About us


Founded in 1962, CHT Healthcare Trust is a leading provider of residential aged care in the North Island. We offer continuing and respite care in quality rest home, hospital and dementia care facilities staffed by dedicated, professional teams that reflect a sense of home for our residents.

We are an independent charitable trust.

Originally known as Christian Hospital Trust Board, our name first changed to Christian Healthcare Trust in 1997 then refined to CHT Healthcare Trust in 2012 to reflect the evolving diversity of our staff, residents and management, yet the original values of care, comfort and compassion remain.

As an independent healthcare trust, we are with the ability to focus all energy and resources into caring for residents, their families and communities, continually reinvesting all surpluses back into our facilities and services.

Staff in every location are fully committed to supporting residents to retain the highest possible level of personal dignity, integrity and independence with a balance between independence and support, company and privacy.


We are committed to ensuring our residents enjoy their day-to-day life as well as creating an atmosphere where friends and family are warmly welcomed.

  • Delicious and nutritious meals freshly prepared on-site with special care given to cultural or ethnic foods and dietary requirements
  • A wide range of social and recreational activities and programmes, from concerts or quiet pursuits and family/whanau gatherings
  • Carefully-tended outdoor areas and gardens to encourage movement around the grounds
  • Welcoming shared spaces – lounges and dining areas – with a friendly, social atmosphere as well as secluded spaces for quiet individual time
  • Nurses, healthcare assistants and expert therapists work alongside visiting doctors
  • Ongoing commitment to fully understand and continually improve the needs of our residents to provide friendly, safe and compassionate care.
  • Continual improvements in facilities to ensure top quality

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As one of the largest residential aged care providers in New Zealand, CHT Healthcare Trust is always looking for people with a compassionate and positive attitude to join our team. We have a strong commitment to building the skills and abilities of our staff, with excellent training programmes and a pay structure that recognises training and performance.
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Meet Our Managers

L-R: Max Robins, Carol Ropati, Sharmila Devaraj, Liz Webb, Tony McCrystal, Stuart Manning, Stuart Tabuteau


Chief Executive

Max has been Chief Executive of CHT since 1999 and a Board member since 2013. Prior to working for the Trust he was employed as Chief Executive of Taranaki Crown Health Enterprise and Taranaki Area Health Board. Max was appointed Human Resource Manager of Taranaki Area Health Board after working for Olex Cables as Personnel Officer. Max is actively involved in the aged care sector and is currently Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Aged Care Association and a member of the InterRAI New Zealand Governance Board.

Carol Ropati

Area Manager

Carol has worked for CHT since 2008 when she joined the Trust as Quality Manager. She was appointed to the Operation Support Manager position in February 2011 and Area Manager in 2012.

Carol is responsible for CHT Glynavon, CHT Bernadette, CHT Acacia Park and CHT Te Awamutu. Carol is also the Trust’s Quality Manager and Privacy Officer.

Carol is a registered nurse with extensive experience in nurse management and clinical roles. Before joining CHT Carol was Nurse Manager at Pacificare Trust Centre and Hospital. Previous roles included working as a Public Health Nurse and Case mix Educator with Counties Manuaku District Health Board and Clinical lecturer for Manukau Institute of Technology.

Sharmila Devaraj RN BSc Nursing

Area Manager

Sharmila joined CHT Healthcare Trust in December 2010, firstly as a Registered Nurse at CHT St Johns Hospital then moved on to CHT Royal Oak Home as a Clinical Coordinator before becoming Unit Manager. Initially trained as a Registered Nurse in India, Sharmila worked in the area of oncology, particularly bone marrow transplantation, and cardiac intensive care. Sharmila is currently doing post graduate studies, Masters in Nursing Practice (Advance Nursing) at The University of Auckland.

As a newly-appointed Area Manager, Sharmila has been given the role of Quality Manager and Privacy Officer. Sharmila is responsible for CHT St Christophers, CHT Royal Oak, CHT Waiuku and CHT Lansdowne.

Liz Webb RN, Dip. Sc. BSc. (Hons) Health Studies

Area Manager

Liz was appointed as Area Manager in February 2012. She joined CHT in 2006 as manager of St Margaret’s Hospital and Rest Home and was appointed as Operation Support Manager in 2011. Liz is responsible for CHT Onewa, CHT Halldene, CHT St Johns and CHT Amberlea.

Liz trained as a registered Nurse in Walton Hospital Liverpool and has a varied career in the health sector. She arrived in NZ in 1980 to work in neurosciences and subsequently was employed as duty manager at Auckland Public Hospital.
She has experience in general Intensive care, neuro-intensive care, paediatrics general surgery, medicine & sterile services and most recently aged Care.

Tony McCrystal

Property Manager

Tony joined the CHT team in May 2020, where his responsibilities include overseeing the 16 CHT properties, for the Property portfolio, business operations, ongoing refurbishment and developments.

