The governing Council for The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia has elected Hayden Groves as the Institute’s new President.
The election was required following the departure of former president David Airey from the Council after four years in the top job.
Following the recent round of REIWA elections among members, the newly constituted Council met this morning to choose office bearers.
Originally from Victoria, Hayden Groves moved to Western Australia in 1993 after completing his studies at Monash University.
What was originally to be a Christmas visit with his sister and her family who had moved to Perth several years before, his trip turned into something more permanent with Perth’s weather and relaxed culture ‘inspiring him to stay’. He subsequently married Perth local Philippa Colgan, bought a real estate business and is helping to raise four young children. Hayden owns and operates an independent agency in Fremantle that also manages a rental portfolio of around 450 properties.
Along with his triennial license, Hayden holds an honours degree in politics, has studied law and is a licensed auctioneer.
Hayden’s interest in real estate first began after befriending several local real estate agents through the café business he was running at the time. He first began as a sales representative with John Dethridge & Co, a long-standing and successful Fremantle agency.
Hayden has served on the REIWA Council since 2010 and was elected Deputy President in October 2013. He is also the current Deputy President of the Real Estate Institute of Australia, the industry peak body based in Canberra.
As the immediate past president of the Real Estate Employer’s Federation of Western Australia, Hayden has a particular interest in employer/employee relations as they relate to the real estate industry.
Mr Groves paid tribute to his predecessor, David Airey, who helped establish a strong profile for REIWA in recent years.
“It’s clear that whilst the WA market will be relatively soft for the next year or so, I want to ensure that REIWA members and the general public get the best services and property information they can as they negotiate this uncertain period in the property cycle,” Mr Groves said.