An experienced medical industry specialist has joined Colliers to head up the firm’s healthcare and retirement living division.
Ian Sanders, a transaction specialist for healthcare assets, has joined the global agency’s Australian outfit to strengthen and expand its existing capabilities in handling the booming asset class.
Colliers was drawn to Mr Sanders’ diversity of experience across the health sector, with a career that has spanned more than 20 years and intersected with banking and finance, and later governance, working with non-profit organisations in the aged-care sector.
Most recently, he served as a corporate and institutional finance business leader as head of health at St George Bank and director corporate at NAB Health.
Colliers’ managing director of valuation and advisory services, strategic advisory and healthcare and retirement living, Dwight Hillier, said that the appointment would assist the brand in doubling down on its presence in the sector.
“With a focus on increasing market share and attracting and retaining talent, Ian’s leadership expertise will enable our healthcare and retirement living business to strengthen existing operations and expand capabilities across all services and strategic markets,” he commented.
He emphasised that bringing Mr Sanders on board was part of a plan to rapidly grow their operation.
“As an expert in end-to-end healthcare transactions, Ian’s strong industry connections and market experience will enable our healthcare and retirement living team to continue to build scale and deliver enduring results for our clients,” he said.
On his part, Mr Sanders said he was looking forward to strengthening all aspects of Colliers’ offerings in the sector, from agency operations through to research and valuations.
An asset class that saw increased popularity during COVID, commercial properties with medical facilities are continuing to attract robust interest from investors – something Mr Sanders intends to capitalise on.
“The health sector is a target destination for capital and a segment in pursuit of innovation to keep up with rapidly evolving demand. Areas of focus in the current market include aged care, hospitals, retirement living and health and medical centres,” Mr Sanders said.
He noted he feels well equipped to step into the new role.
“In previous executive finance roles, I worked with institutional, corporate and property finance businesses across various markets, with time spent off-shore in New York and New Zealand,” he said.
“I have led a number of major healthcare transactions throughout my career including funding and underwriting for acquisitions. I have also managed client-facing businesses which equips me with a unique skillset to maximise the potential of property for clients.”
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