Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

AF­TER more than a decade with the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of WA, David Airey re­tired from the In­sti­tute’s gov­ern­ing board on Septem­ber 24 at its An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing.

He steps down af­ter serv­ing the max­i­mum 12 years as lim­ited by the REIWA con­sti­tu­tion and is the first pres­i­dent in the In­sti­tute's 97 years to serve a con­sec­u­tive four-year term.

“This has been won­der­ful and re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me and I leave the Coun­cil and pres­i­dency in the hands of tal­ented and ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple, sup­ported by CEO Neville Pozzi and the ex­cel­lent REIWA staff,” Mr Airey said.

“Not only has REIWA’s fi­nan­cial po­si­tion strength­ened, but it has de­vel­oped a new smarter, stronger web site for mem­bers, in­creased and im­proved the range of ser­vices pro­vided to mem­bers and runs the big­gest and best real es­tate con­fer­ences in the coun­try.

“My pas­sion for pro­mot­ing REIWA in the media is sure to be con­tin­ued by my suc­ces­sor; it’s through this medium that REIWA’s public per­cep­tion has im­proved so markedly.

“This has not gone un­no­ticed by the State Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion with whom we now en­joy a very strong work­ing re­la­tion­ship which in­cludes po­si­tions for REIWA on the Prop­erty In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Board and on­go­ing di­a­logue with our in­dus­try reg­u­la­tor the Depart­ment of Com­merce.”

Mr Airey said while these achieve­ments hap­pened un­der his watch it had been a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with his team.

“My only dis­ap­point­ment is that I've not been able to bring about the boom prop­erty con­di­tions the eastern states con­tinue to en­joy,” he said.

“I would have just been happy with some strong mar­ket im­prove­ment – I'm sure that’s just around the cor­ner.”

Mr Airey will con­tinue to be ac­tively in­volved in the in­dus­try through his Clare­mont­based busi­ness Airey Real Es­tate.

Also step­ping down at the meet­ing was long-serv­ing coun­cil­lor Ian Cor­nell, and two new coun­cil­lors – Suzanne Brown from Ren­twest and Rory Trot­ter from Force Real Es­tate – were elected.

The REIWA Coun­cil, which de­ter­mines the pol­icy gov­er­nance of the In­sti­tute and man­ages the strate­gic di­rec­tion of its busi­ness units, will meet again this month to elect of­fice bear­ers.

De­part­ing pres­i­dent David Airey.

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