Thanks for taking the time to read my Candidate Statement. I am requesting your support in the upcoming Australian Property Institute Elections.
Acting as a Director of the Australian Property Institute is indeed, a very important role and should be undertaken only by those with the highest understanding of the legal obligations and duties required of a company director, along with the passion for a profession that contributes so much to the national economy and the lives of so many Australians.
I have been a proud Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since October 1992 and in the intervening time have sat on, as a board director or chair, the boards of numerous Commercial Enterprises, Not for Profit organisations and Industry Bodies.
If appointed, I undertake to fulfil all duties and obligations required of the position as a director for Australian Property Institute and its controlled entities and the Corporations Act 2001.
Having been involved with the property industry for over 30 years I have an intimate understanding of the changes that continue face the valuation industry and our own professional body. In addition, I am directly at the coalface as an employer trainer of so many wonderful men and women in urban and regional areas and invest heavily in their progression, reward and acknowledge their strengths.
The people involved with our profession have a unique set of skills and, quite rightly, expect that their professional body, the API, represents them faithfully, advocates for them at all levels of Government and within industry; and puts members interests first and foremost in it’s decision-making processes. I commit to putting members interests first.
The API has been making important steps forward and I wish to assist in making those steps giant leaps forward.
In my professional career I have worked in small private valuation practices of 2-3 people, mid-tier firms and large firms of 500+.
My current role, as Chief Executive Officer of Preston Rowe Paterson Australasia, gives me a unique perspective of some of the key challenges and opportunities that property professionals face on a day-to-day basis.
The issues of an ever-evolving regulatory environment; changes in risk practices and the difficulties of obtaining workable Professional Indemnity Insurance; the evolution technologies and data reliance; the rationalisation of supply chains are issues that face each of our members.
But for all the challenges, perhaps now is one of the best ever times to be a property professional. Opportunities for making very good livelihoods, capitalising on valuer shortages and advocating for reasonable fee levels, abound.
Personally, I am best described as a people person. I love networking and meeting people from all walks of life and from all around the world.
I am a published author and, during Covid, even undertook creating a Podcast series to keep myself sane.
For over 30 years I have been involved in raising money and awareness for those less fortunate in this world. In 2015, I was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List.
I reside on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria with my wife, Virginia. (I have 2 adult sons).
Therefore, if you are looking to elect someone to the Australian Property Institute Board with excellent Corporate Governance credentials, a real understanding of the property, and specifically the valuation, profession and someone who has real all round life experience, I ask you to consider voting for my candidature.