GERALD MAJOR – Director
Gerald Major FAPI Diploma of Valuation and Advanced Certificate of Business (Real Estate) is a certified Practicing Valuer (Licensed Valuer No 51 in the State of Western Australia) and a Licensed Real Estate Agent (Triennial Certificate No 37435).
Gerald has been involved in industrial, commercial and residential project real estate since the early 1970’s.
He was employed with the Department of Industrial Development (1969-1972) involved in the development and sale of industrial estates at Kewdale, Canning Vale and Jervois Bay (now Henderson Marine Park) at Henderson.
In 1977 Gerald was invited into the PC Kerr & Associates partnership and in 1979 the SGIO appointed Gerald to project coordinate its new administration headquarters at 178 St Georges Terrace Perth.
During the early 1980’s Gerald was appointed to review plans for the Joondalup Development Corporation and Technology Park at Bentley.
In 1983 Gerald was appointed to the property board of Wesley Church which later became the Uniting Church in the City Property Board, responsible for Wesley Church, Wesley Arcade and office tower, St Andrews Church, Westminster House in Pier Street, Trinity Church and Trinity Arcade and Ross Memorial Church, Plaza and shops in West Perth.
In 1985 Gerald was appointed managing director of Chesterton International and grew the local office of 35 partners and staff to an office with a compliment of 85 people locally and 250 nationally to become recognised as one of the leading international real estate groups in Australia.
Gerald was elected President of the Property Council (WA) Division in 1991 and served until 1993 (two terms) and was a National Director of the Property Council from 1993 -1994.
In 1995 Gerald retired from Chesterton to start Major Corporate a boutique corporate real estate agency and valuation consultancy practice and attracted clients such as Shell Co, Downing Lawyers, Home Building Society, SGIO, State Government of Western Australia Property Division, Masonic Lodge of Western Australia, WA Fire Brigades Board, MLC, AMP and Deloittes on behalf of ATSIC.
In 2002 Gerald was appointed to the Central Perth Planning Committee as the Chamber of Commerce and Property Council representative. The CPPC was a statutory planning review sub group of the Western Australian Planning Commission. Gerald resigned in 2005.
In May 2007 the Lester Group appointed Gerald to act as a consultant for their lifestyle and leisure division in the establishment of a retirement village at Australind. In February 2008 he undertook a study tour to the USA with the Lester Group with special interest in retirement village and new urbanism. Gerald’s group manages retirement villages for several clients including Platinum Communities at Balcatta and Alexandra Village at Kensington. Gerald is now reviewing the Lester Groups opportunity to develop a large retirement village at Caversham. Gerald has acted for Southern Cross Care, Mercy Care, Brightwater, Catholic Homes, Baptist Care and Churches of Christ Homes in a range of feasibilities and appointments involving retirement village marketing, sales and valuation. More recently Gerald has been appointed to act for the Department of Housing and Works on several research/feasibilities for joint venture ownership of retirement villages.
Gerald continues to operate a valuation practice on a wide range of property and project styles and has recently undertaken a number of complex valuation tasks including, contaminated sites and large south coastal properties.
SIGRID ADAMS – Director of Sales
– Accreditation Surveyor
– Registered Real Estate Representative
– Diploma of Case Management (current)
– Cert. IV Frontline Management
– Cert. IV Marketing
– Business Growth Enterprise – Curtin
– Master Class Business – Curtin
Sigrid Adams specialises in managing Retirement Villages in Western Australia. Sigrid founded Village Support a company that provided village managers with resource tools and relief management services. The Village Management resources that she developed placed her as a management and best practice expert in not only strategic management but also in the day to day operations of the village.
Being employed by the industry for over a decade and being an active Accreditation Surveyor for more than 7 years has given Sigrid the insight necessary for developing robust systems in change management and the setup of new and existing villages. Sigrid has experience working with local Government and notoriously problematic villages to bring about positive outcomes.
In Sigrid’s role as operations manager the brief generally includes assessing current management systems and either implements comprehensive management systems we have developed ourselves, or have upgraded our clients systems to ensure compliance with the relevant Legislative framework and industry best practice principles.
In her role as sales manager Sigrid oversees a number of retirement village sales both existing and newly constructed, along with a small sales team preferring to stay as hands on as possible.
Sigrid is an accomplished speaker and conducts training sessions for Village Managers on a regular basis. Sigrid also holds a committee member chair on the Property Council Australia, Retirement Living Committee and is asked to speak for the Property Council in regard to accreditation, best practice and practical application of village management systems.
Sigrid Adams has established a suite of Retirement Village management resources, including a generic Policy and Procedure Manual which is tailored for each Village and based on the Lifemark Accreditation Scheme of the property Council Retirement Living Division. This Manual has been implemented in a host of Villages throughout Perth and is complimentary to the other resources available in assisting Village managers. VSA also manages several Villages and aged persons rentals, with particular emphasis on Local Government owned assets. Sigrid often undertakes consultancy appointments relating to best practice principles and their implementation.