presents LEADERS SUMMIT 2018

"New business models, new business practices in village & care"

Hilton Sydney

Welcome to the LEADERS SUMMIT 2018

Each March we present two days to take ‘time out’ to focus on the business of village communities, aged care and home care. We review the business landscape: the successes, failures, challenges and opportunities plus provide an unrivalled networking environment.

New ‘care’ business models

Consumer demand for retirement communities is rapidly changing with the traditional property models under multiple threats with emerging care models:

  • new accommodation models
  • new services models
  • new digital models
  • new social services models
  • new funding restrictions without ‘care’
  • new resident advocacy demanding ‘care’ responsibility to name a few.

In just three years ‘care’ has become a fundamental ingredient in the village community value proposition, whether it is a retirement village, land lease community or a rental village.

29 speakers

Next March we present 29 leading executives from here and overseas who we have identified are at the forefront of their village & care specialisation and by their actions are shaping our sectors.
Each speaker delivers a rich and concise 20 minute review of their business strategy and execution in a collegiate effort to allow you to compare and adjust your business for the short and medium term market.

Comprehensive program

The ‘care’ and village business silos covered include:

  • Finance
  • Government & advocacy
  • Home care
  • Legal issues
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • New business models
  • New design models
  • Property & valuations
  • Staffing / Workforce
  • Technology


The program is designed with longer coffee breaks and full sit down meals to allow you to meet colleagues and build connections. Our ‘hatted dinners’ provide genuine quality time to share knowledge.
Please join us and invest in some ‘time out’ at our LEADERS SUMMIT 2018.

Christopher Baynes
The SOURCE and DoComeMonday Media Group

About the LEADERS SUMMIT 2018

"New business models, new business practices in village & care"


  • LEADER SUMMITS have been presented by DoComeMonday Media Group since 2010
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 sold out – limit of 470 delegates in 2018
  • Each SUMMIT is a business focused meeting designed to assist delegates in their strategy development looking forward one to three years
  • 2018 will focus on New business models, new business practices in village & care

Some of the challenges:

  • Villages without a ‘care’ strategy are witnessing dwindling demand
  • Rejuvenation of 20+ year old villages is stalled by consumer and media advocacy
  • Vertical villages are working but banks are reluctant to fund them
  • Refundable deposits and legislated buybacks are killing private development
  • Government is promoting ‘stay in your own home’
  • Customers are seeking tailored solutions beyond property and accommodation
  • Operators are learning to create new value that can generate new income in a marginal business
  • The market penetration of traditional retirement villages is rapidly declining

Some of the opportunities:

  • Demand far exceeds supply of retirement living stock of homes
  • Emerging ‘Pre Baby Boomers’ are prepared to pay more for ‘new’ village models
  • Residential home price growth supports higher priced new models
  • Home care services delivered in to villages goes mainstream
  • Not For Profit /Private partnerships increasing
  • Vertical villages with medical/care hubs emerging
  • New players innovating in care and affordable housing

The LEADERS SUMMIT in March 2018 is the perfect strategic platform.

"New business models, new business practices in village & care"


2020 is just 24 months away.
Government intervention with CDC, NDIS and ACFI reductions is creating massive income opportunities but also great uncertainty. Rapidly changing consumer sentiment and accelerated digital ‘disruption’ are challenging existing business models and creating new business competitors and opportunities.


    With 29 speakers across LLCs, retirement villages, Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, home care and residential aged care, delegates will be thoroughly briefed on the seniors accommodation landscape out to 2020.


    The LEADERS SUMMIT is a rare forum where delegates can hear and meet the decision makers for leading NFP and private operators, reflecting the emergence of partnerships and mutual policy aspirations.


    Each year the LEADERS SUMMIT identifies the new business models and new business practices that are expanding, not stalling.

