The Property Council has attracted and nurtured some of our industry’s – and indeed our nation’s – distinguished leaders, not the least of all our present Prime Minister.
Australia’s 30th and current Prime Minister Scott Morrison spent six years working in policy, research and advocacy roles with the Property Council before moving into to the tourism sector in 1995. For the next 12 years, he would lead various peak tourism bodies. In 2007, Morrison was elected to the House of Representatives in the seat of Cook. Rising rapidly through the ranks, Morrison was appointed
minister for immigration and border protection in 2013. The following year he became minister for social services and was promoted to the role of treasurer in 2015. In 2018, Morrison was elected leader of the Liberal Party and led the Coalition to victory in the 2019 election.
At the state level, the Hon Stirling Hinchcliffe who is the Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs was a policy researcher for the Queensland division prior to his election to state parliament in 2006. Felicity Wilson who is now the Member for North Shore in the NSW Parliament was the NSW deputy executive director prior to her election in 2017.
Melbourne’s lord mayor, Sally Capp was the Property Council’s Victorian executive director for nearly two years before putting her hand up for a political career. Today, Capp is a champion of the engine room of Victoria’s economy; a quarter of the state’s wealth is generated within the 36 square kilometers that she oversees.
CEO of Infrastructure Australia, Romilly Madew AO was the Property Council’s ACT executive from 2002 to 2004. She led the Council's early sustainability work before being seconded to support the nascent Green Building Council of Australia in 2005. Appointed CEO the following year, Madew positioned the GBCA and Australia’s property industry as an international leader in sustainable buildings and communities. Today she leads Australia’s independent infrastructure advisor.
Simon Draper, Infrastructure NSW’s chief executive, spent several years in his early career with the Property Council. He has extensive senior executive management experience in infrastructure and utilities. He was managing director of Lumo Energy, CEO of Wellington Airport in New Zealand, general manager at Integral Energy and CEO of Northern Territory Airports.
Trevor Cooke, now CEO of Commercial & General, was the executive director of the Property Council's International and Capital Markets Division from 2000 to 2008. Cooke spent four years leading AMP Capital Investors after leaving the Property Council, as well as time with QIC, UBS and the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association
Adrian Harrington is head of capital and product development at Charter Hall, joining the company following the acquisition of Folkestone. Harrington's property career started at the Property Council, where he was head of research until 1997. Joining forces with property luminary Greg Paramor, Harrington played pivotal roles several of Paramor's vehicles, including James Fielding Group, Equity Real Estate Partners and Folkestone. Today, Harrington is a non-executive director of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation and chair of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
The Property Council’s former national government relations manager, Troy Bramston is now a senior writer and columnist with The Australian and a contributor to Sky News. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics, Paul Keating: The Big-Picture Leader and Rudd, Gillard and Beyond. Bramston has worked as a policy and political adviser, as a principal speechwriter for Kevin Rudd and an adviser to the Rudd government.
The Property Council's national research manager from 1986 to 1989, Rob Fitzpatrick went on to lead Australia's first online grocery store, ShopFast, and later led the peak body for the digital sector, the Australian Information Industry Association. Today, Fitzpatrick is CEO of Gelion Technologies, a spin-out of the University of Sydney with novel battery technology.