Executive Team Biographies 

Ken Morrison, Chief Executive

Ken Morrison is the Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, which champions the industry that employs 1.5 million Australians and shapes the future of our cities.   Ken has played a significant role in shaping cities, tax, planning and infrastructure policy for over two decades and sits on a range of government taskforces and committees.   He is also a director of the Green Building Council of Australia, a director of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, a member of the National Affordable Housing Alliance and is a Property Champion of Change working to achieve a significant and sustainable increase in the number of women in leadership roles.   Before taking up his current position in 2014, Ken was the Chief Executive of the Tourism & Transport Forum, the peak CEO forum for the tourism, aviation and transport sectors. Prior to this Ken held several executive positions at the Property Council of Australia, including Chief Operating Officer and NSW Executive Director.   Ken holds degrees from UNSW and UTS and has undertaken courses at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Harvard Business School.

 

Mike Zorbas, Group Executive, Policy and Advocacy

In his role as Group Executive, Policy and Advocacy, for the Property Council of Australia, Mike leads the team that looks after national policy across cities, housing, residential, tax, capital markets, retirement living, sustainability and regulatory work. Previously he has held leadership roles at Lendlease and Stockland, and been Deputy Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats in the UK. He is on the Board of the Sydney Institute, Liveable Housing Australia and is a former Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney.

 

Jane Fitzgerald, Chief Operating Officer

Jane Fitzgerald is Chief Operating Officer of the Property Council of Australia since July 2021. Previously Jane held the role of Executive Director of the New South Wales Division where she led the advocacy agenda at a time of enormous investment and change in the sector. Prior to her appointment, Jane was a senior executive with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and, amongst other roles, was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. Previously, Jane was the Deputy Director-General of the NSW Ministry for Police and chief of staff to two ministers in the NSW Government. Jane has a law degree and an arts degree majoring in politics from the University of NSW.

 

Sandra Brewer, WA Executive Director

Sandra Brewer is the Western Australian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. Prior to commencing this position, Sandra was a communications and marketing executive. Her experience spans blue chip corporates, WA private businesses, retirement living, residential development and construction.  Sandra believes that leaders should be driven to create change beyond the four walls of an organisation, which is why she has volunteered for many years in political and industry bodies. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. Sandra also has first-hand experience in the property industry, through her family’s business in residential construction. Sandra is committed to being a strong and effective advocate for the Members of the Property Council and the many people who work in the property industry.

 

Adina Cirson, ACT Executive Director

Adina Cirson is the ACT Executive Director and has extensive experience working in public policy and communications in Canberra for nearly 15 years. Adina worked federally for Senator Kate Lundy for four years before her move to the ACT Government in 2006, working for Chief Minister Jon Stanhope on affordable housing, climate change and water security policy. Following this role, Adina was senior communications consultant to ACTEW’s Water Security Major Projects, with a focus on community engagement and stakeholder management. Adina commenced work with ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher as her Director of Communications in 2011, and in 2014 was appointed Chief of Staff to the Minister for Planning, Land Management and Urban Renewal Mick Gentleman. Adina holds a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) Degree and is currently studying a Master of Juris Doctor (Postgraduate Law) at the University of Canberra.

 

Daniel Gannon, SA Executive Director

A tertiary qualified and extensively networked public policy and communications professional, Daniel Gannon is one of South Australia’s leading and most influential industry advocates, and in 2018 was named one of the state’s 100 Most Influential People, in SA’s Top 40 Leaders Under 40 and in the state’s Top 50 Powerbrokers. Throughout his career, Daniel has worked across Local, State and Federal Government policy spheres, and has embedded himself in the property and investment industry through the Property Council of Australia – one of the state’s most powerful associations – representing a broad range of sectors ranging from commercial and residential property to industrial, retail and retirement living sectors.

He is a skilled and effective communicator, leader, public speaker, and influential high-profile advocate with 15 years’ experience, as well as significant public policy and governance proficiency. Put simply, Daniel advocates for healthy economies to help create a more prosperous South Australia. In addition to government and not-for-profit board experience, Daniel has credibility with media, experience in developing and communicating complex policies, the ability to talk directly and powerfully to private and public sector leaders, and the drive and tenacity to achieve strategic outcomes.

 

Jo Gullick, Chief Financial Officer | Head of Business Innovation | Company Secretary

Jo Gullick has over 25 years’ experience in finance and corporate governance. Jo has worked in a broad range of industries including an industry membership organisation, an ASX publicly listed company, performing arts, retail and chartered accountancy. She has sat on a number of Boards in her capacity as company secretary. Jo holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University. She is also a Fellow of the CPAs and has obtained a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.

 

Jen Williams, QLD Executive Director

Jen is the Queensland Executive Director for the Property Council of Australia, responsible for leading the state’s commercial program and advocacy agenda.

