Kirsty Chessher-Brown

Kirsty Chessher-Brown has been appointed chief executive of the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Queensland chapter.

Ms Chessher-Brown has been with the UDIA since 2016, most recently as director of policy, research and sustainability.

State president Stephen Harrison said the board was excited for the continuation of the organisation’s current direction as set by outgoing chief executive Marina Vit.

“The Institute has experienced many successes in recent times, including influencing policy development critical to delivering diverse housing in Queensland,” Mr Harrison said.

“Our Research Foundation has also gone from strength to strength, delivering insights that give our members an evidence base for their decision making.

“All this has culminated in record numbers of new members joining us in both metropolitan and regional centres throughout the state. It’s is a winning formula benefitting both members and the industry.

“As a result, we wanted a leadership evolution and we believe Kirsty is best placed to take the Institute forward, delivering ongoing value to members in all regions through its advocacy, policy, events, and professional development program.

“Kirsty’s knowledge of the industry is second to none, making her the natural choice to lead the Institute and support the industry to deliver vibrant Queensland communities.”

Ms Chessher-Brown said she was looking forward to working with industry and governments.

“I’m looking forward to working with our members as well as the state and local governments to resolve some of the current challenges our industry faces including land fragmentation, the timely delivery of infrastructure, the supply of diverse and affordable housing typologies, and transparent and open communication between government, developers and the community.”