One of Western Australia’s leading entrepreneurs, John was named WA’s Young Entrepreneur when he was just twenty and went on to establish and build many successful businesses.
After a successful career in retail, real estate, caravans and manufactured homes, John founded National Lifestyle Villages which has now become WA’s largest lifestyle village operator, servicing over 4500 homeowners.
The recipient of many business and environmental awards, John has been innovating in the early retiree lifestyle sector for over 30 years and continues to work closely with government in developing legislation to benefit consumers in WA.
He is the proud father of two adult children and loves keeping fit so that he can continue to enjoy the company of friends, good food and a beverage or two.
A true stalwart of the industry, John started in Perth’s lifestyle village sector during the early 1990’s, where he worked at Fleetwood Corporation alongside long-time friend and colleague John Wood.
John spent over a decade at Fleetwood Corporation where he undertook a variety of senior roles including Operations Manager within the Homes Division, Manager of the Established Homes Division and CEO of the Caravan Company.
John then joined National Lifestyle Villages Executive Leadership Team as Group Operations Manager, before leaving and starting RGSC Investment Group with John Wood to commence development of the Helena Valley Lifestyle Village. Since then, Helena Valley has grown to be one of the premium lifestyle villages in WA and is widely regarded to be amongst the best in Australia.
With an unsurpassed knowledge of the lifestyle sector, John has also served on the Executive of the Industry Association and has advised government on behalf of the industry.
John is one of the most experienced lifestyle village operators in WA and is perfectly placed to ensure the successful implementation of operations for Providence.
James TurnbullDirector / Finance Advisor
James is an experienced corporate finance professional with a particular interest in helping mid-size private businesses with strategy and growth planning, model development and M&A planning and execution.
Boasting a wealth of experience across advisory, banking, accounting and business, James is a leading corporate financial advisor to Western Australia’s lifestyle village sector. As an advisor to National Lifestyle Villages, James was instrumental in attracting one of the Australian sectors first private equity investments.
A long-suffering Dockers supporter, James is married with two young daughters and tries his best to squeeze in a bit of surfing, diving, or fishing in between family and work.
Brenton DowningDevelopment Manager
Brenton has over 20 years’ experience in property development and is passionate about creating great places for people to live.
With his enviable industry reputation and innovative outlook, Brenton brings significant experience in creating communities of all sizes – whether it be smaller lifestyle villages or large, master planned developments.
Outside of work Brenton enjoys spending time with his family and paddling his surf ski on the river and ocean.
Mark JewellProvidence Lifestyle Coordinator
Mark has over 30 years’ experience in real estate and brings a wealth of experience to Providence, having previously been the licensee of his own boutique agency.
As our ‘go to man’, Mark understands the compliance and regulation requirements and also what is needed for harmony within our villages.
Janine ThomasSales Manager
Janine Thomas has been selling projects right across Perth for over 22 years.
Her interest in property started when she developed her own duplex, triplex and renovation projects until she switched to a full time role selling Apartment Towers off the plan for various developers.
In more recent years she focused on selling Land Estates, Retirement Living and now Lifestyle Resorts with Providence – Piara Waters.
Her role at Piara Waters covers all aspects of the sales process as well as the background detail of interior design and vision for the look and feel of the project.
She grew up on a farm in NZ and emigrated to Perth at age 21. She is a mother of a 12 year old daughter and lives in Salter Point.
Ella WoodSales & Operations Coordinator
Ella Wood has a vast experience in the hospitality field whilst studying Commerce & Events Management. Her creative flare has made her a stand-out with incredible grazing platters via her catering business “Little Bites”.
Her organisational skills make her an integral part of the Piara Waters Providence team as she is easily able to adapt to the ever-changing list of details and items to resolve.
She works closely with Janine in the sales process, as well as the interior design detail of the project – utilising her creativity and practical approach in all aspects.
Her warm personality makes her loved by customers and contractors alike.
She grew up in Bassendean and enjoys music, friends, yoga, cooking and entertaining.