Jen has been with the organisation for a decade, previously in the roles of Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Executive Director. She has a passion for cities and the creation of place, and has represented the industry on countless government and industry working groups, events and conferences. Prior to joining the Property Council, Jen worked as a policy advisor to both the Federal Government and Brisbane City Council, and spent five years as a social science and English teacher in various high schools across Queensland. Jen holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Communications), Bachelor of Education, and has a Master of Management (International Business). She is also a Commissioner for Declarations.

 

Luke Achterstraat, NSW Executive Director

Luke Achterstraat is the NSW Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia where he champions a thriving property sector that creates prosperity, jobs and strong communities in our state. Prior to this, Luke was a government relations consultant and led a successful disruptive start-up business focused on talent placement. Luke has extensive experience in advocacy having advised two federal Ministers and served as an advisor to a resource industry body, where he appeared before several public inquiries. Luke holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Management from the University of Sydney.

 

Rebecca Ellston, TAS Executive Director

Rebecca Ellston is the Tasmanian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia.
Prior to this, Rebecca worked in both Senior Media and Advisory Roles within the Tasmanian Government.
Born and raised in Tasmania, as an experienced communications professional and passionate advocate Rebecca is committed to ensuring that the Industry plays an integral role in maintaining the momentum Tasmania has experienced in recent years, boosting business confidence, driving investment and supporting jobs in her home state.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communication and Journalism from Griffith University.

 

Ben Myers, Executive Director - Retirement Living

Ben is responsible for championing policy and advocacy that underpins the social licence and future growth of the industry. He is also responsible for managing the Retirement Living Council, which is a national leadership group for the retirement living sector. Ben has a long history of serving in senior leadership positions in government and private sector roles across Australia. Throughout his career, Ben has worked at all levels of Australian government and managed communications across Australia for the global energy producer BG Group. Over his career, Ben has worked across most major industry sectors in Australia and has been directly involved in delivering some of the nation's largest infrastructure projects, including the BG Group's US$20 billion QCLNG project and the Brisbane City Council's TransApex road network.

 

Belinda Ngo, Executive Director - Capital Markets

Belinda Ngo is the Executive Director of Capital Markets for the Property Council of Australia. Belinda is responsible for national policy relating to investment, tax and capital markets for Australia’s $670 billion property investment industry. Prior to joining the Property Council, Belinda worked for Macquarie Group and KPMG.

Danni Hunter, VIC Executive Director

Danni Hunter is the Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia.
Danni holds several key advisory positions to Government in which she provides advice and input into the strategy and approach to rebuilding Victoria’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Danni works collaboratively with other employer associations and plays a leadership role within the Victorian Congress of Employer Associations in her capacity as Deputy Chair.
Danni is a hands-on leader with deep experience in policy, advocacy, stakeholder engagement and organisational leadership, previously holding senior roles as the Chief Executive Office of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA Victoria), and as an advisor to the State Government. She has volunteered as a strategic advisor to Beyond Blue, and currently serves as a government appointed Trustee on the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust.
She is passionate about increasing diversity within business leadership and finding solutions to systemic problems facing the community including homelessness and housing affordability. Danni is a dynamic and nationally recognised spokesperson, regularly sharing her views on property, business, diversity, population growth and the economy through regular media appearances, events and keynote presentations.

 

Ruth Palmer, NT Executive Director

Prior to joining the Property Council, Ruth spent seven years with the Northern Territory Government working for then Chief Minister Paul Henderson MLA to most recently with the Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie MLA as an Adviser. Ruth has extensive experience with marketing, communications and driving memberships. She is an experienced copywriter and enjoys picking articles or papers to pieces for spelling and grammar. Working in the Communications Unit with the Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition has given Ruth knowledge and experience with industry growth and strategies for moving the Territory forward. Ruth resides in Darwin with her two children Chloe (6) and Amelia (19 months). She has lived in the Territory coming up to ten years now and is happy to call it home. On the weekends, the majority of her time is spent in the outdoors camping, fishing or fulfilling her other passions; writing and photography.

 

Natasha Teychenne, Head of People and Culture

Natasha Teychenne is the Property Council of Australia’s Head of People and Culture. Natasha is an experienced HR executive, with expertise in organisational development, cultural transformation and learning and development. Natasha draws on her organisational development background to take a broad based and integrative view of the people strategies required in the business and applies generalist HR approaches to provide the foundations on which to build the talent, leadership and capability for achievement of business imperatives. Prior to joining the Property Council, Natasha led the People and Culture function for a financial services organisation with a strong focus on culture, engagement, talent and leadership capability. She has also held senior HR roles at PPB Advisory, Telstra and CSC Australia. Natasha started her career as an executive coach and consultant working across a wide range of ASX listed companies and public sector organisations in the areas of strategic M&A, culture development and organisational design. Natasha holds a Master of Psychology, is a registered practicing Psychologist, and is a certificated facilitator in Achieve Global (now Miller Heiman Group).