Property Council Goes Inside for New Chief Executive


The Property Council of Australia has tapped a professional policy-maker and government lobbyist from inside the organisation to take over the role of chief executive.

Mike Zorbas, who was the council’s group executive for policy and advocacy, will begin his new job immediately, becoming the organisation’s fifth chief executive in its 54-year-history.

Zorbas has been acting jointly in the role since December, taking over from Ken Morrison, who had held the post for eight years.

Zorbas previously served as group head of government, media and industry affairs at Lendlease Australia; group head of strategy and corporate communications at Grocon; and general manager of government relations at Stockland, roles in which engaged both state and federal governments.

He has served as the council’s chief advocate to the Australian government.

The council’s national president, David Harrison, said the board of directors felt Zorbas had the required industry insight, a track record of positive policy outcomes and people leadership, and the deep understanding of members’ interests needed to deliver the council’s ambitious three-year strategic plan.

“I am delighted Mike will continue his great work for our industry as the property council’s new chief executive,” Harrison said.

“Mike has the vision to lead our industry forward in challenging times and his ability to engage with governments at all levels is a significant asset as the regulatory environment becomes increasingly complex.”

Zorbas said he would continue to be a strong voice for council members in what he described as “challenging times”.

“Australia needs to harness the insight and thought leadership of the property industry to get the next decade right for our communities,” he said.

“We need better planning for our cities and significantly more domestic and overseas investment.  We must continue our globally recognised leadership on sustainability, and we must help governments get smarter about creating more new and more efficient homes across the housing spectrum and across the country.”


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