Excellence in Property Awards

The Australian Property Institute’s Excellence in Property Awards program is designed to recognise both individuals and organisations in the public and private sector who are leading the way in the property industry. A judging panel of distinguished industry leaders is brought together to critically assess all entries in their individual categories.

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2021 Excellence in Property Award Winners

Workplace Diversity and Culture Award

Winner: CBRE

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

CBRE is committed to achieving diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, by creating an environment that reflects the wide range of clients and communities they serve. CBRE firmly believes that bringing together people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences produces better outcomes for clients and achieves world-class business results.

 

Key policy changes were made this year to FlexWork and Parental Leave policies, an important step in attracting and retaining women talent in the business.

 

CBRE’s latest Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan was recently endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. Key programs include an Indigenous Centre of Excellence and a Social Development Initiative.

 

In the past 12 months, CBRE has fostered an inclusive environment for staff by introducing gender-neutral bathrooms and pronouns in email signatures, with the company also recognised by the Australian Workplace Equality Index for the third year running.

Valuation Team Of The Year

Winner: m3property National Health, Aged Care and Seniors Living Team

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

m3property’s national Health team is recognised as one of Australia’s leading independent valuation and advisory service providers within this sector. Led by National Director, Laila Burnet, in 2020 the team expanded their national service offering into the emerging Specialist Disability Accommodation investment market.

 

The Health team is dedicated to implementing valuation standards and best practice through industry-led research and continuing professional development. The team was responsible for developing an in-house including development of an SDA Projects Valuation Report Template and an innovative SDA Valuation Model.

 

Through client-facing initiatives, the team has shared key valuation experiences to educate financiers and stakeholders, demonstrating the critical skills they bring to the commercial property industry as an independent valuation firm.

Young Property Professional Of The Year

Winner: Will Johnson, Herron Todd White

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

Will Johnson is the Managing Director of Herron Todd White Northern Territory. With a strong family interest and history in the property market, Will is passionate about the industry and is now the proud Chair of the API in the Northern Territory, and enjoys developing and mentoring other young property professionals.

 

As the youngest member elected to the HTWA/C Board in Herron Todd White’s 53-year history, at 34 years of age, Will’s insight is extremely valued and he has been an important part of the company’s success. His key achievements include the successful ratification of the RVI’s Emergency Protocol, allowing the award-winning Contactless Inspection Tool to be utilised where there is no ability to undertake a full inspection under COVID restrictions.

 

As the State Chair of the API’s Northern Territory State Committee, Will is involved in state divisional meetings, local CPD events, and API programs. An active YPP volunteer, Will enjoys mentoring other young Members, acting as a role model to the next generation of leaders.

Innovation in Property Award

Winner: goFARM Australia

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

goFARM is a purpose-led, research-driven, high conviction agricultural investor and developer. Their purpose is to deliver the innovation and capital solutions required to propel Australian agriculture’s growth and success.

 

With the climate warming and drying, water inflows into the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia’s most important food bowl, have almost halved over the last 20 years. Food producers must innovate to address the risks arising from water scarcity and deliverability to ensure global food security.

 

goFARM’s Project “Akuna” has invested to deliver a positive impact on on-farm productivity and water use efficiency, at scale. Across more than 7,000 hectares and more than 50,000ML, goFARM’s investment in land use change, farm design, soil regeneration and subsurface drip irrigation technology has delivered more than a doubling in output per unit of water applied. Furthermore, they have reclaimed and recycled obsolete farm infrastructure to reduce the environmental footprint of the project, as well as creating new jobs in northern Victoria.

The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award

Winner: Annette Smith, Acumentis

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

Annette has spent a career in property valuation with a passion to empower and pave the path for more women to excel in a male-dominated industry. The seed for this passion was sown at the start of her career in 1995 as the first female graduate at the Lands Department undertaking rural valuation work in a regional area. After facing the challenge of finding accommodation for a single woman, she knew from this moment on that this had to change.

 

Annette fosters a supportive work culture by promoting the priority of flexible work arrangements at Acumentis, offering team members the ability to have a fulfilling family life and career. She makes the effort to personally connect with team members, no matter what the distance.

 

Annette is a mentor for female valuers and continuously gives back to the Central Queensland community through roles at a range of Planning Boards and Associations.

The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award

Winner: Kym Dreyer

Sponsor: The University of Melbourne

Kym Dreyer has been a trusted property professional in South Australia for over 40 years, working as a Valuer since 1980. He currently manages the Residential Development team as a Director within m3property’s South Australia office. First joining the API in 1980, Kym was awarded a Life Fellowship in 2011.

 

Kym has been an invaluable contributor to the API and the broader property industry by serving on a number of divisional and national committees and panels. He has been responsible for the execution and implementation of professional and technical policy matters on behalf of national API members, as well as helping to develop the Future Property Professionals program.

