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 participate in the process from our Members either by nominating for vacant positions or by voting in the annual elections.

 

Governance

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).

Board Members

Hon Bruce Billson

Independent Director

API Chair

Diana D'Ambra

Independent Director

API FRAC Chair

Katherine Bartolo

Director

API

Tyrone Hodge

Director

API

Christopher Knight

Director

API

Michael Leech

Director

API

Bart Charles Mead

Director

API

Anne-Maree Moussa

Director

API

Dennis Volk

Director

API

Individual Profiles

Hon. Bruce Billson

Bruce is an AICD Company Director course graduate and has earned a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Diploma of Management and Masters Of Business Leadership (RMIT) and is a member of the ACCC’s Small Business and Franchise Advisory Committee.

 

Bruce was a member of the Liberal Party of Australia, representing the Division of Dunkley in Victoria from 1996 to 2016. He was also Minister for Small Business from September 2013 to September 2015.

 

As a Treasury portfolio Cabinet Minister, Bruce spearheaded that Abbott Government’s SME agenda to ‘energise enterprise’, leading the formulation of the 2015 Federal Budget’s Jobs and Small Business package to boost entrepreneurship; reforms to competition policy and law; unfair contract terms protections for small business; repair of employee share schemes laws; a new crowd-sourced equity funding framework; and industry code reforms for franchising and the food & grocery sector.

 

Since retiring as an undefeated 7-term member of the Australian House of Representatives in 2016, Bruce has developed a portfolio of interests including as an independent non-Executive Director for SME ‘challenger’ bank, Judo Capital.  He is founder and principal of policy advice/advocacy and strategic communications/stakeholder relations firm, Agile Advisory; Special Counsel to Royce Communications; Director of Small Business & Enterprise at Deakin University’s Business School; Chair of the Deakin/IPA SME Research Centre Advisory Council; and member/chair for several private business advisory committees.  With Deakin University, Bruce has produced on-line training programs published on the global FutureLearn platform on ‘SME Digital Engagement’ and on ‘SME New Markets/Trade’. Prior to joining the API Board, Bruce was the Executive Chairman/independent Director of the industry association for the franchise sector, Franchise Council of Australia from 2016-2018.

Diana D'Ambra

Diana is an experienced non-executive director and independent adviser.

 

Diana’s executive career includes more than 25 years as lead executive director in a global accounting firm delivering corporate finance, business valuation and investment advice across a number of industry sectors.

 

Diana now combines corporate finance, financial management and related strategic advice with Board roles. Diana has a particular interest in start-ups/ new business models and has successfully advised and facilitated founders on taking their business to market.

 

With more than 10 years non-executive director experience Diana currently is a board member on five  boards, three of which she chairs. Diana is also an independent member of the audit, governance and risk committee of the NSW  Independent Commission Against Corruption  (ICAC).

 

Diana’s focus is working with inspired people to help them achieve worthwhile change. Her bottom line is doing what works best for internal and external stakeholders.

 

Diana has a Bachelor and Master of Commerce from University of NSW and is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Aust & New Zealand (CAANZ). Diana is also a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Director Course and facilitates director courses at AICD.

Tyrone Hodge

Tyrone has served on various API committees and boards since 2008 most recently as the inaugural API Chair.  Tyrone played a pivotal role in the restructure and corporatisation of the API and has previously served as the National President and New South Wales President.

 

Tyrone has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry across valuation, sales and leasing of all property asset classes.  At JLL, Tyrone is a Regional Director with responsibility for leading a team of valuers who provide services to institutional and bank clients.

 

His qualifications include a Master of Property Development, Master of Business Administration, Associate Diploma Business (Valuation), Advanced Certificate in Agency and an Advanced Certificate Stock and Station Agency Practice.

Christopher Knight

Christopher is a CPV certified Associate Member of the API and is the Chief Executive Officer at Opteon. He previously served on the API Victorian Divisional Council and has been Chair of the API National Advocacy Committee.  Also a member of the Royal  Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Chris’s extensive experience in the property industry makes him a leader within the profession.

 

 

Holding an MBA and qualifications in Accounting, Real Estate and a Master of Business (Property), Chris is an advocate for promoting and supporting students’ ongoing education and professional development by being actively involved in Opteon’s Youth Leadership Team. He has played an active role in shaping the property industry and remains as one of the youngest Chief Executives in the field.

Michael Leech

Michael joined the API in 2013 and became the YPP National Representative in 2014. He is a member of various other professional groups and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Property and Valuation) from RMIT Melbourne.

 

Michael’s past experience includes:

  • Municipal Rating and Land Tax Valuation and assessment of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of real estate, predominately in metropolitan Melbourne and also throughout regional Victoria.
  • Compulsory acquisition and compensation, rating disputes
  • Experience in valuation of subdivisional lands including EstateMaster modelling.
  • Experience in undertaking project-based valuation work, Government assets and Infrastructure.
Bart Charles Mead
Katherine Bartolo

The Valuer-General of South Australia, Katherine Bartolo, grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales before moving to Sydney for High School. She started in the property industry in 1999 where she has undertaken a wide variety of roles in her 20 years of being part of the property industry and completing a Post Grad Masters in Property through University of South Australia. Elevating to management in 2008 and more recently as the State Director of the CBRE SA Residential Valuations Business which remained her position until she was appointed as the Valuer-General in January 2019.

Katherine’s passion and reason for joining the valuation industry comes from her love of architecture and a fasciation of the property market and how it interacts and reacts to human influence as if it is a living organic organism.

In addition to her work within the valuation profession, Katherine has a great love for the community and volunteers her time to two not-for-profit organisations including sitting on the board of Directors for the Animal Welfare League of South Australia which stems from her passion in assisting people and her love of animals, especially her two dogs.

More recently, Katherine was elected by her peers to the Australian Property Institute National Board of Directors, commencing her two year term in June 2020.

Anne-Maree Moussa

Anne-Maree commenced her career in 2003 as a Graduate Valuer with Chesterton International. She joined DTZ in 2007 as a Senior Valuer and was later promoted to Associate Director. With over 13 years of experience in the industry, Anne-Maree’s  valuation experience is broad based covering all major sectors including residential, commercial, industrial, retail, development sites and going concern assets.



In 2010, Anne-Maree joined the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in the Institutional Real Estate Group within the Valuations, Development and Advisory team. Primary responsibilities incorporate detailed valuation, property and consultancy due diligence on all major finance (investment and development) transactions across the A-REIT and wholesale/unlisted space. The role covers Asia-Pacific with a focus on the Australian, Singapore and New Zealand jurisdictions.



In the past 12 months, Anne-Maree has transitioned across to a property lending role within Institutional Banking. In this role she utilises her property skills and knowledge to assist in structuring, negotiating, documenting and executing property transactions together with providing ongoing management of these transactions.

Dennis Volk

Dennis joined the API in 1983 and is a current Fellow member. He is a Past President of the Australian Property Institute (WA Division) having served as the President over the period 2011 to 2013. Dennis was also was chairman of the Marketing and Communication and Regional State Conference Committees of the API, serving on the Divisional Council for 9 years.

 

He was reappointed to the Western Australian Committee in October 2017.

 

Dennis was also the Australian Property Institute (WA Division) appointed National Council Representative for the 12 month period ending May 2015, overseeing a period of significant structural change for the API, at both a National and State level.