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New chief brings experience, passion 11/04/2016

It was with great pleasure that I recently announced the appointment of Allison Hailes to the role of chief executive officer of the UDIA WA.

It was with great pleasure that I recently announced the appointment of Allison Hailes to the role of chief executive officer of the UDIA WA.

As president, I considered it extremely important we appoint an experienced person to ensure the interests of the urban development industry continue to be well represented in Western Australia.

This is only the fifth time this role has been filled in UDIA WA’s 45-year history.

UDIA is the peak body of the industry that is the biggest employment sector in the State and this position required an individual with a broad skill set that could span many, and sometimes challenging, areas.

Allison’s extensive background in intergovernmental relations, association management, policy development and advocacy made her the very best candidate out of a strong field for this complex role.

We believe that her high level of expertise in these fields will greatly benefit UDIA, institute members and the broader industry into the future.

Allison’s most recent position was executive manager of Planning and Community Development at the WA Local Government Association, where she was a member of the senior executive and responsible to the association’s State Council for organisational strategic planning, financial management and delivery of policy and services for members.

She has more than 20 years’ experience working at a senior level with all spheres of government and industry in policy and advocacy, strategic planning and major projects, has worked on a diverse range of projects affecting the State, from State and regional planning to affordable housing and emergency management.

Allison is passionate about creating a city which is diverse, exciting and economically prosperous, and has many international examples to draw on, having travelled extensively and lived in Africa, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and England.

Allison has said she looks forward to building on the great work that has been undertaken over the past four decades, cementing UDIA’s position as a thought leader in urban development.

She is keen to pursue planning and development reforms that address the barriers and complexities that inhibit good urban development outcomes.

She is excited to be leading the organisation that will shape the State’s urban areas and affect the day-to-day life of so many West Australians now and in the future.

We at the Institute are excited about the level of expertise, experience and passion that Allison will contribute to UDIA.

We are all looking forward to her starting at the UDIA in the middle of this month.

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