Nominations for the Property Council New Zealand elections are open until Tuesday 8 August, with members from throughout the country invited to put forward their nomination for a place on our hotly contested regional and national committees.
The foundation of Property Council’s success is the industry volunteers who contribute their intellect, experience and time through our committees.
Committee members help shape our advocacy, networking, professional development and research work. This commitment to the Property Council and contribution to the industry is greatly valued.
There are many benefits to greater involvement and commitment, including:
- Demonstrating leadership within your organisation and your industry
- Providing insight into important issues that impact the property industry and your organisation
- Working with and learning from your peers; building constructive relationships based on mutual interests
- Formulating and presenting your position on issues and to learn from others’ perspectives
- Demonstrating expertise and experience through involvement in substantive issues
- Increasing the profile and professional development for you and your organisation, and
- Relationship building with other Committee Members and stakeholders such as local and central government representatives.
What makes a good Board or Committee?
A good committee debates issues from a range of perspectives. It needs a mix of strengths, with each member contributing something unique and valuable to the culture and vision of the group.
Committee members also bring their individual experience and networks. Having a diverse Board or Committee means we capture a range of viewpoints and make better decisions – we’re looking for diversity of thought, disciplines, ages and career stages, as well as gender and ethnicity.
Outside of that, we expect committee members to be well prepared for meetings and discussions, to contribute and actively engage with the purpose and key initiatives of their respective committee.
Following a governance refresh in 2021, Property Council’s committee elections are now a transparent and straightforward process, with the timeline for 2023 as follows:
- Monday 24 July – Nominations open
- Tuesday 8 August – Nominations close
- Monday 14 August – Voting opens for eligible voters
Note: Each member company has ONE eligible voter per region. If you are the designated voter for your company, you will be contacted directly by our governance team and provided with a voting pack.
- Wednesday 30 August – Voting closes
- Thursday 14 September – Candidates informed of the election results
- Friday 15 September – Appointments announced at the Property Council Annual General Meeting
- October – Committee induction
- Wednesday 1 November – Two-year committee term commences
This year, we have the following committee vacancies up for election:
The Retail Committee (previously known as the New Zealand Council of Retail Property) represent the owners of over 100 retail properties and shopping centres, with 5,000+ tenants. The committee provides a unified voice for our members, banding together to advocate on legislative and regulatory challenges, to provide a strong voice for the industry, and to ensure retail is recognised as a significant contributor to the New Zealand economy.
Made up of up to 15 members, this committee drives our initiatives in the retail property space and is integral to the programme development of our annual Retail Conference. It is supported by a dedicated committee manager and has the backing of Property Council’s national office advocacy, membership, events and support staff.
For the 2023/24 term, this committee has up to 10 vacancies.
- Michael Sweetman, Precinct Properties (Chair)
- Ken Moore, Retail Solutions
- Vaughan Ludlam, Oyster Group
- Shelley Jenkin, Kiwi Property
- Katherine Ellington, Woolworths NZ
- Jarrod Reilly, Colliers
- Fiona Cameron, Dexus
- Jenna Adamson, Wynn Williams
- Jan Walker, Shore City Shopping Centre
- Justin Kean, Scentre Group
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee lead initiatives that bring the industry together and move us forward. This committee is passionate about creating an industry that embraces diversity, attracts the best talent, and champions inclusion. Improving diversity across our industry will have many long-term benefits and many individual members are making significant progress in this area.
Made up of 15 members, this committee is the driving force behind our continuing journey of inclusion. It is supported by a dedicated committee manager and has the backing of Property Council’s national office advocacy, membership, events and support staff.
For the 2023/24 term, this committee has up to 12 vacancies.
- Lauren Joyce, Precinct Properties (Co-Chair)
- Ashley Bray, Colliers (Co-Chair)
- Amanda Spratt, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
- Joanna den Hollander, Ngāi Tahu Property
- Edith Boettcher, The Woolstore Management
- Kristen Neri, Taylors
- Jonathan Manns, JLL
- Mandy Waldin, Goodman Property
- Kerryn Strong, Oyster Property Group
- Lizzi Whaley, Spaceworks
- Steffi McKeown, TwentyTwo
- Kendra Wilson, Russell McVeagh
- Karen Papp, Schindler Lifts
Our Regional Committees set local advocacy priorities and champion the property industry within the local region. Each committee works closely with their Committee Manager and an Events Sub-Committee to deliver event and membership services.
Auckland Regional Committee
The Auckland Regional Committee is based out of Auckland and covers the greater Auckland and Northland areas. Made up of 15 members, the committee is supported by a full time Auckland Regional Manager and has the backing of Property Council’s national office advocacy, membership and support staff.
For the 2023/24 term, this committee has up to 7 vacancies.
This committee has been chaired by Martin Cooper of Cooper and Associates for the past two years with incredible support from the committee members listed below.
- Martin Cooper, Cooper and Associates
- Andrew Hay, Stride Property
- Anna Hill, Jasmax
- Chris Mackenzie, Holmes Group
- Daniel Shao, Woolworths
- Francie Lawson, Beca
- Helen O’Sullivan, Simplicity Living
- Craig Coote, Dexus
- Graeme Birkhead, Graeme Birkhead Consulting
- Gavin Read, JLL
- Jaine Lovell-Gadd, Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities
- David Schwartfeger, Kiwi Property
- Nicky Harrison, PwC
- Patrick Fontein, Studio D4
- Davida Dunphy, Wynn Williams
- Divya Purushotham, Warren & Mahoney
Central Regional Committee
The Central Regional Committee is based out of Hamilton and covers the greater Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Taupo areas. The committee is made up of 15 members, with a split of 40% of seats reserved for representatives from the Bay of Plenty, 40% for those based in the Waikato and 20% from either area. The region is supported by a full time Central Regional Manager based in Hamilton, with the backing of Property Council’s national office advocacy, membership and support staff, and delivers services and events in both the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.
