Our Board

The board comprises five highly qualified directors based in Auckland, Toronto and Melbourne, three of whom are independent. Their executive experience includes healthcare, property, legal and finance.

Graham Stuart - Independent Chairman & Member of the Audit Committee 

Graham Stuart is an experienced corporate director with an established track record of performance in governance and in prior executive roles. He is currently the Independent Chairman of EROAD Limited and an Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Tower. He was previously the CEO of Sealord Group from 2007 to 2014 and Director, Strategy and Growth and CFO of Fonterra Co-operative Group from 2001 to 2007.

Graham is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ) and a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Graham has a Masters of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago.


Bernard Crotty - Director & Member of the Audit Committee 

Bernard Crotty is the President and a Trustee of NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT and The Chairman of the Manager of Vital Healthcare Property Trust and previously served as President and Trustee of NorthWest International Healthcare Properties REIT.

Previously, Bernard acted as Chairman and/or Chief Executive Officer of Certicom Corp., a provider of cryptographic software and services that was acquired by the then Research in Motion Ltd. And Chairman and/or Chief Executive Officer of Comnetix Inc., a provider of biometric identification and authorization solutions that was acquired by L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc.

In addition Bernard has served on a variety of public company boards and was counsel to the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles and a partner at the law firm McCarthy Tétrault, LLP in Toronto and London, England.

Bernard received his B.A. from the University of Alberta, LL.B. from the University of Toronto, LL.M. from the London School of Economics and his M.B.A. from Duke University. He is also a graduate of the Toronto ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.


Paul Dalla Lana - Director & Member of the Audit Committee 

Paul Dalla Lana is the founder and CEO of NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT – the 100% owner of NorthWest Healthcare Properties Management Limited, the Manager of Vital Healthcare Property Trust. Over the past 24 years, Paul has led NorthWest in the acquisition and development of over $3.0 billion worth of real estate transactions, with a significant focus on healthcare properties.

Prior to founding NorthWest, Paul was a professional in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group of Citibank, N.A. and an economist with B.C. Central Credit Union. Paul received his BA (Economics) and his MBA (Finance and Real Estate) from The University of British Columbia.

Paul serves as Chairman of the Board of NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT. Additionally, he is actively involved in addressing public health and education issues in Canada and around the world. He is an Advisory Board member of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and on the President’s Advisory Council at the University of Toronto.


Andrew Evans - Independent Director & Member of the Audit Committee 

Andrew Evans has over 25 years’ experience in commercial real estate and asset management, previously holding executive positions in listed and unlisted real estate investment businesses.

Andrew is a Director of Holmes Group Limited, Holmes GP Fire Limited, Trust Investments Management Limited and Hughes and Cossar Group Holdings Limited.

In addition, Andrew is a past National President of the Property Council of New Zealand, a fellow of the New Zealand Property Institute, a government appointee to the Land Valuation Tribunal (Waikato No.1) and a Trustee of the Marist Brothers Old Boys Rugby Charitable Trust. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and is on the Auckland Branch Committee.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Business Studies and MBA (with distinctions) from Massey University and a Diploma in Finance from Auckland University.


Dr Michael Stanford - Independent Director & Chair of the Audit Committee 

Dr Stanford was recently a director of Healthscope, Australia’s second largest hospital group, until it was acquired and delisted from the ASX in June 2019. He is currently a director of Virtus Health (ASX: VRT), the market leading provider of assisted reproductive services in Australia, Ireland and Singapore, and Nucleus Networks, Australia’s largest Phase I clinical research organisation.

Previously, Dr Stanford was the Group CEO of St John of God Health Care, one of Australia’s largest Catholic not-for-profit healthcare organisations with facilities across Australia, New Zealand and East Timor. In that role he grew the organisation through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, as well as brownfield and greenfield hospital projects. Prior to this, Dr Stanford was the Managing Director of Australian Hospital Care Ltd, a publicly listed private hospital operator and held Managing Director roles in several significant public hospital networks.

Dr Stanford holds an MBA from Macquarie University and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.