JLL mortgages services managing director Bart Mead is one of the candidates seeking to be elected to the board of the Australian Property Institute (API).
Australian Property Journal spoke to Mead to find out why he is seeking to be elected to the API board.
Mead said he wants to help the API rebuild the relevance of the profession.
He said he understands the issues that have resulted in the current predicament but believes this can be change.
- What is your interest to come on board with the Australian Property Institute?
I have been a member of the API for over 30 years and a member of the QLD Divisional Council for 6 years. I believe in the organisation and the profession and want to be able to contribute positively to ensure we keep rebuilding our relevance.
- What financial experience or expertise do you bring to the API?
I have managed and run a successful local, state and national valuation business through strong growth and diversification. This required a detailed and in depth understanding of the financial fundamentals of business, along with the constant day to day financial management, capital management for future growth and tax management.
- What governance experience do you bring to the API?
I have worked on boards for private companies, financial institutions and not for profits where Governance was critical to their success. Therefore I have over 15 years of Board level governance experience.
- What strategic planning experience do you bring to the API?
The core of my roll for the past 15 years within the Valuation profession and the Boards that I have served on, was centred on strategy. All organisations were focused on growth and adapting to changing market conditions and technological advancements. Therefore strategic planning is engrained into my DNA, which is essential in our ever changing world.
- To further pursue API’s strategic direction, it would be of great benefit if prospective Directors could contribute advocacy, policy and/or digital communications experience to the Board. What is your experience in one or more of these areas?
I am strong in Advocacy and Digital. I believe we must fight for the advancement of our profession and that this fight will be won, not by whinging and complaining, rather by being able to promote our value to our clients , the economy and the public in a strong and articulate adversarial way. I am currently working on global digital platforms and products within my current organisation, which results in new learnings every day from my exposure to different technologies, different markets, different thinking and from businesses and countries around the world being at different stages.
- In general, what can you bring to the API and why should members elect you?
A strong belief in our profession and a strong desire to see us return to the well-respected status we once held. I believe I have a good understanding of the issues that have resulted in our current predicament and that I can assist and support the API in our drive back to where we belong.
Online voting is now open until 23:59 AEST on Thursday 17 May 2018. Members are encouraged to register and vote at https://www.api.org.au/news/meet-candidates-2018-api-board-elections
Australian Property Journal