RICS will begin 2017 with a new Managing Director for Oceania following the recent appointment of Stephen Albin to the role.
Currently the CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, Stephen brings a wealth a property and commercial-sector experience to us. Stephen said he looked forward to growing the already-strong reputation of RICS in the Australian and New Zealand marketplaces.
“RICS has a strong reputation among built environment professionals, their employers and clients; awareness by professionals in Oceania RICS professional qualifications are a global passport is growing. Our task is to encourage more and more aspiring professionals to seek RICS recognition of their qualifications.
There is a great deal of disruption in all professions, not least of which are the challenges in the built environment. Long before considering a role at RICS I thought about the future of professions such as surveyors, valuers and planners. Through CityLife, a competition I launched with a focus on making cities more liveable, affordable and connected, we identified a geospatial technology platform called Urban Pinboard, a portal for city information focussed on how we can improve cities. The project was proposed by surveyors and planners looking to the future.
Change is an opportunity for built environment professionals, as well as for the organisations which represent them. As a global organisation with a broad reach, RICS is uniquely placed to continue working closely with the whole sector to take advantage of these opportunities, sharing global insights, preparing for change and continually raising the bar and standards for built environment professionals. This is an exciting time for RICS Oceania and I am thrilled to be joining the team.”
Stephen has worked in public policy, business strategy and investment for 30 years. He joins us from the Urban Development Institute of Australia, where he was CEO for almost eight years and rebuilt the organisation into a highly influential and financially sustainable advocacy group.
Prior to that Stephen was a Director at Macquarie Bank for almost five years and responsible for new business start-ups in the Banking and Property Group. He has held senior positions in organisations such as the Tourism and Transport Forum, Property Council of Australia and the Tourism Council of Australia.
Stephen started his career in the Commonwealth public service as a graduate economist with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and, later, the Department of Housing and Regional Development.
Stephen has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Administration from Griffith University. He attended Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane.
His interests include music, sport, politics and supporting many philanthropic causes. He has been married for more than 20 years and has three children.