Kathy Mac Dermott and Chris Mountford to depart Property Council

The Property Council of Australia has announced that both Chief Operating Officer Kathy Mac Dermott and Queensland Executive Director Chris Mountford will be 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 up the role of CEO of Independent Schools Queensland.

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.”

Kathy Mac Dermott joined the Property Council in 2010 as Queensland Executive Director and became Chief Operating Officer in 2014. As COO Kathy 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, Kathy has led the Property Council’s diversity initiatives, including the Property Champions of Change, which have opened up opportunities for women across the industry.

Chris Mountford joined the Property Council in 2009, becoming Queensland Executive Director in 2014.

Chris has been a strong business voice and has had a major impact on tax, planning and infrastructure policy in Queensland. He has been a champion for stronger planning and infrastructure investment for the fast-growing Southeast Queensland region, including through an SEQ City Deal.

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

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