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28 MAY 2018

A new way to get involved: introducing Regional Engagement Groups

Engaging with our professionals around Australia is vital to connecting all stakeholders to our business strategy. Local insight is important for RICS to remain relevant as the global professional body for the built environment.

To achieve this, we’re excited to introduce Regional Engagement Groups across Australia.

What are the Regional Engagement Groups?

The Regional Engagement Groups will consist of up to 8 members who will meet quarterly to discuss RICS key issues and opportunities in line with the business plan. They will be invited to offer market insight, support local events, act as a test bed for ideas to develop RICS in the region, and provide feedback for areas of improvement.

A communications plan will ensure that what is discussed is shared with the rest of the membership, with clear routes for tabling queries.

They will meet in the following cities face-to-face, though conferencing facilities will be available:

  • Sydney (covering NSW and ACT)
  • Melbourne (covering VIC and TAS)
  • Brisbane (covering QLD and NT)
  • Perth (covering WA and SA)

Group chairs

The Regional Engagement Group Chairs have been chosen as respected leaders in their field and region, bringing a depth and breadth of experience to these roles.

The Matrics committee Chairs – our groups of young professionals – will also sit on their local Regional Engagement Group.

NSW and ACT  
Chair: Rob McIntosh, Executive Director – CBRE Hotels, CBRE Asia Pacific Matrics: Greta San Miguel, Project Manager, CBRE
QLD and NT  
Chair: Paul Robbins, National Commercial Director, LMW Matrics: James Downton, Project Manager/Senior Building Consultant, Cushman & Wakefield
And Matthew Miles, Quantity Surveyor, Gleeds
 VIC and TAS  
Chair: Greg Sugars OAM, National Director & CEO, Preston Rowe Paterson Australasia Matrics: Jag Dhandwar, National Business Development – Advisory & Transactions, CBRE Asia Pacific
 WA and SA  
Chair: Sheilagh Knowles, Director – Real Estate, Turner & Townsend Matrics: Natalie Davies, Senior Property Manager, Perth Airport

Do you want to get involved?

If you’d like to get involved, we’re looking for a diverse membership, including of specialist area, age, gender, background, and geographical location.

Nominees should be able to commit to quarterly meetings (July, October, January, March), and be proactively involved in the work of the group on an ongoing basis.

If you would like to self-nominate for a year-long tenure on your local Regional Engagement Group, please email Sarah Blankfield, Corporate Affairs Manager, with the following information by COB Friday 15 June:

  • Which Regional Engagement Group you’re self-nominating for: NSW & ACT; QLD & NT; VIC & TAS; or WA & SA – preferably noted in the subject line;
  • A short professional biography (max. 100 words);
  • A short statement explaining why you would like to join the group (max 100 words).

Nomination timelines

28 May – 15 June Members are invited to self-nominate for the Regional Engagement Groups
18 – 22 June RICS team and Regional Engagement Group Chairs review nominations and offer seats ensuring the groups represent a broad range of diversity
w/c 25 June Regional Engagement Group members announced
2 – 26 July First Regional Engagement Group meetings held