The Real Estate Institute of New South Wales has elected Leanne Pilkington as President of the industry body, effective immediately for a two year term.
REINSW CEO Tim McKibbin said Ms Pilkington’s major strength was her ability to connect with people right across the industry.
“Leanne’s charismatic style and strong leadership skills will see her focus on our lobbying efforts,” Mr McKibbin said.
“With more than 25 years experience in the industry she has already demonstrated her ability to put a voice to the wants and needs of the industry.
“A strong advocate for women in the profession, Leanne is the second female President since the establishment of REINSW in 1910 and was a founder of the Real Women in Real Estate group,” Mr McKibbin said.
Leanne is currently the Managing Director of real estate group Laing+Simmons having joined the franchise in 1995. She was elected to the REINSW Board of Directors in 2009.
“I first became involved in the REINSW Board because I was concerned about declining education standards across the industry.
“My lobbying efforts will be focused on improving education and training. I will also look at the level of service that agents provide consumers and am very encouraging of women stepping out from administration roles, where they currently dominate, and into sales and property management.”
Leanne replaces outgoing President John Cunningham who will continue to champion professionalism through his appointment as the chair of the Real Estate Institute of Australia’s Professionalism Committee.
Mr McKibbin paid tribute to John’s two year term as President.
“John has been the driving force in regard to professionalism and will carry on his work through the newly created role at REIA,” Mr McKibbin said.
“The profile of REINSW has grown and prospered under his leadership and we find ourselves in an incredibility strong position.”
Leanne Pilkington, Laing+Simmons
Barry Johnston, Balmoral Partners
Brett Hunter, Raine & Horne Terrigal-Avoca Beach
Peter Matthews, The Agency Neutral Bay
Immediate Past President
John Cunningham, Cunninghams
Alexander (Sandy) Warburton, John Flood Muswellbrook
Andrew Palmer, The Property Shop Mudgee
Christopher Hines, Unrealestate Toormina
Damien Cooley, Cooley Auctions
David Howe, McGrath Estate Agents Northbridge
Ewan Morton, Morton Real Estate Crows Nest
Gary Adamson, Strata Management Services
Linda Rudd, Senior Director at Knight Frank Australia
Lynette Kimball, Fitzpatricks Real Estate Wagga Wagga.