Diversity in Leadership

In 2019 the National Leadership Series will focus on the theme Strength in Diversity. The API aims to support and encourage diversity, growth and leadership within the property industry by exploring the fascinating journeys of professionals in a range of industries and across business models and sectors. Presented as a breakfast panel discussion, speakers will share the stories of their career paths and what diversity means to them. 


15 August, Stamford Plaza


  • Dr Niki Vincent - SA Commissioner for Equal Opportunity
  • Iain Kemp - National Managing Partner - Industry, Grant Thornton
  • Justin Lokhorst - Director - Business Surveys Transition Lead, Australian Bureau of Statistics


28 August, Parmelia Hilton


  • Katie Liew - Co-Founder, The Underground Collective 
  • Michael Veletta - Senior Director, Valuation & Advisory Services, CBRE
  • To be confirmed


4 September, The Park Hyatt 


  • Mark Browning - Head of NAB Valuations
  • Ro Allen - Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality
  • To be confirmed


6 September, The Brisbane Club


  • Rowan Arndt - Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Boeing Australia
  • Karuna Dimelow - COO, Coronis
  • Sonali Hedditch - International & Indigenous Economic Development, The Difference Incubator, UN Women


10 September, National Gallery of Australia


  • Kate Carnell AO - Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman 
  • Glenn Keys AO - Executive Chairman, Aspen Medical
  • Matthew Shadbolt, National Director - Head of Valuations & Advisory Services ACT, JLL


24 September, L'Aqua Cockle Bay Wharf


  • Kit Wong - Strategic Asset Manager, The Salvation Army
  • Martin Ashton - Senior Valuation Risk Specialist, Genworth
  • To be confirmed


27 September, Novotel Darwin CBD


  • Tracey Hayes - Chairperson, Darwin Waterfront Corporate Board
  • Karen Sheldon - Director, Karen Sheldon Catering
  • Karinda Gill - Director, Abode Homes

Charity Partner: Project Independence

As part of our National Leadership Series and our ongoing commitment to supporting our local community, we will once again be supporting a charity partner for this event. Our 2019 charity partner is Project Independence, and $5 per ticket sold will be donated towards this important cause.

Project Independence (PI) is an innovative social housing development for people with an Intellectual Disability (ID). It represents a new and unique model of homeownership, not only in Australia but also internationally. PI was developed and rolled out in Canberra and provides people with an ID the opportunity to acquire equity in a property, using just their government Disability Support Pension (DSP), whilst learning the life skills and Supported Decision-Making abilities to live as independently as possible. It empowers them to use PI as a stepping stone to move to truly independent living in the broader community and grow beyond social housing as they move up the homeownership ladder.