THE Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Queensland board has appointed Kirsty Chessher‐Brown as the state’s new chief executive officer.
Ms Chessher‐Brown has been with the institute since 2006, most recently in the role of director of policy, research and sustainability. She said she was eager to continue the gains UDIA has made in recent times in Queensland, and tackle the ongoing challenges of “land fragmentation, the timely delivery of infrastructure, the supply of diverse and affordable housing typologies, and transparent and open communication between government, developers and the community”.
State president Stephen Harrison said the appointment followed a desire by the board to continue the path forged by outgoing CEO Marina Vit.
“The institute has experienced many successes in recent times, including influencing policy development critical to delivering diverse housing in Queensland,” Mr Harrison said.
“Our Research Foundation has also gone from strength to strength, delivering insights that give our members an evidence base for their decision making. All this has culminated in record numbers of new members joining us in both metropolitan and regional centres throughout the State.
“It’s is a winning formula benefiting both members and the industry. As a result, we wanted a leadership evolution and we believe Kirsty is best placed to take the institute forward, delivering ongoing value to members in all regions through its advocacy, policy, events, and professional development program,” Mr Harrison said.
“Kirsty’s knowledge of the industry is second to none, making her the natural choice to lead the institute and support the industry to deliver vibrant Queensland communities.”
Ms Chessher‐Brown said she was passionate about the UDIA and looked forward to continuing her long association with its members across Queensland and all levels of government.
“The institute’s research program will continue to play a critical role in shaping our advocacy efforts and agenda to ensure members can deliver the type of housing the community is calling for,” she said.
“I'm looking forward to working with our members as well as the State and Local Governments to resolve some of the current challenges our industry faces including land fragmentation, the timely delivery of infrastructure, the supply of diverse and affordable housing typologies, and transparent and open communication between government, developers and the community.”