On the Move | October 2018

Property Council New Zealand is pleased to announce that Leonie Freeman has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, effective from early December 2018.

“We’re delighted that after an extensive search, both nationally and internationally, we’ve found someone of Leonie’s calibre and expertise” says Property Council New Zealand National President, John Dakin.


Lawyer Emily Nind (nee Quested) has joined Janine Ballinger, Stephen Brent and Rebecca Clark at RVG Law.

RVG is a startup firm delivering "Really Very Good" property and business law services from their offices in both Christchurch and Queenstown.



GHDWoodhead creativespaces welcomes Marcel van Oosterom and Lauren White to their team.

Lauren White is the Urban Design Technical Lead at GHDWoodhead creativespaces, bringing over 20 years’ experience in Urban Design, and has worked in New Zealand, the UK, South and Central America and Southern Africa. Lauren says "this is an exciting challenge for me to grow as an individual as well as grow GHD's urban design capability. I'm very proud to be part of enabling the expansion of our consultancy offering."

Marcel van Oosterom is the National BIM Lead to GHDWoodhead creativespaces' National Property and Buildings group based in Auckland. Marcel says that joining the company "allows me to pursue my passion for driving collaborative and innovative technologies and processes to ensure we maintain our competitive edge in the global market place."


Samantha Arnold has been appointed as Barfoot & Thompson's General Manager, Property Management. With 20 years’ experience in the residential property management industry, Sam carries invaluable knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the property management business. Sam focuses on  bringing out the best in our people, by listening, recognising and having a true understanding as she believes this is a natural equation to success for our business. She is constantly looking at ways to raise the professional standard within the business as well as the industry to ensure best practice and service for our customers and clients. 

ACENZ has appointed Ida Dowling as its first female President.

ACENZ Chief Executive, Kieran Shaw comments, “Ida was soon recognised for introducing an enthusiastic commitment and fresh new ideas when appointed ACENZ Regional Chair for central Auckland in 2013. She quickly brought a new vitality to our strategic focus upon more engagement with membership young professionals, whilst also encouraging a broad spread of diversity into our member firms. Ida brought the same enthusiasm and all-encompassing values to the ACENZ Board when she later moved up into the Association governance body. We are now very pleased that in becoming the first female President of ACENZ she has proved the merit of those values that she has promoted so well.”

The Building Intelligence Group have added six new employee shareholders to their business, bringing their employee ownership to 15 shareholders. Congratulations to Paul Crum, Raji Rai, Jeremy Wilson, Stephen Threadgall, David Hopkins and Laura Davis.

Congratulations to all of our September/October appointments and good luck in your new role.

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