A history of care
and compassion.

Who we are

Vasey’s values are rooted in the legacy of founder Mrs Jessie Vasey, a war widow of Major General George Vasey, and prominent figure in fighting for better conditions for fellow war widows following WWII.

Continuing Jessie's work, Vasey now exists to provide community and a sense of belonging across a range of quality accommodation options, for those over 55 from all backgrounds who desire a friendly, safe, secure and independent retirement lifestyle.

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Our mission is to achieve excellence in providing secure, independent residential accommodation to senior members of the community. 

Our story

Mrs Jessie Vasey, a war widow who lived in near poverty, formed the War Widow’s Guild in Victoria in 1945 to fight for better conditions for war widows and their families. In just two years, the Guild grew to become a national organisation fighting on a range of issues, including housing, which expanded to include support for ex-service personnel and others in need.

Jessie's efforts led to the creation of retirement communities for those in need of housing, which Vasey continue to operate today, in some of Sydney's most desirable locations.

The Kokoda Trail

Long considered the battle that saved Australia, the Kokoda Trail witnessed a vastly outnumbered Australian force bravely resist and defeat an attacking Japanese force north of Port Moresby in 1942.

Kokoda Residences’ inspirational name acknowledges our nation’s security, honouring those who fought to protect it, especially Major General George Vasey, commander of the Australian troops during the World War II battles on the Kokoda Trail.

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Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC Governor of New South Wales Low Res

Our Patron

Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley, AC KC

Along with her appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 1989 and being the first woman to sit exclusively as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, Her Excellency’s personal commitment to education, youth leadership, human rights, and social justice for the people of New South Wales is in absolute unison with our people and community-first goals, values, and vision.

Our Board

Vasey is honoured to have a board of distinguished individuals who are respected leaders across industries such as Law, Property, Engineering, Accounting, and Defence, to advise our organisation. 

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Kate Gunton
BAppSC (Env Des), BArch, MBA, GAICD

Kate Gunton is a management professional with extensive experience in property portfolio management, strategic facility planning and asset management. Combining a degree in…

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Arthur Koumoukelis

Arthur Koumoukelis has been a partner of Thomson Geer lawyers since 2018 in the aged care and retirement village practice area of that firm. Prior to that, Arthur had spent 29…

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Christina Hobbes
GAICD, GradCertCrpFin, BArch, BSc(Arch)

Christina Hobbes has worked as a real estate property developer in senior roles in listed and global companies across portfolios and projects in all stages. Currently Christina…

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John Hutcheson RSL

Colonel John Hutcheson AM ADC (RET’D)
BA, MA, M Def Studies, GAICD

John Hutcheson is a successful leader and senior manager in the public and NFP sectors with extensive experience in strategic and operational planning, policy development,…

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Karl Wood
LLB (Hons), LLM

Karl Wood is a lawyer with over 20 years experience advising on indirect taxes with a specific focus on the property industry.He has held senior positions in both large…

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Kristen Watts

Kristen Watts

Kristen Watts is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Asset Management Assessor with over 20 years demonstrated experience in commercial finance, risk management, asset management…

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Graham Hooper
Chief Executive Officer
BE (Civil), MBA

Graham Hooper was recruited to the role of Vasey CEO in December 2017. He brings significant experience in leading aged care organisations as well as expertise in development and…

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