Race for Village Manager of the Year Heats Up

Levande's John Neill and Keyton's Leanne Zannoni join the race for Village Manager of the Year after collecting state Awards for South Australia and Victoria, respectively.

John Neill, who manages Levande’s Somerton Park, Brighton and Fullarton villages, was awarded SA/NT Village Manager of the Year at a Property Council Retirement Living Outlook event in Adelaide recently.

“It is an interesting time for the industry,” John said.

“With a younger group of people looking at retirement living, it will be interesting to see how the industry evolves over the next five to 10 years.”

He added Levande has “fairly ambitious targets ahead and obviously there is the wellbeing side of things and integration of care”.

Leanne Zannoni, who manages Keyton’s Forest Hills Retirement Village in Nunawading, a suburb 18km east of Melbourne’s CBD, said her team at Forest Hills “have been through a journey the past 12 months and there is another big 12 months to come.”

“My journey in retirement living over the past three years has been a short one so far, but a lovely one and I couldn’t have done it without the support of so many people that I have met and who have supported me,”she said.

“Thank you to the Keyton team, we have had a big year, and our executive team has been amazing.

“They have led with heart, supported everyone along the way and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

In the running for the National Village Manager of the Year, John and Leoni will join:

  • Jodie Shelley, ACT/NSW Village Manager of the Year;
  • Leanne Zannoni, VIC/TAS Village Manager of the Year, and
  • Stephen Pether, Queensland Village Manager of the Year,

This year’s national winner will be announced at the National Retirement Living Awards on the Gold Coast in June.

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