Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

DETHRIDGE Groves Real Es­tate prin­ci­pal Hay­den Groves was last week elected the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of WA’s (REIWA) new pres­i­dent.

His elec­tion fol­lows the de­par­ture of David Airey from the REIWA coun­cil af­ter four years in the top job.

Orig­i­nally from Vic­to­ria, Mr Groves moved to WA in 1993 af­ter com­plet­ing his stud­ies at Monash Univer­sity.

He sub­se­quently mar­ried Perth lo­cal Philippa Col­gan, bought a real es­tate busi­ness and is help­ing to raise four chil­dren.

Along with his tri­en­nial li­cence, Mr Groves holds an hon­ours de­gree in pol­i­tics, has stud­ied law and is a li­censed auc­tion­eer.

He started as a sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive with John Dethridge & Co, a long-stand­ing and suc­cess­ful Fre­man­tle-based agency.

Mr Groves has served on the REIWA coun­cil since 2010 and was elected deputy pres­i­dent in Oc­to­ber, 2013. He is also the deputy pres­i­dent of the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia.

As the im­me­di­ate past­pres­i­dent of the Real Es­tate Em­ployer’s Fed­er­a­tion of WA, Mr Groves has a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in em­ployer/em­ployee re­la­tions.

Mr Groves paid trib­ute to Mr Airey, who helped es­tab­lish a strong pro­file for REIWA in re­cent years.

“It’s clear that while the WA mar­ket will be rel­a­tively soft for the next year or so, I want to en­sure that REIWA mem­bers and the gen­eral pub­lic get the best ser­vices and prop­erty in­for­ma­tion they can as they ne­go­ti­ate this un­cer­tain pe­riod,” he said.

New REIWA Pres­i­dent Hay­den Groves.

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