Laura is a successful business owner and property industry leader. As a current Board Director of the REIQ (Real Estate Insitute of Qld) and named Australia’s ‘Most Influential Woman in the Property Market 2020', Laura is an advocate for improving the professionalism of the property management industry.
Her drive for constant improvement, practical application of cutting-edge ideas, and skills as a passionate communicator keeps Laura in high demand as a speaker and expert contributor in all forms of media.
Since 2020, Laura’s engagement in Domestic and Family Violence awareness, and how the property industry can assist, has led her on an unexpected but passionate journey to make a difference in the lives of DFV survivors.
With a seat at the DFV Ministerial Housing Roundtable and DFV Corporate and Community Roundtable, Laura provides the government with valuable insight into the private rental industry, and is working on several projects to connect the public housing sector with the private rental sector to assist DFV survivors find safe homes.
With over 30 years’ experience in senior accounting and management roles with large multi-national companies, Simon boasts extensive experience in financial accounting, budgeting and forecast, and cost analysis.
He brings an acute sense of financial acumen and insight to the Board and is passionate about ensuring the future strength and growth of the organisation to enable it to achieve its objectives to help survivors of DFV.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Practising Accountant.
David has over 40 years’ experience in the property and financial services industries.
As CFO of one of Brisbane’s most recognized property agencies, he is a strong outcomes and governance driven professional, with skills in leadership, business development, strategic planning and is passionate about ensuring fiscal security for his shareholders.
David also serves his local community through senior executive roles on several incorporated Not for Profits.
Angie is a highly motivated community and stakeholder engagement strategist with extensive experience in driving key Government and NFP social change campaigns. She has led strategy and delivery of external relations including traditional and social media campaigns, signature State events and strategic partnership development. A creative and divergent thinker, Angie has significantly improved outcomes for the most vulnerable in our community through sustainable partnerships and audience driven community engagement. Angie believes people are the most important asset in the community. She's committed to a vision of an inclusive and equitable community where everybody has the opportunity to thrive. In her current role Angie develops strategic community and corporate engagement strategies to support the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council in facilitating positive social change.
The level of Domestic and Family Violence deaths and assaults in Australia are still tragically too high, despite it being recognised as a major social issue for several decades.
We were shocked to notice an increase in our tenants fleeing terrible DFV situations, and decided we needed to lead the charge for change. And so, we created SafeHome Alliance because we believe Everyone deserves a safe place to call home.
You may ask – What role does the Property Management Industry have in addressing DFV?
We believe it’s a vitally important one. The Property Management Industry is in the unique position of being a window into people’s domestic lives through home inspections and regular communication with tenants.
We’re often privy to incidents that occur behind closed doors and can often be the first people in a position to recognise signs of DFV.
In 2019 we began several initiatives to raise awareness of DFV and offer practical help and advice to survivors of DFV who are tenants in rental properties, so they receive the correct support – both practically and legally – to have safe and secure housing. We also work to educate owners and the entire industry how to help tenants, (and indeed colleagues) who are survivors of DFV.