Previously Tony spent twelve years at Kiwi Property as Portfolio Facilities Manager, where he gained a broad and diverse property experience. He has experience in project management, Health and Safety, compliance, lead sustainability opportunities and identifying value initiatives to establish national or regional supply service agreements. Prior to Kiwi Property Tony spent thirteen years at Fisher & Paykel appliances where he started as an Electrical technician but was given the opportunity to lead and coach the self-directed (agile) teams. The application of these skills to empower teams to problem solve and perform at a higher level is a strength that Tony brings to CHT in the recognition that best outcomes are always better when achieved collectively.

Stuart Manning RN, BN, MMgt (Health Management)

Area Manager

Stuart was appointed as an Area Manager in September 2013 and has responsibility for CHT St Margarets, CHT Hillcrest, CHT Peacehaven and CHT Carnavon. Stuart is also responsible for the human resource management function for the Trust.

Stuart is a registered nurse having trained in Cornwall in the UK before moving to New Zealand in 1990. Stuart has extensive clinical and management experience both in New Zealand and abroad, primarily in the areas of oncology, palliative care and community nursing. Stuart was a commissioning project manager in the development of the acute services at Waitakere Hospital and prior to moving to CHT was the national quality manager at ABI Rehabilitation.

Stuart Tabuteau

Chief Financial Officer

Stuart Tabuteau joined CHT as Chief Financial Officer in March 2020. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer of Kiwi Property, NZ’s largest NZX listed property company. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the property, venture capital, funds management and services industries in both the UK and New Zealand, with a focus on delivering positive change by leveraging technology to improve systems and processes and enhance business performance.

Meet the CHT Board of Trustees

Meet the CHT Board of Trustees

From left – Bruce Waldin, Max Robins (Chief Executive), Raewyn Lovett, Lynne Lane, Graeme Edmond (Chairman), Robyn Beguely, Stuart Williams

Bruce Waldin

Bruce is an experienced marketing professional with a focus on strategic marketing and communications development for non-profit organisations. Prior to setting up his own marketing consultancy in 2011, Bruce headed the marketing and communications functions for World Vision New Zealand and Heart Foundation, and served on the Boards of a number of charitable organisations. Before his move to the non-profit sector, Bruce spent 12 years in senior marketing and management roles in the agribusiness sector


Chief Executive

Max has been Chief Executive of CHT since 1999 and a Board member since 2013. Prior to working for the Trust he was employed as Chief Executive of Taranaki Crown Health Enterprise and Taranaki Area Health Board. Max was appointed Human Resource Manager of Taranaki Area Health Board after working for Olex Cables as Personnel Officer. Max is actively involved in the aged care sector and is currently Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Aged Care Association and a member of the InterRAI New Zealand Governance Board.

Raewyn Lovett ONZM

Raewyn Lovett is a partner of national law firm Duncan Cotterill, specialising in corporate, commercial and employment law.

Raewyn is also an experienced director and is the Chair of Aktive Auckland Sport and Recreation, Chair of Quotable Value Limited, Chair of Dunedin Venues Management Limited and a trustee of Medicine Mondiale.

Graeme Edmond


Graeme’s career in the health sector in the UK and in New Zealand includes holding CEO and MD positions in the international pharmaceutical industry, with Midland Regional Health Authority and Auckland District Health Board as well as  Managing Director of Specsavers NZ Ltd.

Graeme is an experienced company director, having held directorships in New Zealand and internationally in both private and publically listed companies.

Dr Lynne Lane

Former Mental Health Commissioner at the Health and Disability Commission, Dr Lynne Lane has held a number of senior positions within the Public Sector, including Chair Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission, Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Health and Acting Chief Executive of the Central RHA.

In the private sector Dr Lane owned and developed an innovative and financially successful general practice before specialising in Public Health Medicine. Since specialising, she established and managed a multi-million dollar company which achieved the goal of significantly reducing the costs of medicines in New Zealand.

She has also undertaken a wide range of consulting assignments for Government funded organisations, the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, NGOs, and private companies.

Dr Lane is currently a Management Consultant to ACC, and holds several directorships, including Board Member of Healthcare Holdings Limited, Managing Director of Affordable Healthcare and Zygal International Limited, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Turanga for Research into Tobacco Control, University of Auckland.

Robyn Beguely

Robyn has over 25 years senior Human Resource Management experience working for Fisher and Paykel Ltd, Auckland District Health Board and NZ Dairy Foods Ltd. Originally she qualified as a Registered Nurse with experience in both the UK and New Zealand.

Businesspeople Ltd, a Human Resource consultancy business, was founded by Robyn in 2007, where she works closely with small to medium sized companies in the “for profit” and “not for profit” sectors.

Stuart Williams

Stuart Williams is a Chartered Accountant by training and is currently the Head of Equities for Nikko Asset Management New Zealand Limited. He has worked across all disciplines of investment management for 19 years and for the last nine years he has worked in the equities area performing analysis on companies listed on both the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges.

In addition to his general stock research responsibilities, he has been the primary analyst for the healthcare sector in Australasia, the primary analyst for the aged care sector in Australasia and a portfolio manager for various investments funds. He has previously held board positions for both Cycling NZ and Bike NZ.