The Queen’s Birthday honour roll has seen some of the property sector’s most notable names honoured, along with a host of other famous Australians and New Zealanders.
In total, 993 Aussie’s were congratulated by the Queen in her annual Queen’s Birthday Honours.
A number of real estate agents and business were among them, acknowledged for their history of services to both the industry and broader community.
David Airey – WA
For significant service to the real estate industry, and to professional institutes
David Airey has been a well-known face in WA real estate circles for decades. Starting in 1973, David co-founded the well-known western suburbs agency Airey, Potter & Associates in 1978.
He was President of the Real Estate Institute of Australia from 2009 to June 2011 as well as serving two terms as President of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia. He is also the inaugural Chairman of the WA Division of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Ming Long – NSW
For significant service to the financial and real estate sectors, and to diversity and inclusion
Ming Long is a well-respected business leader with more than a decade of experience in real estate, having spent 11 years at Investa Property Group where she held roles including Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer.
Ming is currently Chair of AMP Capital Funds Management Limited and Deputy Chair of Diversity Council of Australia amongst other roles.
Robyn Waters – VIC
For service to the real estate industry, and to the community
Robyn Waters was President of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria from 2018-2019. She served on the REIV Board as Senior Vice President in 2017-18 and Director from 2001 to 2006 as well as being a ministerial appointment to the Estate Agents Council from 2015 to 2018.
Robyn is a licensed real estate agent and was only the third female REIV President since 1936.
Pat Fennel – QLD
Pat Fennell received an Order of Australia Medal for her work as remote health advocate and for her time in the cattle industry and real estate industry.
Pat Fennell played a key role in the development of a training centre for young health professionals in Mount Isa called the Centre for Rural and Remote Health. She sat on the board of the Cattle Council of Australia and was the president of the Mount Isa branch of the Cattleman’s Union for more than two decades.
At the age of 65, she and her husband started a real estate agency in Mount Isa.
John Coles – WA
For service to the real estate finance sector, and to public administration.
Tony Bonne – New Zealand
Tony Bonne has been awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local government and community.
Tony Bonne spent 18 years involved with local government, with 12 of those as Mayor of the Whakatane District in New Zealand.
Mr Bonne has been with Ray White Ohope and Whakatane since his retirement from local government in October 2019.