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Executive Team Biographies

Ken Morrison, Chief Executive

Ken Morrison is the Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, the national representative of the property industry. The property industry employs 1.1 million Australians, accounts for 9% of GDP, and 14.1 million Australians have a stake in property through their super fund. Ken is a Property Male Champion of Change, working to achieve a significant and sustainable increase in the number of women in leadership roles, a director of the Green Building Council of Australia, and sits on the executive committees of the Business Coalition for Tax Reform and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. He is passionate about the future of our cities and has played a significant role in shaping tax, planning and infrastructure policy for over a decade. Before taking up his current position in 2014, Ken was the Chief Executive of the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF), the peak CEO forum for the tourism, aviation and transport sectors. Prior to this Ken held several executive positions at the Property Council of Australia, including Chief Operating Officer and NSW Executive Director. Ken holds degrees from UNSW and UTS, and has undertaken courses at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Harvard Business School.

Kathy Mac Dermott, Chief Operating Officer

Kathy Mac Dermott is Chief Operating Officer at the Property Council of Australia. Kathy joined the business in 2010 as Executive Director, Queensland Division, and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Kathy has over 11 years’ experience as a property journalist for the Australian Financial Review, including seven as Queensland Bureau Chief. She has also worked extensively in corporate advisory roles, specialising in property, in Australia and London for more than two decades. Kathy is the program director of the Property Male Champions of Change. She holds a degree from QUT and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Glenn Byres, Chief of Policy and Housing

Glenn Byres is Chief of Policy and Housing at the Property Council, where he helps drive the organisation’s policy and advocacy on critical issues, including residential markets. He also adds to the Property Council’s strong public voice as a regular media commentary on issues affecting the industry and housing markets. Prior to his appointment as Chief of Policy and Housing, Glenn served as the NSW Executive Director. Glenn has a background across the public and private sectors and currently sits on a host of government working groups and roundtables.

Adina Cirson, ACT Executive Director

Adina Cirson is the ACT Executive Director and has extensive experience working in public policy and communications in Canberra for nearly 15 years. Adina worked federally for Senator Kate Lundy for four years before her move to the ACT Government in 2006, working for Chief Minister Jon Stanhope on affordable housing, climate change and water security policy. Following this role, Adina was senior communications consultant to ACTEW’s Water Security Major Projects, with a focus on community engagement and stakeholder management. Adina commenced work with ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher as her Director of Communications in 2011, and in 2014 was appointed Chief of Staff to the Minister for Planning, Land Management and Urban Renewal Mick Gentleman. Adina holds a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) Degree and is currently studying a Master of Juris Doctor (Postgraduate Law) at the University of Canberra.

Jane Fitzgerald, NSW Executive Director

Jane Fitzgerald is Executive Director of the New South Wales Division of the Property Council of Australia, leading the advocacy agenda at a time of enormous investment and change in the sector. Prior to her appointment, Jane was a senior executive with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and, amongst other roles, was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. Previously, Jane was the Deputy Director-General of the NSW Ministry for Police and chief of staff to two ministers in the NSW Government. Jane has a law degree and an arts degree majoring in politics from the University of NSW. She is also a moderator with the Cranlana Programme, an independent organisation with a broad objective to cultivate wisdom in leadership.

Daniel Gannon, SA Executive Director

Daniel Gannon is South Australian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. In this role, Daniel champions the Property Council’s policy and advocacy settings, and leads the commercial activities in South Australia. Prior to commencing in his current position, Daniel was the Director of Media & Communications to the State Leader of the Opposition, and held other senior positions over a nine year period. Daniel has extensive experience in corporate affairs, media and communications, holding senior positions in these fields throughout his career. He has represented the property sector on State and Local Government advisory and policy review committees. A board member of Renew Adelaide – a not-for-profit organisation that has been developing creative enterprise in vacant space – Daniel holds an Honours and Masters degree from the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. He also boasts a familial connection to the property sector through his family’s retirement village business, which started building retirement communities in the 1980s.

Joanne Gullick, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Jo Gullick is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at the Property Council if Australia. Jo has over 25 years’ experience in finance and corporate governance having previously worked in a broad range of industries including: a not-for-profit employer membership group; an ASX publicly listed company; the performing arts; retail; and chartered accountancy. Her most recent experience was as at the Australian Industry Group where she headed up the finance team for almost a decade. She has sat on a number of boards in her capacity as company secretary. Jo holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University. She is also a Certified Practicing Accountant and has obtained a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.

Helen Harms, Head of Technology and Innovation

Helen Harms is the Property Council of Australia’s Head of Technology and Digital Innovation. Prior to commencing in this position, Helen was Head of Systems Development at HCF where she was responsible for software development across HCF’s digital platforms and core systems. As a Senior Information Technology Executive, Helen also has extensive experience in driving change across organisations in the wealth management and banking sectors throughout Australia and previously held the roles of CIO at StatePlus and Head of IT Service Delivery at Westpac’s institutional bank. Helen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Science from the University of South Australian and an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW.

Lino Iacomella, WA Executive Director

Lino Iacomella was appointed Western Australian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia in 2016. In this role, Lino develops and implements the Property Council’s strategic plan and objectives, advocacy agenda and member services in WA, and represents the views of members on a range of issues, including planning, taxation and general economic development. Prior to his current position at the Property Council, Lino was the WA Deputy Executive Director of the Property Council and prior to that, the Director of Policy and Research at the Real Estate Institute of WA. Lino is a member of a number of boards and committees, including the Australian Urban Design Research Centre board; Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Central Land Redevelopment Committee; Building Commission Stakeholder Advisory Committee; and the State Graffiti Taskforce.

Christopher Mountford, QLD Executive Director

Chris Mountford is the Queensland Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. In this role Chris leads the Property Council’s policy, government advocacy and commercial activities in Queensland. Prior to commencing in this position, Chris was the QLD Deputy Executive Director for nearly six years. He has represented the property industry on numerous State and local government advisory and policy review committees. Prior to joining the Property Council, Chris held roles with the Civil Contractors Federation and Local Government Association of Queensland. He has more than a decade’s experience in member based advocacy organisations and government relations. Chris holds degrees from the University of Queensland, and is a member of the Queensland Board of Advisors for the Property Industry Foundation – a charity that raises funds to support young people at risk of homelessness.

Sandra Rouco, Head of People and Culture

Sandra Rouco is the Property Council of Australia’s Head of People and Culture. Sandra is an internationally experienced HR executive, with expertise in organisational development and cultural transformation. Prior to joining the organisation, Sandra worked in the health, research and policy sector. She was responsible for driving cultural transformation in her role as Director, People, Learning & Culture at Cancer Council NSW.  During her seven years with Westpac Banking Corporation, she held numerous roles responsible for leadership, culture and talent. Sandra has extensive experience in human resources consulting; working across a wide range of private and public sector client organisations in the areas of culture, leadership development and talent management. Sandra holds a degree from Macquarie University, and is a registered practicing Psychologist. She is also a certified professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI).

Brian Wightman, TAS Executive Director

Brian Wightman is the Tasmanian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia and former Attorney General for Tasmania. As Executive Director, Brian leads the Property Council’s policy development, advocacy and public affairs for the state. He also undertakes considerable stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and provides media commentary. Prior to this appointment, Brian ran a youth charity and; was a minister in the Tasmanian Labor government for four years, serving in justice, environment and heritage portfolios. Brian also has experience in the education sector, working as a school principal before his political tenure. Brian holds a Masters Degree from the University of Tasmania and has interests in leadership, education, program and volunteer management, policy and community engagement.
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