The Board of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has announced the appointment of Antonia Mercorella as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, following an exhaustive national search.
Ms Mercorella becomes the first female CEO in the organisation’s history, and also the youngest person ever appointed to lead the REIQ.
REIQ Chairman Rob Honeycombe said Ms Mercorella, who has acted in the position since June, would lead a renewed focus within the organisation on the needs of members and the essential services needed to support the real estate profession.
“The board is delighted that Antonia has agreed to lead the REIQ during a challenging period, but one which offers many opportunities as the real estate market grows,” Mr Honeycombe said.
“Although we engaged expert recruiters to conduct a national search, ultimately the best person for the job was already working with us.
“Back in June, Antonia stepped in to stabilise the organisation at a critical time following the sudden departure of the previous CEO. In this role she has demonstrated a commitment to refocus the REIQ on its core business of supporting members in every aspect of their work.
“She fits very closely within the demographic of our members and the modern profession, and her appointment reflects the board’s desire to reflect the changing nature of the REIQ’s membership. We are very confident that she is the right person for the job at hand.”
Ms Mercorella has worked with the REIQ as General Counsel and then as Deputy CEO since January 2011. She has also worked as principal legal advisor to the Real Estate Institute of South Australia, and as a commercial lawyer specialising in property and real estate.
Ms Mercorella said she was honoured to lead an organisation with such a strong history and standing within the Queensland business community.
“I am very much looking forward to tightening the REIQ’s focus on its core operations – supporting our members and providing advice, training and education tailored to their needs,” she said.
“The REIQ is also responsible for raising professional standards within the profession, providing the tools and resources that practitioners need, and making robust representations to government on their behalf. This will be my focus, and the focus of the REIQ under my leadership.
“I also intend to spend as much time as possible meeting members around the state, gaining a greater understanding of their needs, and ensuring that their association is working every day to support them in what they do.”
Ms Mercorella’s appointment is effective immediately.