Best Practice

Standards Wise International is supported by a formal Strategic Advisory Panel with broad international expertise, providing governance oversight. All panel members are former and current directors of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA), now renamed as the Global Ageing Network (GAN). The panel provides leadership, financial and academic expertise to the group.

Standards Wise International’s network of experts has direct experience in developing and reviewing Standards in the following areas:

Seniors Living, ISO 9001, Aged Care, Multigenerational living, Disability, Mental Health, Primary Health, services to Indigenous Communities, LGBTQI, Families and Youth.

A specific example includes the preparation of numerous design guidelines for the Australian federal government, peak industry bodies and organisations looking to standardise their approach across national property portfolios. These included the Australian Peak association for Retirement Living, PCRL and so on.

Meet the Team

Professional, prompt and approachable

We have a highly experienced team of human service practitioners, management specialists and retirement living experts across Ageing, Disability Mental health and Community Projects. We engage subject matter specialists matched to your organisations profile and needs from our trusted pool.

David Stevens

David Stevens
Managing Director

David has been working in the human service sector in Australia and overseas for the past 30 years. He is focused on supporting organisations to exceed standards and develop their quality systems to achieve positive outcomes for people, particularly the most vulnerable. David’s experience includes providing strategic advice to Government, and organisations on Ageing, Community Care, Dementia, Mental Health, Residential Care, Independent Living, Healthy Ageing, Rehabilitation and Resilience. 

Andrew Larpent, Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Andrew Larpent
Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Andrew spent 33 years as an infantry officer in the British Army from 1969 to 2002 (last rank Lt Col). He commanded the 3 rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers on frontline combat operations through the first Gulf War in 1991. He left the regular army in 1994 but served on in the Territorial Army (reserves) until 2002.

On leaving the Army he moved to the voluntary and commercial not-for-profit sector. He was CEO a national UK children’s cancer charity 1997-2001. Then he was appointed as CEO of the Somerset Care Group in 2001. He was a founding director of the UK National Care Forum (England’s peak association for the not-for-profit care sector), and its Chairman from 2006-11. He was also a director of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (now The Global Ageing Network) from 2006-12. In 2011 he was appointed as CEO of Southern Cross Care (South Australia & Northern Territory), one of the largest not-for-profit care and retirement organisations in Australia. He ‘retired’ back to the UK in 2016. In 2013, while working in Australia, he founded the Commonwealth Association for the Ageing – CommonAge, and is currently Chairman of this growing movement supporting older people across the 54 countries of the Commonwealth. He is currently also a trustee of The Abbeyfield Society, an international organisation providing supported housing for older people.

Andrew and his wife Anne now live in Hinton St George in South Somerset in Southern England. They are very proud of their 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

Judy Martin, International Engagement Director

Judy Martin
International Engagement Director

Commencing her career as a Registered Nurse, Judy’s career has spanned 35 years including rural, state, national and international work in Aged care, Seniors Living and Health and Human Services. Judy been successful in opening several international Health & Seniors Living (aged care/seniors living) markets. She is well known and respected in the Seniors Living industry internationally especially for her role initiating and managing SAGE, the well-respected International study tour program. Judy successfully managed the SAGE program for 15 years, taking her to over 15 countries studying the global aged care sector. She continues to work in the International Study tour market, having recently been invited to the Global Strategic Advisory panel for DIALOG.

Julienne Meyer, Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Julienne Meyer
Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Julienne is Professor Emeritus of Nursing: Care for Older People at City, University of London. Drawing on her skills as a former registered nurse and qualified teacher, she uses collaborative approaches to bring about whole systems change and reflect on the lessons learnt from attempts to improve practice. Her style of working is evidence-based, relationship-centred, appreciative, and action-oriented.

Julienne has enjoyed working in a variety of different settings (health and social care; general and mental health; primary, secondary, and tertiary care) and across a number of traditional boundaries (public and private; policy and practice; research and education). She is best known for her work with care homes, being one of the co-founders of My Home Life in 2006.

