The Property Council of Australia has announced Managing Director of QIC Real Estate Michael O’Brien as its new National President.

The Property Council represents the leading listed and private organisations that invest in, own, manage and develop property across Australia’s residential and non-residential property sectors.

Over the past 54 years, the Property Council has grown to represent over 2600 corporate members, with an equal number of property professionals actively serving on their Committees around Australia. Mr. O’Brien takes the reins from Charter Hall Managing Director and Group CEO David Harrison who concluded his two-year term at today’s Property Council of Australia board meeting.

With more than 30 years experience in the property industry, Mr O’Brien is responsible for driving real estate investment and business strategy for QIC. Mr. O’Brien said it was an honour to be elected President of the Property Council of Australia and he was committed to further elevating the organisation’s respected advocacy work.

“It is a privilege to be elected by my industry peers to this important role, and to represent an industry that creates more jobs for Australians than any other,” Mr. O’Brien said.

“The property sector shapes how we live, how we work, and our opportunities, and it underpins the strength of our economy, providing jobs in every city, region, and town in Australia.

“I look forward to promoting our thought leadership on real solutions to Australia’s housing, planning, investment and net zero challenges. As a Property Champion of Change, I will also ensure the increasing and welcome diversity of our industry is reflected in our leadership on creating inclusive workforces and workplaces,” he said.

Mr. Harrison will assume the role of Immediate Past President and under the organisation’s constitution, will remain a member the Property Council Board for a further two years in that capacity.

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