Emerging Leaders Programme

Help develop the talent pipeline

The Property Council New Zealand Emerging Leaders Programme (ELP) kicked off in 2019 as an exclusive opportunity to those who are employed by Property Council member companies. In 2020, we will match 15 mentoring pairs 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. 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.

"The training day was fantastic; it was great to meet the other mentors and mentees. Although I have been involved in mentoring programmes before, I have never had any training to be a mentor, so it was great to get some development in this space."

Rebecca MacDonald

2019 Mentor

“I’ve always been quite fond of the saying “women can’t be what they don’t see”. However, I didn’t realise how much of an impact it has until I experienced it first-hand. Reflective of the projects I’d been working on in my short career, I hadn’t yet been exposed to many female project managers in the industry, which resulted in deficits in evaluating and benchmarking myself within the same professional context to some of my colleagues. I didn’t realise how much of a void this was until I was paired with my mentor.”

Gracen Luka

2019 Mentee

2020 Mentoring Pairs

Congratulations to our previous mentoring pairs:



Andrew Monteith
Partner, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Ben Laing
Commercial Sales & Leasing Broker, Bayleys
Davina Henderson
Director Commercial, Colliers Real Estate
Liv Scott
Property Portfolio Manager, Spark
Gerard Earle
Director, Colliers International
Sarah Harrow
Property Manager, The Red Raspberry Ltd
James Green
Senior Quantity Surveyor, Hampton Jones
Kristin Read
Facilities Co-ordinator, Dunedin City Council
Joanna Hollander
National Asset Manager, Ngai Tahu Property Trust
Sarah Clarke
Operations Manager, Clarke & Haack Construction
Kimberley Richards
Director – Investment Sales & Capital Transactions, Goodman
Angus Grayson
Senior Solicitor, Buddle Findlay
Kyle Mingins
Associate, DCF Management
Matt Thompson
Property Manager, Colliers International
Linda Trainer
GM Asset Management, Kiwi Property
Anna Radovonich
Property Finance Assistant, ASB
Pat Gavaghan
GM Property & Development, Hugh Green Group
Michael Bennett
Lawyer, Greenwood Roche
Paul Winstanley
Senior Director – Head of Research & Consultancy, JLL
Dao Nguyen
Land Advisor, Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities
Peter Easing
Managing Director, Pacific Environments
Wendy Ryan
Registered Architect, Respond Architects
Phil Eaton
Managing Director, Greenstone Group
Tom Barclay
Associate Director, PwC Advisory Services
Steve Penney
GM Investment, Stride Property
Andrew Davie
Property and Construction Solicitor, Russell McVeagh
Tony Doile
Director, Armstrong Downes Commercial
Jessica Robbilard
Project Manager, Greenstone Group
Vanessa Carswell
Principal Architect, Jasmax
Ashleigh Duke
Senior Project Manager, JLL


2021 Intake

We will be doing it all again in 2021 – watch this space!

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 Date TBC
    Note: Mentees must also provide their current CV.
  3. All applicants will be advised whether they have a place on the programme in Date TBC.

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.

  • The programme is priced at $295 + GST for mentees. This fee is only charged upon successful application.
  • There is no charge to mentors to participate in the programme as they are generously giving up their time.
  • 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 time commitment, the programme also requires compulsory attendance to a half-day online mentor and mentee training facilitated by the New Zealand Coaching and Mentoring Centre. This session will run in Date TBC as separate sessions (8:30am – 12 noon for mentors and 9:00am – 12 noon for mentees). Then at 12:45/1:00pm, the mentee will contact the mentor for their first ‘touch base’ session.
  • As this is the second year of the programme 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, JLL, who not only help fund the programme, but have come on board as a true partner, sharing their expertise and industry knowledge.


For all queries please contact:

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