Often seen as a male-dominated industry these six women represent a growing number of women in the property industry. From various backgrounds and with different skills and knowledge they have developed their own companies, sat on executive boards and worked with charities. The one thing for certain is their success has not been pure luck. These women have achieved their high-profile positions by following their strong passion for property and the built environment.
Carolyn Viney - Grocon
Carolyn Viney has a wealth of knowledge within the industry being appointed to Chief Executive Officer of Grocon in February 2014. Joining Grocon in 2003, Carolyn has held a number of prominent roles including Deputy CEO to Daniel Grollo and has been an executive member since 2007.
Carolyn was instrumental in developing Grocon’s property development business, growing the portfolio and overseeing successful projects.
Carolyn is also Vice President of the Property Council of Australia’s Victorian Division, as well as a panel member of the Women’s Property Initiatives Advisory Panel. In 2011, Carolyn was awarded the NAWIC John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Businesswoman.
Kate Langan - ANZ
Kate Langan joined ANZ as Group General Manager Property in late 2009. She is responsible for 1.4 million square metres of space across 31 countries.
Prior to joining ANZ, Kate was a Regional Director with Jones Lang LaSalle, where she held a number of senior property roles in both Singapore and Australia, managing the international portfolios of DBS, Procter & Gamble and the Australian Taxation Office.
A qualified Architect by profession, Kate has practiced architecture in London, Sydney and Hong Kong, where she lived for eight years, and was responsible for the Bank of America's portfolio across 14 countries and, subsequently, for the British Council's facilities during the hand-over of administration from Britain to China.
Alison Quinn - Aveo
Alison Quinn became the Executive General Manager for Aveo in 2013.
Alison previously held positions as Executive General Manager of Sanctuary Cove, a leading master planned residential resort community, and CEO of Growth Management for Queensland Government.
Her professional objective is to capitalise on her extension development and investment experience in the property and construction sectors.
Alison holds a degree in Commerce from the University of Queensland and is currently a Council Member of the Property Council of Australia.
Carol Schwartz AM - Qualitas
Business leader and social change pioneer Carol Schwartz has extensive experience across a range of industries with a focus on property. She has been awarded an Order of Australia.
A visionary leader, Carol has had an impact on all aspects of Australian society through her business achievements and her involvement in one of this country's most diverse portfolios of board appointments.
She is also the past National President of the Property Council of Australia and former member of the Docklands. She is currently a director of Stockland and the Highpoint Property Group.
Carol also has involvement in Qualitas Property Partners, Yarra Capital Partners, Melbourne Business School, the Australian Innovation Research Centre, Enterprise and Melbourne Advisory Board.
Carol is passionate about social change, having founded the Trawalla Foundation, a social investment body, as well as the Women's Leadership Institute Australia, which is working to radically boost the number of women in leadership positions in Australia.
Rhonda Wyllie - Wyllie Group
Having worked for a number of years in her family's successful WA-based transportable homes company, McGrath Homes, Rhonda Wyllie has had significant exposure to both residential and commercial property development.
A self-made millionaire, she in an inspiration to women aspiring to enter the property industry. Since returning to Western Australia from Hong Kong she remains actively involved with a steadily increasing number of approved charities and medical research organisations.
Ming Long - Investa Property Group
Ming Long is the Joint Managing Director & Finance Director of Investa Property Group. She is jointly responsible for the strategic direction of Investa across the Office, Funds and Land businesses.
Ming is also responsible for Investa’s financial strategy and provides leadership to treasury, debt and risk management, taxation, and internal and external reporting. Ming is a standing member of the Group’s Due Diligence Committee.
With over 15 years’ experience in the finance industry, Ming joined Investa in 2005 as Group Financial Controller and was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer in 2009. Prior to this, Ming was at APN News & Media Limited as Group Financial Controller.