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Abbeyfield Properties Ltd

Abbeyfield Properties Ltd (APL) is the entity which owns and develops Abbeyfield houses and provides strong asset management support for local Societies.

APL began as Abbeyfield Partnerships Ltd, incorporated in 2003, and after a restructure, was renamed Abbeyfield Properties Ltd in September 2014. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbeyfield NZ Inc and shares its mission, policies and strategic direction. APL is a registered New Zealand charity.

Meet the directors

Chairman, Graeme Roberts, MA (Hons), Dip TP, MNZPI

Graeme is an independent director of Abbeyfield Properties Ltd. He is a widely experienced land use planner and project manager with over 30 years’ working experience.
Graeme is currently serving as Technical Director, Planning for Beca Ltd. He leads teams of planners and other professionals on a range of domestic and international planning and other projects. He has a specific mandate to assist with the development of the Beca Group’s project portfolio in the Pacific Islands and projects for the major multi- and bi-lateral lending and development agencies.

Terry Foster, BA, MTP

Terry has over 45 years of experience in social housing with government and in the private and not for profit sector. He has a town planning background and experience in urban renewal, residential housing design and development and related project management. Now retired, he has also worked part time for the NZ Housing Foundation as a project manager.
He is secretary of Abbeyfield Auckland Inc, and was formerly chair. He is a life member of Abbeyfield New Zealand and in 2022 he received the Royal Patron’s Award for international Abbeyfield volunteers,

Barry Mills

Barry was manager of the Air Force Retirement Village in Perth until his own retirement. The village houses over 400 residents in 241 units, included a 40 bed nursing home, 60 bed hostel and 4 motel units. Barry is currently Chair of Abbeyfield Nelson which manages two Abbeyfield houses in Nelson. He has acted as house manager and property manager for each property at different times.

Steve Gray, BArch, Dip Business (Mktg)

Steve Gray is a registered architect who recently retired as a principal of Beca Architects. During his 40-year career he led teams on a diverse range of projects in New Zealand, Australia and Asia, including transport terminals, defence facilities, warehouses and commercial projects. Steve’s areas of expertise include design management and the preparation of pre-purchase due diligence reports. He is currently a member of the Freemans Park Body Corporate committee, which administers a 201 residential unit body corporate in Freemans Bay, Auckland. He is also on the board of the Mansion House Foundation, which supports the Department of Conservation with projects at Mansion House on Kawau Island.

Tom Clisby BE (Hons)

Tom has 45 years of experience in engineering, project management and construction. He is an experienced Project Director in a wide variety of commercial and residential sectors including $3 billion residential earthquake rebuild. Tom has held executive and governance project roles with expertise in project strategy, planning and implementation, financial, quality and audit & risk management. He is currently involved as project manager in a major development project in Christchurch.

Until recently, Tom was a long-serving member of the Abbeyfield Christchurch committee and guided the committee through the development of the Hornby project. His expertise was crucial as the project has negotiated earthquake-caused delays, council regulatory and compliance issues and funding hurdles.

David Burt, BA (Hons), Dip TP, Dip Bus Admin

David is an independent director of Abbeyfield Properties Ltd. He is a focused senior manager with extensive experience in creating and delivering innovative policy initiatives and high profile events in the tourism and community sectors both within New Zealand and internationally.
David is currently Manager Events for Auckland City Council. He has been responsible, in this and in his former role with Tourism New Zealand, for contributing to significant growth in New Zealand tourism.

Kevin Peterson, CA

Kevin is an independent director of Abbeyfield Properties Ltd. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years’ experience both locally and internationally with major accounting firms and other local businesses. He has previously owned and operated one of the largest retail franchise operations in New Zealand with over 160 outlets. Kevin is currently working as an Independent Business Consultant from his base in Queenstown and specialises in providing financial advice and business planning principally with small to medium sized enterprises. He is very active in the local community and is a long serving committee member of Millbrook Country Club.

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