Leadership Team

Derek McMillan


Centennial Living was established by Derek McMillan, who has extensive experience and expertise in the sector. He was the CEO of the mutual organisation Australian Unity Retirement Living for over a decade and served on several boards during that time. Derek has been Director and Vice-President of the National Ageing Research Institute for the past five years. He has also served as Chairman of the Retirement Living Council, Vice-President of the Retirement Villages Association and a Director of Leading Aged Services Australia (Vic).

Tony Connon

Finance Director

Tony is the co-founder of Centennial Living and a highly experienced and respected Finance Director. With a career spanning over 20 years in CFO and Financial Controller roles for major Australian companies. He has also been a director or board member of a large number of commercial and non-commercial organisations.

Merryn Bray

General Manager, Marketing & Community Engagement

With a celebrated career in the health and wellbeing sectors at various Australian commercial, not-for-profit and mutual organisations, Merryn worked with Derek & Tony at Australian Unity and brings a rare level of leadership and innovation to the marketing team at Centennial Living. In many ways, her role goes beyond traditional marketing to encompass service development—her focus is on delivering an outstanding product to ensure that the customer experience is second to none.

Charmaine Waugh

General Manager Operations

Charmaine's career in the retirement village and aged care industry spans more than 40 years. Her wealth of knowledge and experience is underpinned with a nursing background. Prior to joining Centennial Living, Charmaine was the General Manager of Residential Communities Victoria at Australian Unity Charmaine has received numerous awards throughout her career, including being recognised as one of Australia’s Top 10 Aged Care Managers. Charmaine is extremely passionate about making a difference in the lives of older Australians.