katie stevenson appointed nsw executive director of property council of australia
Katie Stevenson is the new NSW Executive Director of the Property Council. Image: Supplied, Canva.
  • Katie Stevenson has previously worked as Chief of Staff for former Minister Rob Stokes
  • She also has experience in the Department of Planning and local government
  • Luke Achterstraat was the previous executive director and appointed in mid-2021

Katie Stevenson has been appointed as the Property Council of Australia’s (PCA) New South Wales Executive Director and will commence in the role on 26 June 2023.

Stevenson has a wealth of experience, most recently serving five years as the Chief of Staff to Rob Stokes, a former NSW Minister, working across several portfolios including active transport, cities, infrastructure, transport and roads, planning and public spaces, and education. She previously worked for the Department of Planning as a policy team leader and specialist urban designer.

She has also worked as an urban designer at Cititek in Copenhagen, and in planning at Leichhardt, Burwood and Sutherland Shire Councils.

Property Council Chief Executive Mike Zorbas said following an extensive recruitment process, he was delighted to welcome Ms Stevenson to the role.

“Katie’s strategic experience across all levels of government, together with her deep knowledge of planning means she will be an advocate of integrity and credibility,“ Zorbas said.

“Katie knows the policy detail and has dedicated her accomplished career to the creation of great places and great communities.

“I know our NSW members will be looking forward to having Katie as a champion of good policy and a source of wise counsel,” he said.

Stevenson said she was honoured to represent an industry that plays such an integral part in everyone’s lives in NSW.

“I am delighted to lead the NSW Division of the Property Council and to continue its long history of delivering thoughtful policy, considered advocacy, and strong representation for its members.”

Katie Stevenson, Property Coucil NSW Executive Director

“The NSW property sector employs more people than any other and touches the lives of every person in the state, every day, which is both a privilege and a responsibility that our sector takes seriously.

“I look forward to connecting with our members at our upcoming industry events or Committee meetings, and to start working with such an experienced and high-performing staff team,” she said.

The Property Council’s NSW Division President and Managing Director of PERIFA Fabrizio Perilli said the next four years presented a unique opportunity.

“NSW needs to adapt to meet the most urgent housing supply challenges in the nation and this is the time for someone of Katie’s deep experience to champion the important reforms our communities and our industry need,” Perilli said.

“The new government has signalled it is determined to reclaim the initiative on planning for a growing population and Katie will be a strong voice representing our needs,” he said.

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