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John White

Principle Executive & Lifestyle Consultant – Direct Contact: 082 775 4635

John White is the Owner of Golden Elder Management Services and launched LifeTides Retirement Lifestyle Consulting in 2008. Born and educated in Yorkshire in the UK, he spent 12yrs in the Royal Navy prior to him accepting a 2 year contract in South Africa. John established himself in the leisure and real estate industries and over the past 14 years has specialised in the retirement industry.

As John has said many times “Seniors deserve a greater choice of retirement lifestyles, and to be offered these from one source which was the reasoning behind the launch of LifeTides”

With retirement schemes, developments and lifestyles being a world trend and property developers wanting a piece of the pie, John believes that LifeTides can assist the caring developer to ensure that what they build meets the retiree’s expectations. We also need to be sure that the rights of the retirees are fully protected, and for this LifeTides provide guidance in the various legislative requirements to property developers.

John is also a Brand Ambassador and Non-Executive of Livewell Suites – “The Benchmark in Dementia and Alzheimer Care”.

At present John and his wife Helen, who is involved Original Tea Bag Designs a local business in Hout Bay where they live currently having lived in various coastal areas in the Cape since they stepped foot in this ‘Rainbow Nation’


Ivan Oosthuizen

Retirement Lifestyle Operations Manager – Direct Contact: 083 419 1014

Ivan functions as the Operations & Sales Manager at LifeTides with an extensive background in retirement, engineering, real estate, commercial & structured finance, print media, training and development.

Having spent a number of years in the Retirement Industry in a variety of positions such as Estate Manager, Internal Auditor, Sales and Marketing Portfolio Manager, Consultant, Ivan aims to add value to client experiences through his work experiences and to increase Life Tides’ levels of expertise and specialization.

Ivan views the Retirement Industry as an ever evolving industry and believes it will become more complex and legislated. Sound and precise consultation to clients and families is fast becoming a critical service.

Ivan is married to Myrtle and has two teenage sons. As family they enjoy hiking in the beautiful Cape Province mountain ranges. He aspires to add value and capacity to the Life Tides brand and wishes to see LifeTides become one of the most respected retirement brand leaders.


Trevor Le Grange

Catering Operations Manager – Direct Contact: 082 746 8334

Trevor is a multi-talented person with great empathy for all living things. Trevor entered the retirement industry in 2001 when he joined Golden Elder Management Services as a Chef. Within 18 months, Trevor was promoted to Catering Manager. In 2005 Trevor was again promoted to Village Manger at Riverside Manor due to his commitment, understanding of the needs of the elderly, and his willingness to help and develop his personal skills.

Since the purchase of Riverside Manor by CPOA, Trevor has remained with GEMS and taken up the role of Catering Operations Manager for our current operations and future growth. In addition to his present role Trevor assist the LifeTides Team with the marketing and sales of our developments.

Trevor was born in Cape Town and educated at Lyceum and his continued interest in catering particular Patisserie he is a Member of the Cake Decorator Guild.

Life Tides is committed to continuous innovation of the retirement industry in South Africa.

In this land of sunshine and hope we have the ability to develop something unique. It is our firm belief that Seniors deserve a choice of how they want to live their retirement years, no one shoe fits all. We will therefore not persuade our clients into any one Retirement Lifestyle Development but, we will help them to make a wise move that best suits their individual needs.

When speaking to individuals and couples looking to embark on a lifestyle of retirement, before making recommendations we consider their health, financial situation, current interests and activities. More often than not, retirees have decades of living still ahead of them and want to remain independent for as long as possible.

We are committed to working with our development and manager partners to create new, practical and exciting ways to enhance the facilities we represent. Quality of life is everything.

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