Our leadership team


The Summerset leadership team works closely with the Board of Directors to implement the strategic direction of our company. They’re also responsible for day-to-day business operations.


Scott Scoullar - Will WrightFay FrenchAaron SmailDean TallentireEleanor Young - Kay Brodie - Chris Lokum - Stewart Scott

Scott Scoullar

Chief Executive Officer | CA, FCPA, BCA

Scott has overall responsibility for Summerset and is focused on developing and operating vibrant villages, and ensuring that respect for our customers is always at the core of everything we do.

Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2021, Scott was Summerset's Chief Financial Officer after joining Summerset in 2014.

Before joining Summerset, Scott held CFO roles at Housing New Zealand and Inland Revenue.

Scott was named CFO of the Year at the New Zealand CFO Summit Awards in 2019 and was NZICA’s Public Sector CFO of the Year in 2011. Scott is also a Fellow of CPA Australia, and a CPA New Zealand Council Board Member.

Will Wright

Chief Financial Officer | MBA (Hons.), PGDip BusAdmin, BA (Eco), DipPOM, DipGM

Will is our Chief Financial Officer and GM Corporate Services.

He is responsible for Finance and Corporate Services including IT, Legal, Property and the Project Management Office.

Before joining Summerset in 2021, Will was Chief Financial Officer of the Building Products division at Fletcher Building. He has previously been Fletcher Building’s General Manager Strategy and Portfolio, and Chief Financial Officer of the Residential & Land Development division. Prior to his roles at Fletcher Building, Will held various roles in corporate finance.

He holds an MBA from the University of Auckland, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Auckland Business School, and an Economics degree from the University of New South Wales.

Fay French

General Manager Sales | RNZcmpN

Fay leads our national sales team and can be found at Summerset's Wellington office or at one of our many New Zealand villages.

Fay has a breadth of experience across sales, hospitality and the health sector. Prior to joining Summerset in 2015, she held a sales leadership role at a leading New Zealand e-commerce platform where she was responsible for leading a team of business development managers.

Trained as a registered nurse, Fay has worked in various nursing roles and medical sales for Roche Pharmaceuticals.

Aaron Smail

General Manager Development | BE (Civil), BBS

Aaron leads Summerset’s development team in New Zealand, covering site acquisitions, project feasibilities, consents, and design for villages.

Previous roles in his 25 plus years of property and development experience include senior positions at Todd Property Group and Kiwi Property.

Aaron has been with Summerset since 2015.

Dean Tallentire

General Manager Construction | BSc (Hons), HND, RICS

Dean leads our procurement, cost management, construction management and administration support teams in the construction team.

Dean has extensive construction and development experience and has led teams in the public and private sectors within developer and main contractor environments.

Dean has been with Summerset since 2015.

Eleanor Young

General Manager Operations and Customer Experience | BSc (Hons)

Eleanor oversees the operational performance across all Summerset villages. Her focus on service experience and delivery ensures Summerset’s residents receive the highest quality facilities and care. 

Before joining Summerset in 2016, Eleanor held senior roles at Inland Revenue. This included four years as the Group Manager of Customer Services, managing over 2,000 staff across New Zealand to deliver services to customers. 

Eleanor has a background in human resources within both the public and private sector, having worked in managerial roles for the Ministry of Social Development, Mighty River Power and Air New Zealand.

Kay Brodie

General Manager Marketing and Communications | BCA, BSc

Kay joined Summerset in 2018 and is responsible for leading the marketing and communications team based in the Wellington office.

Her marketing and advertising experience has been gained over 25 plus years across a range of industries including retail, loyalty programmes, government and insurance; both within advertising agencies and client organisations.

Chris Lokum

General Manager People & Culture | GAID, BMS, DipSocSci

Chris leads Summerset’s People & Culture team responsible for recruitment, training, Health & Safety, organisational development and more.

Joining Summerset in 2023 after roles in the public and private sector in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, including senior positions at BP and Waka Kotahi, Chris brings a breadth of experience across Human Resources with over 25 years delivering organisational efficiency, increasing organisational capability and providing strategic leadership.

Chris has qualifications in human resources, economics, management and psychology. She has completed executive programmes at Michigan and Cornell Universities and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Stewart Scott

General Manager Development – Australia | Masters Property (UNSW) BLArch (UNSW)

Stewart leads Summerset’s development activities in Australia including feasibilities, approvals, design and construction. Stewart has over 25 years’ experience in the property and development industry. He has previously held senior executive positions in development, sales and operations within aged care and retirement sector.