The Property Council of Australia has appointed Kathy Mac Dermott as its new Chief Operating Officer and Chris Mountford as Queensland Executive Director.
Ms Mac Dermott was previously the Queensland Executive Director of the Property Council for the past four years. Her career in property includes 11 years as a property journalist for the Australian Financial Review (including seven as Queensland Bureau Chief) and corporate advisory roles in Brisbane and London.
Chief Executive of the Property Council Ken Morrison said: “Kathy brings more than 25 years’ experience of working in the property industry and has led a highly successful Queensland Division, achieving excellent member and political engagement.
“Most recently she has been very involved in the formation of the Property Male Champions of Change, a national initiative to help increase the number of women in leadership roles and achieve gender equality in our industry.”
“She brings strong communication and change management experience to the COO role.”
Mr Mountford has more than a decade of experience in public policy advocacy and has been the Deputy Executive Director of the Property Council’s Queensland Division for the past four years. His career includes working with the Local Government Association of Queensland and Civil Contractors Federation.
“Chris is an outstanding advocate for the industry and has played a leading role in several recent public policy debates, including the review of Queensland’s infrastructure charges framework,” Mr Morrison said.
“I am confident his appointment will help the Property Council continue to build on our achievements in Queensland and maintain open communication with policy makers at all levels of government.”
The announcement follows recent appointments of new Executive Directors in South Australia and Tasmania and a restructure of the Property Council’s national policy team.
Both appointments are effective immediately.