Our team

At Arena Living, our residents always come first. Our experienced team strive to help residents live life to the fullest.

Ian Shipman

Ian Shipman

Knightsbridge Village Manager

Knightsbridge is more like a small suburb than a village. The residents here are very independent – it’s a true lifestyle village.

I spent over 20 years in hospitality and hotel management before joining the retirement industry in 2016. I really enjoy being part of a progressive and expanding sector.

The best thing about my job is that there is a lot of variety. No two days are ever the same! I also enjoy the genuine appreciation you get from residents when you help them out. It reminds me that no matter how small the gesture might be, it makes a massive deal to someone else’s life.

I love spending time outdoors, especially the beach in summer. I have just discovered camping with the family and we love it.

Kirsty Allison

Kirsty Allison

Mayfair Village Manager

Mayfair Village has a real sense of community. It feels like a second family, with wonderful residents and committed, compassionate staff.

I have spent my career in senior management roles in the disability sector, where we supported people with intellectual disabilities to live their lives as fully and as independently as possible. I have a real passion for people and in this role I’m privileged to be able to spend time getting to know each of the residents on a personal level.

When I’m not working, I love to spend time with friends and family and to share my kitchen creations. I also love to be on, in or around the water.

Karla Mason

Karla Mason

Mt Eden Gardens Village Manager

This lovely, boutique-style village is so full of character and has an awesome location at the base of Mt Eden, next to a small shopping centre and within close distance of the CBD.

But most importantly, you get that welcoming family feeling from the moment you walk in, thanks to the close-knit community of residents and the wonderful team of staff.

I’ve spent many years working in accommodation services and my main focus has always been on improving customer service. I’m constantly looking at ways to make a difference and add to a great experience for our residents.

Family is important to me and I love spending time with them on the weekends. I also like to get and out and visit the awesome beaches we have around Auckland.

Clare Eccles

Clare Eccles

Ocean Shores Village Manager

Having worked for over 20 years in the hospitality and hotels industry, I bring a wealth of knowledge in customer service and relationship building to Ocean Shores Village. 

The best part of my role is the privilege of seeing the residents enjoy their life, with support from the team when needed. I enjoy taking the time to get know residents and to listen to the stories that make up their lives.

When not around the village, I enjoy spending time with my family and getting out exploring our beautiful region and country.

Helen Vlasich

Helen Vlasich

Parklane Village Manager

Parklane Village is in a fabulous location in the heart of Sunnynook and in close proximity to some of Auckland’s most stunning beaches.

I have spent over nine years working in the retirement industry, and prior to this I was involved with marketing, sales and product management. Our residents have so many fabulous stories and it’s an honour and a privilege to be a part of their lives. Every day is unique and there are so many opportunities to explore new ways to do things.

Outside work, I enjoy gardening, walking in the Waitakere ranges or at the beach basking in the sunshine. I love to be with my family, keeping it simple with fine food, music and time together.

George Smith

George Smith

Peninsula Club Village Manager

I’m fortunate enough to be the Village Manager at Peninsula Club. Our community is full of active, independent residents who love their homes and enjoy everything that life on the Peninsula has to offer.

We’re on the doorstep of some of the Rodney District’s most scenic spots, including Little Manly, Army Bay and Shakespear Regional Park.

In the past, I’ve worked in marketing, print production, and hospitality. Prior to Peninsula Club, I was Village Manager at Mayfair Village in Northcross.

Working with a great team of people and contributing to our resident’s happiness and satisfaction are just some of the things I enjoy about being here.