API Ltd Board

The role of our Board is to be accountable to API Members whilst operating in a manner that is in the best interests of the Organisation. Consisting of the Chair, Elected Directors, Independent Directors and Non-Directors, the Board is committed to maintaining and delivering the highest standards for all property professionals. 

Elections are held annually and successful candidates announced shortly following our AGM. As a Membership organisation all API Members are encouraged to participate in the process from our Members either by nominating for vacant positions or by voting in the annual elections.


The API is committed to implementing and maintaining an effective and comprehensive Corporate Governance Policy and, in turn, practices and procedures. The policies, practices and procedures have been developed in accordance with the Australian Standard Good Governance Principles (AS 8000-2003).

API Whistleblower Policy

API is committed to identifying and calling out misconduct and harm. API values individuals who report potential misconduct or breaches of the law and takes these concerns very seriously.

If you would like to receive a copy of API’s Whistleblower Policy, please email [email protected].

Meet our Board Members

Paul Billingham

Chair of API Board

Paul is a former senior partner with global accounting firm Grant Thornton where, up until his retirement in early 2021, over some 30 years he held numerous leadership roles established and lead the firms Australian Financial Advisory and Consulting practices. Over his career, Paul has undertaken numerous complex assignments in the property sector, from restructuring businesses and building out developments; to the refinancing of over $7.6bn of syndicated bank debt to A-REITs during the GFC.

An experienced NED, Paul sits on and chairs several boards and board committees in the defence, construction, professional services, property, health, green energy and leisure sectors and is a Managing Director of GreenMount Advisory where he supports Private Capital to improve the performance of their portfolio businesses.

Paul is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants ANZ, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an MBA from AGSM.  A resident of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, he is married with an 18-year-old daughter and, a keen yachtsman, is a previous Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, home of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Mark Kay LFAPI

API Board Director

Mark has been a member of the API since 1988, a former SA State Chair and Board Director who has been re-elected to the API Board after a 4-year hiatus. Mark is an engaged API member having demonstrated a passion for standards, education and compliance over many years and is committed to representing statutory, regional and small business members and passionately advocating issues pertaining to policy and standards and membership concerns.

Mark is a prominent and well-known member of our API community and is a regular attendee and presenter at API conferences. With a passion for mentoring and training graduates and students, to being a strong voice within the Australian Property Institute, he is a representative on the Valuer-General Asset Valuation Advisory Committee and was appointed the Valuer-General of the Northern Territory in May 2023 after holding numerous leadership and management positions within the SA Government for over 33 years.

Mark has served on a number of API committees and working groups, most notably SA State Committee, Standards Steering Committee and Education Committee, with an aim to improve the organisation and achieve our goals.

Georgia Warren-Myers FAPI

API Board Director, Head of ESG & Risk APAC JLL

Dr Georgia Warren-Myers has 20 years of combined experience in academia and industry, with various roles in the property industry ranging from property development, valuation, sustainability consultancy, research and advisory. Georgia’s current role sees her embracing the application of her research and experience being applied in practice, supporting the business case for sustainability. Previously an Associate Professor in Property and Construction at the University of Melbourne, Georgia has been a Certified Practising Valuer since 2008, as is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute.

Experienced in practice, her previous research tackled the wicked problems of the property sector using quantitative and qualitative methods that explored implications for property assets (commercial and residential), industry stakeholders, consumers, and professionals, providing her with a unique perspective for the profession. Georgia adds unique value in her expertise in the nexus of knowledge fields of sustainability, climate change risks and property. A highly respected industry professional and an academic with expertise on sustainability and climate change issues she continues to provide valuable contributions through her involvement in industry, education and research.

Darren Austin AAPI

API Board Director

A leading valuer for Walsh & Monaghan for almost twenty-five years, Darren has been a company director since 2005 and holds almost 30 years’ experience in real estate sales and valuation.

With a reputation for quality service, sound judgement, and excellent client liaison and rapport, his professional diplomacy has seen him appointed to many Chair positions for the Australian Property Institute, Network Property Advisory Group and Professional Indemnity Insurance subcommittee.

Darren’s experience spans managing major projects, assessing complex Just Terms Acquisition and Determination work for Shoalhaven City Council and the Valuer General and Transport for NSW, plus overseeing the delivery of his team’s professionally realised values. Darren’s specialties include commercial property, childcare centres, caravan park, hotel/motels, and unique tourism holdings.

Gavin Hulcombe

API Board Director

Re-elected to the API Board in 2024, Gavin joined the API in 1993 and appointed a Fellow in 2010.

