- Promote property education by providing scholarships to tertiary students
- Work with education providers to deliver quality property education
- Foster interaction between property students and the property industry
- Sponsor internships that give students practical skills and develop job readiness
- Provide grants to extend the education and training of young property professionals
- Attend school career days to provide information on property careers and courses
PEF has established a Future Leaders Hub (“Property360”) to foster leadership skills and promote collaborative learning opportunities. Property 360 hosts various events where property undergraduates can interact with people established in the industry through masterclasses and property briefings.
When I talk to parents about their children’s plans for a career, they often associate property with suburban real estate – but that’s only a small part of a huge industry.
A career in property connects you with a $182 billion industry involving more than 205,979 Western Australians in everything from developing skyscrapers and shopping centres to building sports stadiums to designing new suburbs. It supports another 224,331 WA jobs and contributes $6.4 billion in taxes.
If you think you are up for the challenge, the Property Education Foundation can help you decide on your studies and welcomes you to the industry. We also provide one annual scholarship for undergraduate students studying property courses as well as grants to help you extend your studies.
Joe Lenzo, Chairman
Meet the Board
Leaders with broad industry influence
Joe Lenzo retired from the Executive Director role at the Property Council in 2016 after 18 years in the role. Prior to that Joe was the Director of Industry, Trade and Commerce at the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (1988-1998).
Col Dutton is the General Manager Residential for Stockland Western Australia, the largest developer of residential communities in WA with a portfolio that includes 7 active developments and more than 16,000 residential lots across the State. Col is responsible for leading Stockland’s extensive development activities across WA including award-winning masterplanned communities located in growth areas of greater Perth. He was appointed to his current position in 2011 and heads a team of more than 70 staff.
Peter Agostino Peter has been involved in the property industry for almost 30 years. He commenced with JLL in 1988 climbing through the ranks to become Managing Director of the Western Australian business and a Regional Director of the Asia Pacific Region.
In 2002 he joined CBRE as Senior Managing Director of CBRE’s Western Australia, South Australia and ACT businesses and a member of the Australia & New Zealand Executive Committee and Senior Leadership Board. Peter also ran the Capital Markets – Institutional Investment Properties Department in Perth. Peter joined Ascot Capital as a Director in February 2016.
Julian Lodge has over 22 years’ experience in the property industry with particular capabilities in property development and the asset management of property investments. His focus lies with the management of Primewest and the optimum performance of each of its assets. He is a Senior Associate Member of FINSIA and is also a qualified Real Estate Agent. He is a Board member on the Property Council Western Australian Divisional Council.
Rowena Ong has a multi-faceted professional career, commencing with clinical instruction to UWA dental students and post-graduate dental nurses in Dentomaxillofacial Radiology. She then joined the South Metropolitan Mental Health Service as the Clinical Governance Coordinator auditing health care, conducting clinical trials, and standardising policies and procedures to meet accreditation standards and processes.
From 2005, Rowena was the Education Manager at Property Council where she successfully developed a comprehensive series of professional development courses and seminars for property professionals. These were accredited by the WA Department of Commerce. Rowena had established the WA Retirement Living Committee and had published a Policy & Procedure Manual for Retirement Villages to guide village operations and to prepare them for village accreditation.
Rowena also managed the PEF Secretariat from 2005 overseeing the Foundation’s scholarship and internship programs, organising promotional career events at high schools and the annual fundraising regatta. She was nominated to the Board in 2018 and continues to manage the Secretariat.
As the CEO at LandCorp, Frank is central to strategic planning, the evaluation of projects and risk analysis to business development, corporate planning and project delivery. Frank was appointed CEO in 2014 and leads a team of around 200 development professionals.
An economist and accountant, and having completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University, his strategic contribution has been recognised by industry awards. Frank is currently a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Infrastructure Coordinating Committee and Central Perth Planning Committee; is a Trustee of CEDA in WA; and is a Fellow of CPA Australia and graduate of AICD.
Ron’s background training was in finance and law. He has been involved with the WA property industry for over 30 years as a private investor, developer and asset manager. For many years he was a director and subsequently managing director of PA Property Management Limited, the responsible entity for the ASX listed PA Property Trust. For the last ten years he has been a non-executive director of Cedar Woods Properties Limited, an ASX 300 national property developer.
Andrew has been in the property industry for 25 years and is currently the General Manager for Property Investment at The Perron Group, with over $3B of property under management. He holds a Bachelor of Business from Curtin, a Master of Business from the University of South Australia and is a Director of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia.
Lee Pinkerton is the General Manager of Cape Bouvard Investments Pty Ltd. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.
He has over 30 years’ experience specialising in the property, finance and investment sectors.
He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a former President of the Property Council Australia, WA division.
He joined the Board of Property Education Foundation in 2017.
Helen has over 25 years experience in the commercial property sector having commenced her career in 1993.
Helen began at Richard Ellis/CBRE in 1997 where she rose to the position of Director of Retail Asset Services a position which she held for 15 of her 18 years with the company. Responsibilities included business development, client relationship management and staff mentoring. Helen was a Senior Director and Perth Executive Board member at CBRE. Whilst at CBRE, Helen also held a national Directorship position as well as various mentoring positions within the company. Helen was the first female Director to sit on the Perth Executive Board.
Helen joined Australasian Property Investments Limited (APIL) in February 2016 as an Executive Director. Helen is responsible for the operation of the Fund with an estimated past and present value nearing $1B. Helen sits on the APIL Board, is responsible for the operations of the business and manages and mentors Fund Managers and administrative staff within the firm.
Tanya has a wealth of property development industry experience in WA across the private, government and peak body sectors. She has worked in various communications, project and management roles for over 20 years.
Tanya currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at the Urban Development Institute of Australia in WA (UDIA WA) where she leads a strong team representing the development industry.
Tanya uses her expertise to focus on working collaboratively with government and other stakeholders to achieve a policy environment that enables industry to effectively deliver smart, sustainable and liveable communities.
She was previously Executive Director of Regional Services Reform and Transformation at the Department of Communities. Prior to that, Tanya led the successful implementation of the $560 million Social Housing Investment Package.
Tanya has also worked for over six years with large listed property developers, Stockland and Mirvac after seven years at the Property Council of Australia (WA).
In December 2016, Tanya was announced as the inaugural winner of the UDIA WA Women in Leadership Award. The award recognises her personal and professional contribution to the development industry over the last 20 years.
Jo has forged a successful career in Property Recruitment, beginning in 2008, where she built sustained relationships across challenging international property markets. She has developed specialised expertise across Retail, Commercial and Property Development, immersing herself in the WA Property industry in order to provide a network of active, passive and up-and-coming jobseekers.
In addition to sourcing and assessing talent, Jo’s role sees her coaching and advising property professionals at every point of their career, working with them to achieve their short and long term career goals.
Currently a Director and Equity Partner at Longreach Recruitment, she leads a team of talented Property Recruitment Specialists offering exhaustive search and selection services to the property industry clientele.