Leaders Summit audience

Previous speakers at the LEADERS SUMMIT


Andrew Denton
Go Gentle Australia
Penelope Lyons
Partner, MinterEllison
David Panter
Chief Executive, ECH
Sandra Black
Chief Customer Officer, Uniting
Nick Loudon
MD - Seasons Private Aged Care
CEO - Envigor Private Home Care


Debbie McClure
Group Sales Manager, Ryman Healthcare
Derek McMillan
CEO, Australian Unity Independent & Assisted Living
Greg Paramor AO
Managing Director, Folkestone
Greg Pullen
Chief Executive Officer, Villa Maria Catholic Homes
Alison Quinn
CEO, RetireAustralia


Michael Eggington
CEO, lendlease Retirement
Valerie Lyons
CEO, Uniting AgeWell
Chas Jacobsen
CEO, Village Glen
Anna Learmonth
GM, Sales, Stockland Retirement
Rob Levison
Chairman, Eureka


Gary Barnier
CEO, Opal
Robyn Batten
CEO, Blue Care
Geoff Grady
CEO, Aveo
Richard Gates
Head, Corporate Health, ANZ
Marcus Darville
Director, Quandrant/Estia

29 Leading Speakers

LEADERS SUMMIT speakers are all operational executives at the Chairman, CEO or Group leadership level. Each delivers a 20 minute, focused and informative presentation on their business and their market. Tight, informative, relevant and actionable information.

Networking Events

The LEADERS SUMMIT is the Premier networking event for senior executives in the seniors accommodation and aged care sector. Specially designed coffee breaks, seated lunches and now famous ‘hatted restaurant’ dinners deliver a premium networking environment.

Business Focus

The LEADERS SUMMIT is a business forum focused on the issues of tomorrow and the strategies being implemented by leading organisations today. The SUMMIT is a collegiate environment discussing real challenges and real solutions for businesses and the sector.

What people say about the LEADERS SUMMIT

“Great turnout and format.”
Alison Quinn
CEO, RetireAustralia

“Thanks once again for the conference, definitely a highlight!”
Michael Lockwood
Head of Property Development, Catholic Healthcare Ltd

“The LEADERS SUMMIT was jam packed full of so much great stuff.”
Anna Learmonth
General Manager Sales and Legal Administration, Stockland Retirement Living

“Congratulations and thank you for organising a very valuable SUMMIT. I look forward to next year.“
Robyn O'Rourke
Director Strategic Communications and Seniors’ Housing, Blue Care

“Just a quick email to thank you for the educational and networking opportunities at the conference. Well done.”
Paul Burkett
Chief Executive Officer, Baldwin Care Group
Hilton Hotel Sydney

Beyond expectations...

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Hilton Sydney is superbly located right in the heart of the city, with magnificent views and convenient access to Sydney's favourite attractions.

488 George Street, Sydney
  • Only barista coffee served
  • Seated restaurant lunches
  • Premium seating configuration
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  • Exclusive networking dinner, Thursday 15th March 2018
  • Average of 20-30 delegates at each venue
  • Some of Sydney's finest hatted restaurants

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We are pleased to advise that there is a special conference rate of $379 (14th March 2018) and $359 (15th March 2018) per room per night for LEADERS SUMMIT 2018 delegates. You will be able to secure your accommodation when registration opens.
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  • "The conference was well worth attending and I would recommend it highly to colleagues."

    Maria Davison, General Manager Home Care and Housing, Amana Living

  • "Another excellent summit."

    Simon Fee, UnitingCare Harrison

  • "An excellent conference. Top quality speakers. Keen audience of heavy hitters."

    James Underwood, Director, James Underwood & Associates Pty Ltd

  • “I had such a great and connected with lots of great people…..thanks. Loved the speakers."

    Debbie McClure, Group Sales Manager, Ryman Healthcare

  • "I wanted to thank you and congratulate your team on an excellent conference."

    Peter Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Noetic Group

  • "It was a fantastic conference - the conversation amongst delegates was excellent and the speakers were informative, thought provoking and entertaining. I will definitely be signing up for next year!"

    Celia Campbell, Marketing & HR, Renaissance Retirement Living

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