Our Board

  

 

Ben Kingsley

Chair: Benjamin Kingsley

QPIA®, Licensed Real Estate Agent (VIC, NSW & QLD), Diploma Financial Services - Mortgage Broking, Associate Diploma Business - Tourism & Travel, MFAA Member

Ben is the CEO and founder of Empower Wealth Advisory – a specialist Property Investment firm. He has over 20 years experience in property investing, analysis and advisory work.

Ben is a highly sort after property commentator and key note speaker in the property, money management and investment fields, featuring on Sky Business News, ABC News 24, Melbourne Property TV, Look at Property and is the author of many property investment, wealth management and personal finance articles and research reports in the major industry publications.

He is the Co-Host of the very popular free podcast – The Property Couch. He brings a long history of successful business acumen that will provide a greater voice and awareness for PIPA.

   

 

Margaret Lomas

Director: Margaret Lomas

QPIA®, Fin Adv, Cert. Investment Property Advice, Senior Associate of FINSIA, Member of MFAA.

Margaret is a Property Investment Author, Television Host, past chair and current Board Member of the Property Investment Professionals of Australia and Founding Director of Destiny Financial Solutions (DFS), a company which has assisted Property Investors across Australia through mentor support and education for almost 20 years.

Margaret is the host of two weekly property investment shows on SkyNews Business Channel, 'Your Money Your Call' and 'Property Success with Margaret Lomas' which she creates and produces.

She is a past Telstra NSW Businesswoman of the Year, Westpac Business Owner of the Year and her company was a recipient of the Australian Business Award for Best Value.

   

 

Damian Collins

Director: Damian Collins

QPIA®, Bachelor of Business, Diploma in Property, Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants & Financial Services Institute of Australasia

Founder and Director of Momentum Wealth, a full-service property investment consultancy group based in Perth, Western Australia. Aside from acquiring a multi-million dollar property portfolio, Damian has earned a Bachelor of Business at RMIT University in Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Property at Curtin University in Western Australia and has also completed the stringent requirements for membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and is currently a member of both institutions.

In 2007 Damian was a recipient of the prestigious 40 under 40 awards for business entrepreneurs. Damian is a highly sought-after presenter and speaker; and is a regular media commentator.

   

 

Phillip Tarrant

Director: Phillip Tarrant

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science, Masters of International Relations - Middle East Politics, Board Member Publishers Australia

Phillip is a media professional and active property investor. He has more than 10 years' experience reporting on the mortgage and property markets and has worked extensively with Australia's leading mortgage lenders and brokers as a corporate communications and public relations consultant.

As a property investor, Phillip advocates the importance of research, due diligence and recruiting the right team of professionals to help make informed and educated property investment decisions. As well as being editor of Smart Property Investment, Phillip sits on the Board of the Property Investments Professionals of Australia, the peak body for the property investment industry.

He also sits on the Board of Publishers Australia, which advocate best practice, innovation and professionalism in publishing. These two positions offer Phillip insights and awareness into the latest issues, activities and best practice principles of both industries, ensuring Smart Property Investment remains focused on delivering the highest quality content to its readers.

   

 

Steve Waters

Director: Steve Waters

Licensed Real Estate Agent

Is a Director and Co-founder of Right Property Group, a specialist property investment consultancy and Buyers Agency located in Sydney, New South Wales. Steve is a fully licenced Real Estate Agent with the New South Wales Department of Fair Trading who has over 10 years of direct and comprehensive property investment experience and is himself an accomplished property investor with a substantial property holding.

Since becoming a Buyer's Agent, Steve has successfully assessed, inspected and negotiated more than 1000 transactions. With his extensive networks and proven results, Steve is often approached by other industry peers to act on their behalf when locating and negotiating properties to add to their own portfolios.

   

 

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Director: Nicola McDougall

Bachelor of Journalism, Master of Creative Writing

Nicola is the owner of Noodle Communications, a public relations and media consultancy that specialises in property.

She has previously been the editor of Australian Property Investor (API) magazine and has been continually published as an award-winning journalist, professional writer and editor in Australia and New Zealand since 2002.

In 2006, Nicola joined the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ), where she rose up the ranks to become Executive Manager Corporate Affairs. A key part of her role was acting as the managing editor of the REIQ’s monthly 56-page industry magazine, as well as detailed property research and analysis.

Nicola brings her familiarity with membership organisations, in-depth understanding of real estate matters as well as her own property investment experience to the PIPA board.  

   

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Director: David McMillan

QPIA®, Licensed Real Estate Agent, Certified Practising Valuer, Cert IV in Real Estate Services, Degree in Business (Property)

David is the Acquisitions Director and Principal at Performance Property.  With 14 years experience in the property industry, David is a fully licensed real estate agent in Victoria and Queensland, a Certified Practicing Property Valuer, a Qualified Property Investment Adviser and active investor. 

He has been involved in more than $500 million worth of transactions across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.  David joined the Australian Property Institute in 2001 and is now an Associate.  David is also a member of the Real Estate Institute. 

   

 

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Director: Christos d. Batzios

QPIA®, Diplomas in Financial Services and Financial Planning, University of Melbourne, Post Graduate Arts & Economics - Banking & Finance, Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia

Chris is the Executive Director & Partner with Melbourne based boutique Finance & Property Investment firm ResCom. He has extensive experience in commercial lending markets with prior experience in the banking sector both here and in Europe.  Chris was a member of the team which obtained the banking license for Bank of Cyprus in Australia through APRA in 2000.  An achievement which he holds as one of his most memorable professional achievements. 

Chris has an extensive business network, which he has built up from his business achievements, whereby his clients inclulde some significant family businesses and organisations.  He is involved in various community groups, having been an active member of the community and presently serves on a number of community organisational boards and committees. 

Chris has passion for international politics and is an avid motorsport follower. 

 

 

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Director: Peter Koulizos

QPIA®, Graduate Diploma in Property, Masters of Business (Property), Teaching Degree

Peter is currently the Co-ordinator of the property and share Investment courses at TafeSA. He also teaches the property program at the University of South Australia. He has been teaching in real estate and investment for almost 20 years. Peter also personally invests in property and currently holds several properties. Peter has the ability to combine the theory of property investment with the practical aspects so as to teach people how to make money for themselves from investing in property, whether they be buying, selling, renting, renovating or developing property.

Peter researches property markets around the nation, looking for the best suburbs to invest in each capital city. He has published two book, "The Property Professor's Top Austalian Suburbs" and more recently "Property vs Shares".  He is also a regular contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and websites and is sought after by TV and radio for his research and comments on the property market. 

   

 

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Director: Craig MacKenzie

Bachelor of Commerce (Finance major) and Bachelor of Law Degree

Craig MacKenzie is the Executive General Manager, Banking & Finance for CoreLogic International, responsible for the products and solutions that support this industry segment.  He is part of the Executive Team and reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

Craig has been with CoreLogic for the part 5 years, after having spent over 10 years as the general counsel of Genworth, Australia's largest mortgage insurance company. Before joining Genworth, Craig was employed as Corporate Counsel by General Electric Australia and New Zealand.

Craig spent three years in London working for Herbert Smith Freehills, where he focused on corporate mergers and acquisitions work. He moved to Herbert Smith Freehills from the Sydney firm Dunhill Madden Butler Solicitors.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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