2017 State of the Market Speakers

Alan Oster, Group Chief Economist, National Australia Bank

Alan joined the Bank in 1992 from the Federal Treasury where he worked for 15 years - his special field being economic forecasting and monetary policy. He grew up in Newcastle and graduated (with first class honours) in economics from Newcastle University.  He also holds a Masters degree in economics from the Australian National University. Immediately before joining the Bank, Alan was the Senior Adviser in Treasury responsible for economic forecasting and modelling.  In 1987 he was seconded for nearly four years as Counsellor-Economic and Financial with Australia’s delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. As Group Chief Economist, Alan is responsible for NAB’s global economic and financial forecasts.  He is also a highly respected and much quoted commentator on Australian and global economic trends and policy issues.

David Brandon, National Audit Manager, Opteon Property Group

David commenced working as a Valuer in 1991 after completing the Uni of SA course.  He worked as a Valuer, conducting valuations across SA between 1991 and 2008.  In 2004/2005 David was involved in the design, setup and build of ValEx, including the development of the Compliance Department.  He managed the Compliance Department in ValEx between 2005 and 2012, and was the National Policy & Quality Assurance Manager for RPData/Corelogic from 2012.  David joined Opteon Property Group in late 2013 and was appointed National Compliance & Audit Manager in early 2014.  Over the past decade David has worked closely with the API National Standards Manager and is a current committee member of the API Residential Standards Committee.

Greg Troughton, Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate Institute of SA

Greg is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors.  Prior to joining REISA in 2007, he was Head of Strategy and Board Secretary at TIO and General Counsel and General Manager Corporate Affairs of a large public sector insurance organisation.  Greg has a broad range of experience in accounting, policy, planning and management.  Greg has been the CEO of REISA for 9 years.


Simon McIntyre, Real Estate Sales Specialist SA, Landmark Harcourts

Simon oversees the role of South Australia’s sales specialist in Real Estate for Landmark Harcourts and is actively involved with rural sales transactions in 3 states including the Alice Springs area of NT, the Broken Hill area of NSW and SA. Simon is a third generation real estate agent having learned the trade under the guidance of his father in the small town of Minyip in the Wimmera in a role that commenced in 1977. Simon has 40 years’ experience in rural property sales, marketing, management and agency ownership, which includes 14 years in Melbourne as an independent agent prior to commencing with Dalgety in Victoria in 1992. He was appointed State Manager for the Dalgety organisation in South Australia in 1993 and remained in that position through the company’s transition to Landmark Harcourts in 2011. He also held the South East Regional Real Estate role looking after Victoria, SA and Southern NSW and since 2014 is now concentrating on SA and the two key pastoral regions of Broken Hill and Alice Springs regions. Simon is a licenced real estate auctioneer and is a former board member of the Real Estate Institute of South Australia. His very broad experience in real estate sales and marketing has allowed him to sell both residential real estate and rural properties including pastoral country from Broken Hill, to Northern South Australia and the Northern Territory for the past 24 years.

Kate Gray, Associate Director of Research, Colliers International

Kate began her career in the property industry at CBRE as a property analyst in 2008, and has been with Colliers since 2013. She has extensive experience in property research in the Adelaide property market and is experienced in delivering strategic advice to institutional, listed and private clients. She has undertaken primary research projects such as metro office vacancy, industrial vacancy and impacts of stamp duty reform. She has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce both from the University of Adelaide.

James Juers, Director, McGees Property

James Juers has been a valued member of the Australian Property Institute since 1987. Over the last 30 years James has been involved in all aspects of commercial property including sales, leasing, valuation and consultancy. His experience includes 10 years in Asia and the US.