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About Us

Burlington is a fully owned subsidiary of Qestral Corporation Limited. Our team is dedicated, caring and reliable. Our shareholders and Board of Directors are at the forefront of the aged care sector in New Zealand.

The Qestral Corporation Limited Board has high level financial expertise to safeguard the funds and resources of the village, as well as the resident’s interests, and has over 25 years’ experience in aged care.

We have been integral in setting education and care standards for aged care facilities throughout the country.

Shareholders and Directors



John Ryder  M.Com (Hons), FCA, CMA

Executive Chairman

John is a chartered accountant, cost and management accountant, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Accountants, and was joint founder and joint Managing Director (for 18 years) of listed company Ryman Healthcare. He was a national executive member of both the NZ Aged Care Association and the NZ Retirement Villages Association, and was the 3rd person to be elected to the Australasian Housing Hall of Fame, for... his outstanding contribution to the development of the Seniors Housing Industry in New Zealand. John has written a book: Global Investing – a Guide for New Zealanders. He has been a director of three listed public companies and is Chairman of Nelson based company, New Zealand King Salmon. In 2021 John was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame

Simon O’Dowd

Managing Director

Simon has been the National President of the NZ Aged Care Association for over 20 years – which has as members around 80% of the employers in the overall New Zealand aged care sector. He is also on the board of the Retirement Villages Association. Simon has been actively involved in representing the sector on most of the major government and industry study groups, including the ARRC negotiations with district health boards, and was a founder and trustee of NZQA education provider Health Ed Trust (Inc). Simon has owned and managed care facilities for over 25 years.
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Jeremy O’Dowd


Jeremy has worked in the aged care industry for 25 years, and has a leading role in the day to day operations. He is the director in charge of sales and marketing and the director managing the master planning and design of villages and facilities. He takes a keen interest in the aesthetic and architectural characteristics of villages and resorts across the country.

Wendy Fleming RGON, CRSNZ


Wendy is a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Honorary Vice President of Alzheimer’s Disease International (representing over 90 countries), a life member of Alzheimers New Zealand, the current Chairperson of Alzheimers New Zealand Charitable Trust, Patron of Dementia Canterbury, an advisory board member of the Centre of Brain Research and a member of the Governance Board of Brain Research New Zealand (CoRE).

She is also a registered nurse.

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Ross George LLB


Ross George is the Managing Director of Direct Capital, New Zealand’s leading private equity fund, founded in 1994.  Direct Capital invests in Australian and New Zealand private companies, providing capital to grow and continue creating value, and has invested in over 70 companies in New Zealand and Australia.

Ross has been involved in the private equity and venture capital industry in Asia, Australia and New Zealand since 1987.  He played a key role in establishing the private equity industry in New Zealand and was a driver behind the formation of the New Zealand Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.  Ross has been involved as an investor and director in many private companies. In addition to Qestral, he is also a director of Bayleys, Fishpond, Perpetual Guardian and Beca.

Kerry Mason FNZIA


Kerry is a registered architect and a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. He was a founding partner of Christchurch architectural firm +MAP and was previously Managing Director of Warren and Mahoney. Kerry has won a wide range of awards for residential, resort and commercial buildings and is highly respected for his design skills. Qestral’s modus operandi is to provide residents with individuality and flare in their houses, apartments and care facilities and Kerry’s appointment to the Board signifies the importance the company places on innovative design.

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John Strowger LLB


John Strowger is a senior partner in Chapman Tripp, Auckland, specialising in corporate, contract and securities law, mergers and acquisitions.  He has also been at the legal forefront of the private equity investment industry in New Zealand. John was named NZ Deal Maker of the Year at the 2017 Australasian Law Awards. He is a director of listed company Skellerup.

Standards of Care and Aged Care Education 

John Ryder, Simon O’Dowd and Wendy Fleming (all directors of Qestral) founded Health Ed Trust NZ (Inc.) in 1997, which is a charitable education trust operating on behalf of the aged care sector. The trust was the dominant private training establishment for aged care in New Zealand for nearly 20 years, used by around 60% of the industry (about 500 facilities nationwide) and there have been over 25,000 student graduates to its NZQA approved care courses (the trust merged with the industry training organisation, Careerforce, in 2016).