Nigel Hopkins, Senior Associate

Nigel Hopkins
Senior Associate

Nigel is passionate about helping people with challenges in their lives. He is focused on supporting the human services industry and has a particular focus on the growing elderly population. His experience and knowledge of the elderly population encompasses across the USA, Italy and France where he has lived and worked extensively over the years. Nigel is now based within the UK. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Places for People, MHS Homes, Chair of an End of Life investment fund and Charity and Associate for Concerto and Standards Wise International. Nigel has a keen interest in the international development of multigenerational living and the related standards and believes this area is pivotal in helping overcome the challenges for our growing worldwide elderly population.

Jade Hand, Senior Project Officer

Jade Hand
Senior Project Officer

Jade has been working within the human service sector in Australia for the past 12 years and more recently internationally regarding several projects. She is a very accomplished project manager with across sector experience in aged care, health, and disability. Jade is passionate about supporting organisations within the human service sector to be the best they can be and to ensure they can provide outstanding services to their consumers. Jade has experience working with government, the private sector and not for profit organisations and has worked in various leadership, quality, community health care and project management roles.

Klaus Zimmermann, Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Klaus Zimmermann
Strategic Advisory Panel Member

Klaus has 30+ years extensive experience in CEO, senior executive positions and non-executive boards including being the Chair with a management/finance background.

Klaus has worked in the aged care sector since 1991 working in various CEO and senior executive positions from large, aged care organisations within Australia. His experience includes Residential Care facilities, Community Care and Retirement Villages for the elderly. Amongst currently working as a Non-Executive director of HESTA Superannuation Fund, ISPT Super Property Trust, Southern Cross Aged Care South Australia/Northern Territory Inc and Chair of Masonic Care Tasmania Inc he was the Founding Director and CEO of the Commonwealth Association for the Ageing Ltd. In addition, Klaus mentor’s CEO’s and senior executives across a range of industries.

More about us


Standards Wise International is a consortium of world class experts based in the UK and other countries around the world with proven experience in undertaking projects in Senior Living and Human Services. We are a Team of experts focused on a customer driven ideology and helping organisations to move from ‘good’ to ‘high functioning’ through re-framing their approach.

The Teams experience encompasses not-for-profit organisations, government at different levels, for profit companies, developers, investors, peak bodies and tertiary institutions at the highest levels. Their knowledge on national and international trends, models, experiences, legislation and problem solving is invaluable to any project. We all share a passion to develop and successfully implement creative solutions to the housing needs, ageing process, care, lifestyle and integration of generations.

Our approach brings together a highly experienced ‘think tank’ to initially explore opportunities/projects/proposals to offer a solution(s) and then narrow this down to a team of experts matched to your organisation/government department/company who work with you for the entirety or in defined stages.

Whether it is quality, customer service, models of care, staffing, governance, risk management, compliance and service delivery, the principles we apply are consistent with our approach.

Standards Wise International applies the principles to the following sectors:

  • Aged Care
  • Health
  • Community
  • Residential
  • Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Housing sectors

David Stevens, Director of Standards Wise International, is also a highly respected member of COMMONAGE, consulting to the Commonwealth of Nations at an International level for Governments on policy and program development. He is currently developing a five country cross cultural study into the effects of Depression on Chronic Disease Management with Oxford University, UK, and a set of International Senior Living Standards for global adoption.

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Standards Wise International has a team of international experts with a combined global reach which spans across a number of regions, North America, South America, UK, Europe, Africa and the Asia Pacific. Our experience includes academic research through to front line service provision. Our experts represent low and middle income countries as well as advanced economies. With current knowledge and understanding of the current future and economic climate we understand the need to develop solutions that meet the needs of local people respecting at all times, cultures and diversity.

Standards Wise International (SWI) focusses on the development of innovative solutions to housing in later life including Age Friendly Communities, Re-urbanisation, Integrated Cross Generational Living and Inclusive Communities for urban and regional areas.

Our approach is based on the 5 Is:

  1. Intergenerational,
  2. Inclusion,
  3. Influence,
  4. Integrated, and
  5. Informing

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Standards Wise International is committed to being inclusive. We highly value and celebrate diversity and believe in equity. We demonstrate this through inclusive employment and through business practices that ensure that people of diverse social groups, such as culturally and linguistically diverse communities, members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities, people on the autism spectrum and those living with visible and invisible disability are treated with respect and equity.

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