For the 2023/24 term, this committee has up to 9 vacancies.
This committee is chaired by Morgan Jones of Veros with incredible support from the committee members listed below.
- Morgan Jones, Veros Property
- Bevan Houlbrooke, CKL NZ Ltd
- Colette McCartney, GHD Ltd
- Emily Cleland, HD Geo
- Gary Herbert, Pukeroa Property Management Ltd
- Graeme Ward, RDT Pacific
- Jane Hill, Chow:Hill Architects
- Joan Forret, Harkness Henry
- Joel Murphy, Holland Beckett Lawyers
- Lloyd Stephenson, Fosters
- Peter McCawe, Hawkins/Downer
- Scott Adams, Carrus
- Simon Litten, Naylor Love
- Steve Cutfield, Classic Group
- Todd Jones, Greenstone Group
Wellington Regional Committee
The Wellington Regional Committee is based out of Wellington and covers the greater Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Manawatu areas. Made up of up to 15 members, the committee is supported by a full time Wellington Regional Manager and has the backing of Property Council’s national office advocacy, membership and support staff.
For the 2023/24 term, this committee has up to 8 vacancies.
This committee has been chaired by Gerard Earl of Colliers for the past two years with incredible support from the committee members listed below.
- Gerard Earl, Colliers
- Paul Robinson, The Woolstore Management
- Simone Wootton, Darroch Property Advisors & Valuers
- Grant Heighway, Colliers
- David Jones, Stellar Projects
- Shamus O’Halloran, Argosy
- Melissa McGhie, Rolle Consultancy & Management Ltd
- Aaron Taylor, BNZ
- Sumukh Paranjpe, Stride Property
- Matthew Plummer, Beca
- Polly Larkman, Colliers
- Anna Allen, KiwiRail
- Denis Wood, Munro Benge
South Island Regional Committee
The South Island Regional Committee is primarily based out of Christchurch and covers the breadth of the South Island, Chatham Islands and Stewart Island, with an Otago Sub-Committee operating out of Dunedin that helps bring services and events to members in the Otago region. The South Island Regional Committee is made up of 15 members, with a minimum of two seats reserved for representatives from Otago and Canterbury, with the rest available to members based in either region. The committee is supported by a full time South Island Regional Manager based in Christchurch and has the backing of Property Council’s national office advocacy, membership and support staff.
For the 2023/24 term, this committee has 7 vacancies.
This committee has been chaired by James Riddoch of Greenwood Roche for the past four years with incredible support from the committee members listed below.
- James Riddoch, Greenwood Roche
- Alan Prescott, Harmans Lawyers
- Alistair Pearson, Lincoln University
- Antony Gough, The Terrace
- Bruce Rendall, Christchurch City Council
- Dean Macaulay/Tanya Syddall, University of Otago
- Graeme McDonald, JLL
- Ian French, Hawkins
- Louise Tucker, Aecom
- Roger Davidson, Carter Group
- Sharon Knowles, Anderson Lloyd
- Simon Taylor, Cosgroves
- Steven van der Pol, Van der Pol Consulting
- Tom Chatterton, Rider Levett Bucknall
- Vanessa Carswell, Jasmax
There is also the opportunity for members to put forward nominations for Property Council’s National Board, which guides the organisation’s strategic direction, in close consultation with the Advisory Group, National and Regional Committees, and members.
Board members need to be able to:
- take a strategic view, while understanding key operational matters
- be well prepared and informed – and ready to constructively engage
- have respect for others, and see others’ points of view
- solve problems creatively
- appreciate commercial issues and risk
- focus on accountability and transparency in monitoring compliance and performance
- act in good faith and in the best interests of the organisation.
Being on the Board means:
- a chance to give back to the industry
- guiding Property Council New Zealand’s strategy and providing strong governance
- a chance to contribute to a range of perspectives.
For the 2023/24 term, the National Board has 3 vacancies.
If you are interested in nominating yourself for a Director position on Property Council’s National Board, we recommend that you contact us to put you in touch with Property Council’s National Chair prior to submitting your nomination. This conversation will help you to understand the duties of the position and the expected level of commitment. The National Board is appointed / elected by Property Council’s Industry Leaders.
- Scott Pritchard, Chief Executive, Precinct Properties (Chair and Industry Leader – Owner/Developer representative)
- Patrick Dougherty, GM Construction and Innovation, Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities (Industry Leader – Owner/Developer representative)
- Clive Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Kiwi Property (Industry Leader – Owner/Developer representative)
- Anna Crosbie, Partner, Russell McVeagh (Industry Leader – Construction, Property Services and Professionals representative)
- Mark Thomson, Chief Commercial Officer, Auckland Airport (Industry Leader – Owner/Developer representative)
- Angela Bull, Consultant, Tramco (Industry Member representative)
- James Riddoch, Partner, Greenwood Roche (Regional Chair representative)
To proceed with a nomination to the National Board, please contact the Head of Operations, Rona Miller.