The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) has announced that the Board has elected Robyn Waters as President for 2018-19.
Ms Waters was the first Australian woman to be appointed World President of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) in May 2014. She served on the REIV Board as Senior Vice President in 2017-18 and as Director from 2001 to 2006, as well as being a ministerial appointment to the Estate Agents Council from 2015 to 2018.
Ms Waters is a licensed estate agent who operates as a sole trader providing real estate services to a select portfolio of clients. She is the FIABC’s Trustee to the International Ethical Standards Coalition and a fellow of the REIA and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
“I am delighted to be appointed as the third female REIV President since 1936 at this crucial time for Victoria’s real estate industry,” Ms Waters said.
“I was born and raised in a real estate family in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and witnessed the industry’s evolution since the early 1980s.
“Through my work with the International Real Estate Federation, I have learnt that the real estate industry is intrinsically linked to the livability and prosperity of our community and has a major role to play in shaping our future.”
Ms Waters’ role with the FIABCI, an NGO member of the Economic and Social Committee of the United Nations, has taken her to 38 countries. Some of the FIABCI’s current work is in the areas of protection of property rights, sustainability and affordability.
“I look forward to working with our members, legislators, interest groups and stakeholders to elevate the role of the REIV to provide further insight and perspective on policy and issues that will mould our communities and enhance the way we live,” Ms Waters said.
Ms Waters congratulated Senior Vice President Leah Calnan and Vice President Adam Docking, and thanked Immediate Past President Richard Simpson for his contribution in the role during 2017-18.
“Richard has done a brilliant job leading the REIV through the largest review of property legislation in the State’s history and will continue to be a valued counsel to me on the Board,” she said.