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Institute CEO appointed

The Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Kirsty Chessher-Brown as Chief Executive Officer. Kirsty has been with the Institute since 2006, most recently in the role of Director of Policy, Research and Sustainability.

Her appointment follows a desire by the Board to continue the path forged by outgoing
CEO Marina Vit. In making the announcement, State President Stephen Harrison said that the Board was excited for the continuation of the organisation’s current direction under Kirsty.

“The Institute has experienced many successes in recent times, including influencing policy development critical to delivering diverse housing in Queensland.

“Our Research Foundation has also gone from strength to strength, delivering insights that give our members an evidence base for their decision making.

“All this has culminated in record numbers of new members joining us in both metropolitan and regional centres throughout the State. It’s is a winning formula benefiting both members and the industry.

“As a result, we wanted a leadership evolution and we believe Kirsty is best placed to take the Institute forward, delivering ongoing value to members in all regions through its advocacy, policy, events, and professional development program,” Stephen said.

“Kirsty’s knowledge of the industry is second to none, making her the natural choice to lead the Institute and support the industry to deliver vibrant Queensland communities.”

Ms Chessher-Brown said she is passionate about the Institute and looks forward to continuing her long association with its members across Queensland and with all levels of government.  

“The Institute's research program will continue to play a critical role in shaping our advocacy efforts and agenda to ensure members can deliver the type of housing the community is calling for,” Kirsty said.

“I'm looking forward to working with our members as well as the State and Local Governments to resolve some of the current challenges our industry faces including land fragmentation, the timely delivery of infrastructure, the supply of diverse and affordable housing typologies, and transparent and open communication between government, developers and the community.”