Gavin’s valuation career commenced with the Queensland Department of Lands before joining Herron Todd White in 1994 as a residential valuer. Since 2000, Gavin has specialised in the valuation of residential projects and subdivisions, having valued a number of Brisbane’s largest residential projects.

Gavin has gained valuable experience as a leader and company director inside and outside of Herron Todd White.

Gavin is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He has served as Managing Director of the Herron Todd White Brisbane office since 2002. He was a member of the Herron Todd White Australia Board between 2005 and 2020 and served as Chair of the Herron Todd White board between 2008 and 2016. Gavin has served and chaired the Herron Todd White Finance and Risk Management Committee.

Greg Sugars OAM

API Board Director, CEO-Preston Rowe Paterson Australasia

Greg has been involved within the Australian Property Industry since 1989. In that time, he has been at the forefront of several significant strategic changes, particularly around industry aggregation, technology and innovation as well as the change in risk and insurance solutions available to valuers. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and International Director of Preston Rowe Paterson Australasia. Prior to that he was the founding CEO of Opteon.

A firm believer that the valuation industry has been underselling and under educating its clients on what valuers actually do, Greg enjoys the opportunity to present at lots of industry events and universities. Greg is an author, public speaker and podcaster and dedicates a lot of his spare time raising funds for an international children’s charity, the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.

Greg is a  Fellow of the Australian Property Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  In 2015 Greg was recognised in the Australian Day Honours List for his community work and awarded a Medal of The Order of Australia.

Robert Hecek

APIV Chair

Robert joined the API as an Associate in 1983, became a Fellow in 2000 and was appointed Life Fellow in 2016. He is also a Certified Practising Valuer and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Robert formed the valuation practice Valuecorp in 1980, based in Gladesville in Sydney, and employs 25 valuers, covering all facets of valuation and consulting work through NSW. Robert is currently Chair of the APIV Limited Liability Scheme.

  • API National President 2014/2015
  • Appointed to the Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee in its early beginning in 2003
  • The current chair of APIV Ltd (Limited Liability Scheme)
  • Current member of the  API Complaints Committee
  • Member of API International Committee
  • Elected to NSW Divisional Council in 2006 and was elected as Vice President NSW Division in 2008. He became the President of the NSW Division in 2009 and 2010 for two terms
  • Recipient of the S F Whittington Memorial Gold Medal in 2012 for outstanding contribution to API and the Property Profession
  • Current First Vice President and Executive Council Member of WAVO
  • Founding and current member of the International Fire Safety Standards Coalition, backed by UN and UK Government, formed at the UN in Geneva in July 2018

With the cooperation and input of all stakeholders and major valuation firms, Robert completed and implemented the Australian Banking and Finance Industry Residential Valuation Standing Instruction – the first of its kind for the Australian valuation industry. All valuers now complete an annual, mandatory, competency-based, online module testing their knowledge and understanding of the standing instructions.

Robert has also presented as a delegate at numerous Property conferences worldwide on Fire Safety and Valuation issues and advances in professional standards.

Adam Connolly


Adam Connolly has 35 years’ experience in strategic communications, journalism, investment banking, and as a Non-Executive Board Director. This includes serving as Senior Adviser to the Australian Prime Minister, Property Writer for The Australian newspaper, Foreign Affairs Writer for News Corporation, investment banker for Macquarie, and Head of Corporate Affairs for Bankwest where he sat on the bank’s Pricing Committee that determined retail mortgage lending and business commercial lending rates. He is skilled in crisis and issues management, particularly in complex stakeholder environments.


For the last 12 years he has served as CEO of Apollo Communications, a strategic communications business advising Board directors on how to protect and promote their corporate reputations. In that capacity he has advised property and infrastructure clients in the public and private sectors, along with global supply-chain and property development consultancies, on their public advocacy needs.

His credentials include:

  • Non-Executive Director of UnitingCare Australia ($5 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 staff)
  • Non-Executive Director of the Oxford Business Alumni Ltd
  • Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)
  • MBA in corporate strategy from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Bachelor of Arts in economics from the Australian National University.
Louise O'Donnell


Louise is a visionary, adaptive digital transformational leader with proven success harnessing disruptive technologies and human-centred design principles to deliver game-changing customer experience strategy, digital experience design, business innovation programs and labs for organisations across industry, government, and NGO sectors.  

Louise has 20+ years’ experience delivering human-centred design-led strategies and creating transformative digital products and services for start-ups and blue-chips including ReachOut Australia, NSW Dept of Education, Accenture, ABC, Network Ten, Google and Sydney Opera House. And for start-ups like Fusion Labs, Spike Networks, rushTV and Hoodlum.  

Louise has guided teams through new ways of thinking and working. Her focus is on helping businesses transform the entire customer experience, designing and delivering products and services with purpose and value that scale.