Ben and his family have been directly involved in the Retirement Sector for nearly 30 years, and his father Peter Martens pioneered early retirement villages in South Australia through the development of the Bartonvale Gardens Group. They have been involved in the successful design, construction and management of two retirement estates in South Australia.
Prior to Ben’s direct involvement in the family business he had a career in Melbourne in Corporate Banking and Finance followed by a number of years as Sales Director in the Information Technology Industry.
In 2007 after a number of years as Managing Director of the Bartonvale Group of Companies Ben negotiated the sale of his family retirement village business to Meridien/JP Morgan, Australia’s largest Private Retirement Village Operator now called RetireAustralia.
From 2008-2011 Ben was asked by RetireAustralia Directors to act as their consulting General Manager and to oversee all operational, sales and marketing components of their 12 acquired villages in SA, whilst at the same time driving and concluding a number of family residential development projects.
Since 2011 Ben, has acquired Langton Park and the Elms Retirement Estate and continues to develop these assets as part of the Martens and O'Brien families long term commitment to growth of this business.
Born and raised in London and after completing his schooling Tom joined Shell International at their global headquarters in London. After working for some years in their international trading division, Shell moved Tom to take responsibility as a trading manager in a major division of the company in Singapore, in charge of the Asia Pacific region for the company.
In 1997 Tom left Shell and moved to join Trafigura which is the 2nd largest independent commodity trader in the World, as one of the founding members of the business in the Far East.
Over the last 14 years he helped the company grow into a significant force in the region and until recently held the position of MD for the company’s Asia Pacific business, which includes oil, non-ferrous metals, coal and iron ore. The global turnover of the company in 2011 reached US$100 billion and the Asia business accounts for approximately 30% of that.
Tom currently lives in Melbourne with his family and consults to some private groups in the Petroleum industry. Tom had been an active Board Member of the Bartonvale Group of companies from 2003 until 2007 and had been a key investor in that group in conjunction with his brother in law Ben Martens.
Tom and his family are and continue to be Foundation investors in the Parks Villages group and Tom brings a strong corporate governance focus to this board and underpins the investor shareholding.