Chief Executive Officer

Kirsty Chessher-Brown

Serving in the role since February 2018, Kirsty has extensive experience developing the Institute’s policy, stakeholder engagement, and research endeavours as well as consulted on a significant amount of state and local government policy development.

Prior to becoming CEO, Kirsty was responsible for the Institute’s policy, research, and sustainability business units. Joining the Institute in 2006, Kirsty has directly overseen the growth of the UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment program and was instrumental in the establishment of the Research Foundation. She is passionate about driving change within the development industry to facilitate greener, smarter and more resilient communities whether this be through advanced research methods or the development of effective policy.

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