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After five years as CEO Marina Vit says goodbye

It’s been over five years since I first started at the Institute and throughout this time we’ve kicked some goals, had our share of challenges to face, and evolved into the business we are today. I will be leaving the Institute at the end of this month.

I am very proud of our achievements, which wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of my team and the strong direction delivered by our amazing Board Members, past and present. It has been with their support that we have been able to drive the Institute forward and deliver for our members. 

The Institute five years ago, as a business, looked very different to what it does today. Our priority was to create a financially sustainable business so that we could represent and support our members well into the future. Part of evolving the business was to clearly identify our mission. We went to our members to ask what you wanted and you answered clearly. You asked us to support you to create the communities that Queenslanders want to live in.  

A key plan in helping you to do this was establishing the UDIA Queensland Research Foundation in 2014. While this provides you with great data and insights, it has also helped establish our organisation as an expert in our industry. 

Our Research Foundation, an industry first, uncovers consumer attitudes towards housing in Queensland. The research compiled has filled a critical gap in industry knowledge for our members. The insights we gather enable our members to continue to deliver affordable, sustainable, and desirable housing that Queenslanders want to live in. It also allows us to advocate for you with authority based on indisputable evidence. It has been a privilege to explore and take part in consumer research on behalf of our industry. 

With your feedback and findings from our Research Foundation, we have delivered hundreds of knowledge sharing events across the State that thousands of you have attended. We want to deliver enjoyable events that offer cross-collaboration and knowledge sharing opportunities so that together we can continue to deliver world-class developments. Our Signature Series events, the Awards for Excellence and Conference, have transformed into reputable, sold-out, and sought after experiences that are meaningful to our industry.  We’ve also developed a comprehensive professional development program to help you build the skills needed to forge ahead in our industry. 

Importantly, we have strengthened our grassroots networks across Queensland, from Cairns to Coolangatta. Our eleven regional branches are critical to our mission. Each region in Queensland is different to its neighbour, and our branches ensure we truly understand local development matters so that we advocate on those that mean the most to you. This extensive branch network also sets us apart from other industry bodies. 

In business, I am a firm believer in the saying, “If you don’t like change, you’ll like irrelevance even less.” Five years ago, we embarked on a journey to transform the UDIA Queensland into what it is today, and I can say with the utmost confidence that its future looks brighter than ever before because we continually strive for excellence and relevance. 

On this note, I bid you Ciao.