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Kathy Mac Dermott and Chris Mountford step down from Property Council

The Property Council of Australia has announced the departure of two long-standing members of its executive team.

Property Council Chief Operating Officer Kathy Mac Dermott and Queensland Executive Director Chris Mountford are stepping down to take up other roles.

Ms Mac Dermott has decided to pursue non-executive director board roles and build a consulting practice. 

Mr Mountford will take on the role of CEO of Independent Schools Queensland, the peak body representing the state’s independent schooling sector.

Property Council Chief Executive Ken Morrison paid tribute to both executives.

“Kathy and Chris have been instrumental in the Property Council’s success for over a decade and leave tremendous legacies,” Mr Morrison said.

“Both have been exceptional and we wish them every success in their new endeavours.”

Ms Mac Dermott joined the Property Council in 2010 as Queensland executive director and became chief operating officer in 2014. 

As COO, Ms Mac Dermott has led the Property Council’s commercial operations and members services across the country, including membership subscriptions, professional development, research, national conferences and awards.

In addition to her role as COO, Ms Mac Dermott has also led a range of diversity initiatives, including Property Champions of Change, which have opened up opportunities for women across the industry.

Mr Mountford joined the Property Council in 2009 and became Queensland executive director in 2014.

He previously served almost four years as Queensland’s deputy executive director and a year as manager of policy and research.

He has been a champion for stronger planning and infrastructure investment for the fast-growing southeast Queensland region, including the SEQ City Deal.

The Property Council will commence recruitment processes for both roles immediately.

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