Dr Brett Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer of RetireAustralia, the largest privately owned retirement village operator in Australia. With 27 villages nationally, over 5,000 people choose to call a RetireAustralia community home. A few years ago, Brett’s own grandparents were residents at the RetireAustralia community in Toowoomba, Queensland.
Brett started his career in healthcare, completing a medical degree at the University of Queensland and working as a surgical trainee. After completing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Orthopaedics at Oxford, Brett intended to work as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, however his sporting success in rugby led to him becoming the inaugural captain of the ACT Brumbies in the Super Rugby competition.
After playing for both the Brumbies and the Wallabies, Brett went on to make a significant contribution to his sport off the field, as General Manager of the Australian Rugby Union’s High Performance Unit.
Brett has since forged a career in the private sector, leading organisations where care and wellbeing is at the heart of all they do. These businesses include Mondial Assistance, a leading insurance and medical assistance brand; Icon Cancer Care, Australia’s largest private provider of cancer care; and most recently, Bank of Queensland Specialist, a financial services business dedicated to serving healthcare professionals.
Brett also holds a number of non-executive directorships. He is the current President of Council, Kings College, University of Queensland, Deputy Chair of Rugby Australia and represents Australia on the World Rugby Council and EXCO and is a director of a healthcare technology platform Whitecoat.
Brett’s experience working in human services has nurtured a deep appreciation of community and the delivery of care across a growing network. As CEO of RetireAustralia, Brett is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of older Australians and their families by building beautiful home environments, delivering high quality care and creating vibrant retirement communities.