Richard de Haast

CEO, Scalabrini


Richard is an experienced senior executive who has enjoyed and benefited from working across several industries and in five different countries throughout the course of his career. Richard started his career in hotel operations in Zimbabwe and South Africa, following an undergraduate degree in law.

Originally training to be a human rights lawyer, Richard altered course following the release of Nelson Mandela and the successful campaign to unban the ANC and moved into hotel operational management.  Having lived in a hotel until the age of twelve, as his father was the General Manager and, as such, customer service and hospitality is in his DNA.

After completing an MSc in International Hotel Management in the UK, Richard returned to South Africa and transitioned into a number of Human Resources and Learning and Development roles in the hotel sector before migrating to New Zealand in 2000.

Arriving in New Zealand, Richard shifted sector into professional services and became the Human Resources Director for Ernst and Young. From there he transitioned in the retirement and aged sector as GM Operations and then Chief Executive Officer of Metlifecare, a NZ listed company.

Richard then moved into property and development, becoming the inaugural Chief Executive Officer for a high net worth entrepreneur, as part of a growth and structuring contract and, while in that role, he completed an MBA.

In 2014 Richard moved to Australia taking up a Sales Director role for a health insurer, before being seconded into a leadership position within their customer transformation team. In 2018 he moved back into the aged care sector, taking on the role of National Director of Salvation Army Aged Care before becoming Senior Living Director at Churches of Christ in Queensland.

Richard is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Scalabrini Villages and is keen to bring his range of experience and insights into supporting and leading transformation in the sector.