes, care and support for ageing Australians on the land of the Birpai people. We pay our respects to all First Nations Ancestors, Elders and People in our community and throughout Australia. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country, and their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community.

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