Industry Practitioner Lecturers

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Mr David Lane, Chairman, ThomsonAdsett, Australia

David Lane

As one of Australia’s best-known architectural specialists in the Elderly Care industry, David has worked on major domestic projects across private, public and charitable sectors. He has directed work on significant international projects located in Asia, United Kingdom, Canada, and USA. He has been instrumental in developing ThomsonAdsett’s reputation as a Specialist Consultancy Practice through the expansion of Retirement and Aged Care divisions in key growth markets around Australia.  

Mr Arthur Koumoukelis, Partner, Dentons Australia (Formerly Gadens), Australia

Arthur Koumoukelis

Arthur is a partner of Dentons (formerly Gadens Sydney) and has been with the firm since 1989. He holds degrees in Commerce (Accounting and Information Systems) and Law and a Masters of Law and is a public notary. Arthur has specialist knowledge and practice in the aged care and retirement village industries and heads Denton’s national and Sydney aged care and retirement village practice. He also leads the not for profit and tax areas of the firm. His practice centres on advising operators on all aspects of the regulatory framework, contracts, commercial structures, mergers and acquisitions and disputes to the industries. He is a regular presenter to boards of operators and providers and industry associations. Arthur has been the primary adviser to major projects in Australia including Mark Moran Vaucluse and Harbord Diggers Freshwater. He has developed a specialist aged care loan product with La Trobe Financial Services. 

Dr Nart Fongsmut, M.D, Board Member, Sawangkanives Home for Elderly by the Thai Red Cross, Thailand 

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Dr Nart graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and from the Graduate School of Management, Boston University, USA. She was the Project Manager of Thailand's first comprehensive retirement home “Sawangkanives” by the Thai Red Cross Society during 2010-2014. She was also a member of the development team for the comprehensive Aged Care Center “Sor Tor” at Chulalongkorn Hospital, Bangkok during 2012-2014. Currently she is a member of the board for the development of housing for elderly in Thailand under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. She is also the medical director of Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Thailand.

Ms Julie Ockerby, Creative Director, Meli Studio, Australia

Julie Ockerby

With more than 15 years of experience, Julie has worked with some of the most innovative designers and hoteliers from around the world and has been a leader in translating this experience into the residential and broader commercial arenas. Julie’s background in the health sciences, boutique hotels and designing avant-garde and functional commercial spaces, has enabled Julie to be one of the pioneers in cutting edge interior architecture and design in the Aged Care and Retirement Living space. Combining home-like features together with functional aesthetics, enables Meli Studio’s client to consistently achieve their goals. Julie is the Creative Director and Principal of Meli Studio. She leads all projects within the Aged Care and the Retirement Living portfolio. It is a personal passion of Julie’s to reinvigorate all spectrums of Aged Care Living in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Mr Patrick Ong, Principal, ThomsonAdsett, Australia

Patrick Ong

Patrick Ong is a principal at ThomsonAdsett, a specialist architectural practice in Australia with over 40 years experience in the seniors living industry. ThomsonAdsett invests heavily in research and development to ensure awareness of latest trends and developments within this industry. As a result, it has delivered innovative models in care provision, services delivery and aptly targeted lifestyle products. Patrick Ong is an architect with over 25 years experience, has been at ThomsonAdsett for the past 10 and is a key contributor to the firm's research and development programmes. He has worked on seniors living projects in Australia and, more recently, China. He has designed retirement lifestyle projects in collaboration with other specialist consultants to deliver buildings which are accompanied by marketing strategies, financial models and operational models suited to a client's brand. Majority of these projects exceed average sales expectations. He is well recognised as one of the leading seniors living architects in this region and has been a keynote speaker at various seniors living conferences throughout Australia, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and China.

Associate Professor Dr Siwaporn Chankrachang, Founder & MD, Villa Mee Suk Residences, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Dr Siwaporn

Dr Siwaporn Chankrachang was the founder of Northern Neurological Center, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, also the long profile as the Deputy, Head of Department of Medicine, Associate Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Dean Academic Consultant of Medical Faculty of Chiang Mai University. In this present, she retired and established the first private nursing home for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia in Chiang Mai, Thailand named: “Baan Mee Suk Nursing Home” with the quote of “OUR CARING ATTENTION PROMOTES HAPPINESS DESPITE FADING MEMORY” and Independent Living named “Villa Mee Suk Residences” with the quote of “LIVE WELL AND PROSPER WITH HAPPINESS”.                 

Mr Tony Bridge, Managing Director, Bridge Advisory Group, Australia

Tony Bridge

Tony has been working with major private and community based organisations in the aged care and seniors living market throughout Australia, China and other parts of the Asia-Pacific Region for over 20 years. Formerly Founding Partner and Chairman of one of Australia’s leading strategic advisory and project management companies, Tony founded Bridge Advisory Group as an advisory company with a specialist focus on this critical sector. In this capacity, Tony and his team bring skills and vast experience to clients through areas such as market analysis to financial modelling with a strong focus on achieving successful projects that are market relevant and financially viable.

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Programme Calendar


Customised training programmes available across 15 countries! Contact Sylwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information. 



Future of assisted living and dementia care

Date: 10-13 September 2018

Country: Germany



Inside Tokyo 1.0 (Introduction)
Kansai Outlook 2.0 (Advanced)
Date: 10-17 October 2018

Country: Japan


The region's most influential roundtable on the business of ageing & launch of Ageing Asia 'Silver Architecture Awards'

Date: 6 December 2018

Country: Hong Kong SAR

 Q1, 2019 

Focus on seniors housing and new developments

Date: Q1, 2019

Country: London

MAY 2019

Celebrating 10 years of transformation in aged care 

Date: 14-15 May 2019

Country: Singapore


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4th Ageing-in-Place Australia Boardroom Masterclass

Seniors Housing & Services: Future of Ageing in Australia
Details: 4 August (Sydney), 6 August (Melbourne), 8 August (Brisbane)

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Australasia Ageing Investment Forum

Evolution of the sector to attract institutional investors & funding
Venue: Intercontinental Sydney Hotel, Sydney Australia
Date: 5-6 March 2014

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