Industry leaders recognised at API Gala

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GENWORTH Australia has taken out the Opteon Workplace Diversity and Culture Award at the Australian Property Institute’s revamped Excellence in Property Awards, held at its National Property Conference on the Gold Coast.

This year’s judges said the organisation is “focused on an inclusive culture that enables them to leverage the contribution that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives bring to the organisation.”

Herron Todd White New South Wales North Coast Commercial Team won the Maddocks Valuation Team of the Year Award, “characterised by their professionalism and experience, backed by a national IT platform and sales database that allows them to conduct valuations across all categories of commercial valuations,” according to the judges.

“The team’s ability to complete valuations across all categories of commercial work is a competitive advantage in the niche commercial valuation industry.”

Sandra Peachey took home the inaugural WBP Group Lesley Bennett Women in Property Award. Peachey has been an API member since 1985 and a Fellow for 15 years, and has held senior positions at Herron Todd White, CBRE and Savills Australia.

Her advice to women in the industry is to “find their voice as early as possible, work hard, be noticed, and, most of all, be resilient and authentic.”

The Griffin Legal Young Professional of the Year Award was won by Jazmin Poyser, the current Chair of the Victorian Young Property Professional committee. She gained her Certified Practising Valuer qualification late in 2016 was swiftly promoted to senior valuer in June 2018, and has been involved with the Property Council of Australia’s inaugural 100 Women in Property program, and events run by the Urban Land Institute and RICS.

Greg Preston was the recipient of the CBRE Colonel Alfred Clifford Catt Award, having held various roles at the API including as a Divisional Councillor in New South Wales, NSW President and National President.

“Greg Preston has demonstrated a lifelong professional commitment to upholding the vision, purpose and goals of the API,” the judges said.

“He has been a dedicated volunteer on various committees and boards as well as a regular speaker at seminars over a 34-year period.”

JLL took the Bond University Innovation in Property Award for its Melbourne Mapping Project, which included the development of a comprehensive data set that covered the Melbourne CB’s current building landscape with the view of being able to visualise and shared a web-based view of the city in a 3D format.

It consisted of more than 2,500 buildings, 1,200 hectares and 15 land use categories being mapped.

Australian Property Journal