I Belong in Property: David Bainbridge-Zafar

David Bainbridge Zafar Find out why David Bainbridge-Zafar, Group Manager of Property Services at Dunedin City Council, belongs in property as we continue the #ibelonginproperty series, celebrating the people shaping New Zealand’s cities.

The best part about my job is…

That I’m paid to make the place I live, a better place to live.

Property is…

Essential to how we live our lives. It’s the places we live, work, and play in. And a good house or a good office environment can really make a huge difference to people’s quality of life.

I choose to work in property because…

It allows me the opportunity to do loads of different things, and to have positive impacts on loads of different people. From creating great places for students to study to providing shelter to people without a home, or providing a place for communities to come together.

My three workday essentials are…

A good breakfast, a check-in with my colleagues in the morning, and a walk in the fresh air in the afternoon.

My typical day at work…

Very varied; working for a city council, you never know what your residents will throw at you! Lots of emails, lots of reports to write/read/review, and lots of meetings.

My most valuable skill…

A sense of humour, along with a sense of perspective, helps you stay calm (and sane!).

My biggest career lesson…

To think long term. Buildings can take a long time to plan, design and build, and in the public sector, things rarely move fast. Take your time to plan, and look at the bigger picture.

My childhood dream…

Was to play test cricket, could still happen . . .

My biggest inspiration…

My team. To see so many dedicated hard-working professionals trying to make a difference day in, day out, you have to step up and join them.

My downtime is spent…

Exploring the beautiful Otago region by bike or on foot, playing sport, and studying for my doctorate.

The one piece of advice I’d give to someone considering property as a career…

Do it! And ask for help! People want to help people, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

 

Help us create an industry where we all belong

Property Council is committed to showcasing property as a diverse, dynamic, and interesting sector to work in. We want to attract and retain the best talent while sharing the stories of our city-shaping members. Contact us with your answers to the above questions, along with a photograph at comms@propertynz.co.nz to be considered for the #ibelonginproperty series.

 

 

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