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10 questions for our new CEO

Get to know CEO Kirsty Chessher-Brown

We asked the Institute’s new CEO, Kirsty Chessher-Brown, her thoughts on ten burning questions.

1. What do you look forward to most in your role as CEO of the Institute?

Continuing to add value to our members by offering high quality events, research, and advocacy services that assist our members in delivering diverse and affordable communities across Queensland. And of course, working with the wonderful UDIA Queensland team.

2. What do you want to achieve in your first year as CEO?

A strong advocacy position balanced by timely responses to live policy issues and our proactive policy agenda. Leading the continuation of a strong and sustainable business that ensures the Institute continues to provide value for members as well as timely and relevant research that helps members to make business decisions.  

3. Where do you see the Institute in 5 years? 

A flexible, nimble, and evidence-driven organisation that is recognised by the industry and government stakeholders as a leader in member value, advocacy, and research.

4. Where do you see development in Queensland in the next 10 years?

I see so much happening for our industry, but I think there will be a handful of scenarios that influence our industry the most, such as: 

  • Greater acceptance of living in and raising a family in apartments. Our Research Foundation results support this notion. With the benefit of our Research Foundation findings, UDIA Queensland will have led the way in enhancing the quality of diverse housing in subtropical and tropical environments.
  • We'll continue to grapple with the issue of housing affordability. However, with a focus on increasing delivery of missing middle product across major population centres in Queensland to offset affordability pressures.
  • The implementation of new housing models that meet the housing demands of our increasingly ageing population and that focus on inter-generational living and ability to age in place.
  • Optimistically, a connected south-east Queensland fuelled by investment in catalytic infrastructure projects.
  • Greater community understanding of the role of the industry and greater engagement between developers, community, and government to address our growth pressures.

5. What’s been your career highlight so far?

I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to follow several landmark UDIA Queensland initiatives from initial development through to implementation and ongoing management.  Two of those initiatives include the Research Foundation and EnviroDevelopment. Both initiatives continue to actively understand and improve the quality of communities delivered by our industry. 

6. Who or what inspires you?

Our members are a constant source of inspiration. Property development is not without risk and I am constantly inspired by our members' ability to deal with market, planning, financial, economic, and regulatory uncertainty while still delivering affordable, diverse, and innovative products to the market.

7. What will we find you doing on the weekend?

Spending time with my family and menagerie of pets.

8. What’s your coffee order?

Piccolo.  And on a particularly challenging day, it’s a double piccolo.

9. What’s your favourite past time/hobby?

Watching netball, discussing netball, playing netball, and watching our beautiful daughter grow and develop.

10. Favourite quote?

“If you don’t like change you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”