 

During his 40-year career, Kym has made a significant contribution to the valuation profession. His expertise is held in high regard and he has promoted trust in the industry through accountability and adherence to the highest professional and ethical standards.

2021 Award Finalists

The Australian Property Institute has announced on 11 August 2021 the finalists of its 2021 Excellence in Property Awards, celebrating outstanding achievement in the property profession.

Australian Property Institute CEO Amelia Hodge said the entries received this year were reflective of a diverse and innovative property industry.

We were excited to receive such high calibre entries for the awards. The results were particularly close in a number of categories, making it a very difficult decision for the judges. Congratulations to all the finalists and thank you to our sponsors for your support. The winners will be announced and presented at at our 2021 API National Property Conference.

The finalists of the 2021 Excellence in Property Awards are:

Workplace Diversity and Culture Award
  • Acumentis
  • CBRE
  • Herron Todd White

The Workplace Diversity and Culture Award recognises leadership and excellence from an organisation or government department in promoting diversity and creating a progressive workplace culture for the advancement of the property sector.

Valuation Team of the Year Award
  • CBRE Hotels Valuation Team
  • m3property National Health, Aged Care and Seniors Living Team
  • Opteon’s Commercial Team

The Valuation Team of the Year Award recognises excellence in the application of valuation standards and a commitment to best practice across a valuation team.

Young Property Professional of the Year Award
  • Kate Bingham, Acumentis – WA
  • Andrew Cash, m3property – NSW
  • Will Johnson, Herron Todd White – NT

The Young Professional of the Year Award recognises the outstanding contribution and professional excellence of a young property professional.

Innovation in Property Award
  • goFARM Australia
  • Opteon’s NPS Program
  • WelcomeMat Holdings Pty Ltd

The Innovation in Property Award, sponsored by The University of Melbourne, recognises innovation from an individual, team or organisation in the property sector.

The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award
  • Katherine Bartolo, Valuer General – SA
  • Jacqueline Reiser, CBRE – QLD
  • Annette Smith, Acumentis – QLD

The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award is named after the Australian Property Institute’s first female Member and recognises leadership, professionalism and outstanding property community contribution.

The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award
  • Kym Dreyer, m3property – SA
  • William Reynolds, Opteon – TAS

The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award, named in honour of the first President of the Commonwealth Institute of Valuers (the Australian Property Institute’s original name), and recognises contribution and commitment to the property profession and the community of the Australian Property Institute.

Meet our previous Excellence in Property Award Winners

2020

The winners of the 2020 Excellence in Property Awards were announced on 30 October online.

 

2020 Award Categories and Sponsors2020 Award Winners
Workplace Diversity and Culture Award

Sponsored by Herron Todd White
JLL
Valuation Team of the Year

Sponsored by Marsh Insurance
Valuer General NSW
Young Property Professional of the Year

Sponsored by Griffin Legal
James Paver
Innovation in Property Award

Sponsored by The University of Melbourne
Herron Todd White - National Office Team
The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award

Sponsored by Preston Rowe Paterson
Aleisha Brookes
The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award

Sponsored by ValueCorp
Tyrone Hodge
2019

The winners of the 2019 Excellence in Property Awards were announced 24 October 2019 at the National Property Conference + 10th WAVO Congress.

2019 Award Categories and Sponsors2019 Award Winners
Workplace Diversity and Culture Award

Sponsored by Australian Property Institute Valuers Limited
NAB Property Services Group
Valuation Team of the Year

Sponsored by m3property
Savills
Young Professional of the Year

Valuation Team of the Year

Sponsored by Opteon
Celeste Orange, Westlink Consulting
Innovation in Property Award

Sponsored by The University of Melbourne
CBRE Digital Innovation Team
The Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award

Sponsored by Preston Rowe Paterson
Jacqui Bayles, Herron Todd White
The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award

Sponsored by Valuecorp
Greg Clarke, McGees Property Brisbane
2018

The Australian Property Institute announced the inaugural winners of the revised Excellence in Property Awards at the API National Property Conference on 2 November 2018.

2018 Award Categories and Sponsors2018 Award Winners
Workplace Diversity and Culture Award

Sponsored by Opteon
Genworth Australia
Valuation Team of the Year

Sponsored by Maddocks
Herron Todd White New South Wales, North Coast Commercial Team
Young Professional of the Year

Sponsored by Griffin Legal
Jasmin Poyzer
Innovation in Property Award

Sponsored by Bond University
JLL for their Melbourne Mapping Project
The Lesley Bennett Women in Property
Award

Sponsored by WBP Group
Sandra Peachey
The Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award 

Sponsored by CBRE
Greg Preston