Emerging Leaders Programme

The leadership programme you've been waiting for

The Property Council New Zealand Emerging Leaders Programme (ELP) is a new initiative exclusive to those who are employed by Property Council member companies. Ten mentoring pairs (ten mentors and ten mentees) will be matched to share knowledge and extend networks with the aim of developing future leaders in the property industry. Mentees will be young professionals with 3-8 years industry experience, while mentors will be industry leaders with a minimum of 12 years’ experience (this may not necessarily be the CEO or top-level management, but is open to those with sufficient experience and enthusiasm to volunteer their time). 

To support the programme, we have contracted the New Zealand Coaching and Mentoring Centre to provide expert training for our group of mentees and mentors and developed a schedule of touch points throughout the year to ensure all participants are getting maximum value out of the programme. This inaugural year we will also be working closely with participants and our Programme Partner, Precinct Properties, to fine tune the offering over the next 12 months. Long-term, we envisage this programme growing to be a respected and sought-after mentorship exchange.

Our aim is to enable mentors with strong leadership, management and diverse industry experience to pass on their knowledge to those at the beginning of their property career. Mentees will have the opportunity to develop new skills and enhance career development, while mentors will cement their position as property experts and industry leaders, gain fresh perspectives from emerging talent and access greater diversity of thought by staying in touch with issues relevant to industry growth.

Mentoring Pairs 2019

The Emerging Leaders Panel were overwhelmed by the interest in the programme and the standard of applicants, with over 100 applications received from across New Zealand.

Pairs were matched based on their location and specific interests; for example, an architecture graduate wanting to learn more about property development was then matched with a developer in their city rather than an architect as it was acknowedged that they would be likely to get more value out of training that was not available within their workplace or discipline.

"Often a mismatch of expertise or location meant that we were unable to match some very worthy applicants, a dilemma we hope to rectify in future years as we are able to expand the programme" says Property Council's membership manager Harry Wright.

Mentoring pairs for 2019 are:



Andrew Brown
Wilshire Group
Charlie Todd
Property Valuer
Andrew Crosby
Vice GM
Universal Homes
Caity Pask
Senior Analyst
Colliers International
Jane Holland
Bell Gully
Laura Conquer
Leasing Executive
Colliers International
Rebecca MacDonald
Senior Manager Design & Construction
Air New Zealand
Gracen Luka
Jnr Project Manager
HRL Morrison & Co.
Lauren Riley
GM Retail - Commercial Bay
Precinct Properties
Roxanne Kirkpatrick
Architectural Graduate
Eclipse Architecture
Warren Cate
Asset Manager
Argosy Property
Sarah Bougen
Development Coordinator
Kiwi Property
Peter Rickard-Green
Technical Director
Matthew Scott
Project Manager
Graeme McDonald
Michael Simcock
Structural Engineer
Calibre Consulting
Gerard Earl
Director - Wellington
Colliers International
Lewis England
Registered Valuer
Malcolm Watson
Senior Manager Property Services
NZ Transport Agency
Holly Hill
Senior Solicitor
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Those applicants who were unable to be matched this year are invited to apply again next year, when Property Council hopes to expand the pool of mentors and mentees and make the programme more widely available.

Congratulations to all of our 2019 mentors and mentees - we look forward to seeing you for Training Day on 24 May!

Key dates 2019

18 February Mentor and mentee applications open
15 March Applications close
1 April Mentors and mentees confirmed and announced
24 MayTraining day and programme launch
May 2020Programme ends


How to apply


  1. Read more about the programme and its Code of Conduct
  2. Complete an application form and send it to harry@propertynz.co.nz by 15 March 2019
    Note: Mentees must also provide their current CV.
  3. All applicants will be advised whether they have a place on the programme in late-March.


Notes for applicants

Please note that an application for the Property Council Emerging Leaders Programme is not a guarantee of a placement. Once the initial application has been received, Property Council will contact you regarding the next phase of the process.

  • Being accepted in the programme is a great achievement, but with this comes an expectation of time commitment and responsibility to the programme. The minimum time requirement is one hour per month, ideally with a face to face meeting. Both mentees and mentors need to commit to the programme and be comfortable communicating with each other.
  • Further to the monthly commitment, the programme also requires compulsory attendance to a day of mentor and mentee training in Auckland on 24 May, facilitated by the New Zealand Coaching and Mentoring Centre. This also offers the opportunity for mentoring pairs to meet in person for the first time over lunch.The costs of attending this training will not be covered by the programme and will be the responsibility of the attendee.
  • As this is a new initiative you will receive touch point communications from Property Council throughout the course of the mentoring programme, to gauge how your mentoring relationship is progressing, the levels of satisfaction from both parties and how we can build on its existing format for future participants.


Thank you

The Emerging Leaders Programme would not be possible without the support of our industry partner, Precinct Properties, who not only help fund the programme, but have come on board as a true partner, sharing their expertise and industry knowledge with enthusiasm.  

To find out more about Precinct Property's culture and career opportunities, click here.



For all queries or concerns, please contact:

Harry Wright
Membership Manager
T 09 373 3546
E harry@propertynz.co.nz