Our Board

REIA’s Board of Directors set the property priorities for public policies and guide our advocacy strategies. Our board consists of one representative from each state or territory, nominated by their Real Estate Institute.

Adrian Kelly, REIA President

Adrian was born and raised in Hobart and has worked in the Tasmanian real estate industry since 1990. He is the founder and CEO of View Real Estate which is an independent agency comprising seven sales and property management offices across Tasmania.

Adrian’s real estate experience covers a broad range including residential sales, property management and commercial sales including hotels and motels. He is also an accomplished auctioneer having spent a number of years as a full time auctioneer within his own business specialising in plant and equipment and asset sales for local councils, finance companies, etc.

Adrian is a licensed Estate Agent, Board Member of the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania as well as the immediate past President of the REIT having served in that role for four years. He also sits on the Property Agents Board which is the regulatory authority in Tasmania and is an Associate of the REIA.

Hayden Groves, Deputy President (WA)

Hayden Groves has been Deputy President of REIA since 2015 and has also served as Chair of the REIA Finance Committee.

Hayden was re-elected as REIWA President at the October 2017 Council meeting, after having served for a two year term from October 2015.

Hayden has served on the REIWA Council since 2010 and as Deputy President since October 2013. Prior to this he served as the Fremantle Branch Chairman.

Hayden is serving a second term as REIWA Deputy President following the REIWA AGM in October 2018.

Hayden owns and operates an established independent Fremantle based agency with a staff of 20.

Along with his triennial, Hayden holds an honours degree in politics, has studied law and is a licensed auctioneer.

As the immediate past president of the Real Estate Employer’s Federation of Western Australia, Hayden has a particular interest in employer/employee relations and worked to ensure agents remained exempt from registering employment contracts with eastern states’ based unions.

As REIWA’s representative on the REIA board, Hayden remains committed to developing strategic policy positions that benefit the real estate industry, its stakeholders and the community.

Diane Davis, Board Director (NT)

Diane is the President of Real Estate Institute of Northern Territory and has been a fully Licensed Real Estate Agent for 22 years.

She now holds the position of Branch Operations Manager of Elders Real Estate. Diane is passionate about the industry and is an Industry Representative Member on the Agents Licensing Board (ALB) as well as President of the Real Estate Industry Board of Management, Deputy Chair of the Territory Housing Appeals Board and Commissioner of Oaths NT. In her spare time, Diane enjoys reading a good book and travelling, particularly on the water.

Richard Simpson, Board Director (REIV)

Richard Simpson is a partner in W. B. Simpson & Son, a family real estate business situated in North Melbourne with over 140 years of history.

As a Principal in a business that sells and leases both residential & commercial property, Richard has developed an excellent understanding of the major issues facing the real estate industry today.

Richard provides extensive input into the REIV and has previously served as Chair of the REIV Commercial & Industrial Chapter Committee.

Prior to joining the family business, Richard was a Chartered Accountant with a major firm where he worked in the banking and finance and property development sectors.

Richard was elected to the Board of the REIV in 2015 and is the immediate Past President. He has previously also served as Senior Vice President and Vice President.

Craig Bright, Board Director (ACT)

Craig Bright has been awarded an Associate Diploma with The Real Estate Institute of Australia and is also a registered Associate with the Real Estate Institute of the ACT and NSW. In addition to this, he has extensive experience with many of the major projects within the ACT.

Craig has also been a member of the ACT Housing Joint Venture Panel and past representative of the ACT Business Consultative Panel.

He is committed to professional service and has an intimate knowledge of the ACT market. Craig is well known throughout the Canberra Region and has an extensive client network with which he works very closely.

- Holder of course award Real Estate Sales CIT Advanced Certificate in Business (Real Estate Agency).
- Certificate of Registration under the ACT Agents Agents Ordinance 1968.
- Holder of Corporation Licence with the Real Estate Services Council of NSW.
- Holder of Personal Licence with the Real Estate Services Council of NSW under the provisions of Property Stock and Business Agents Act 1941.
- Holder of Associate diploma with the Real Estate Institute of Australia Ltd.
- Holder of various qualifications through the Real Estate Institute of the ACT as well as previous member of Real Estate committees.
- Member of the ACT Housing Joint Venture Panel.
- Representative on the ACT Business Consultative Panel.
- Past President and current Director of the Real Estate Institute of the ACT.
- ACT Representative on the National Board of the REIA.

Leanne Pilkington, Board Director (NSW)

Leanne is Managing Director of leading New South Wales boutique real estate group Laing+Simmons, and one of the real estate industry’s most respected and sought after commentators.

She’s the only female Managing Director in real estate franchising in New South Wales and one of only a handful in Australia. Addressing the gender imbalance, empowering women agents and pushing towards industry-wide professionalism are all key passions for Leanne.

She continues to pioneer industry firsts such as establishing a womens real estate networking group, and introducing counselling and employee assistance programs for Laing+Simmons team members, while serving on industry bodies and championing the growth of professionalism in the industry at large.

Her 35 years of experience covers the full spectrum of real estate services: residential sales, property management, retail management, commercial leasing, property development and franchise management.

Leanne is a Licensed Real Estate Agent, completed her Ass Dip Valuation at UTS, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration at the Sydney Graduate School of Management.

She has been a Finalist in both the Telstra and Optus Business Women awards, was awarded the REB Thought Leader for 2017, and is the current President of the REINSW.

Chris McGregor, Board Director (Tas)


Chris McGregor joined the Real Estate Industry in 1986. In that time he won several State MLS Awards. Chris has been the Managing Director of First National Real Estate McGregor since 1994 and is a past Director of First National, serving 4 years.

Chris has served on the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania (REIT) Board since 1989 and was elected State President from 1998 – 2000. He also served on the Real Estate Institute of Australia Board from 2004 to 2010 and as the Deputy President of the REIA in 2009-2010. Chris is a REIT Trainer and Auctioneer.

Chris is currently the National Australian Vice President for FIABCI which is the French acronym for the International Real Estate Federation which is based in Paris. Chris is also a member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

Chris is a Fellow of the Real Estate of Institute of Australia, Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and CPM, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. A member of the National Association of Realtors Global Business & Alliances Group USA and an Honorary Member of the SBAOR Global Real Estate Committee California USA.

Chris has served as an REIA National Awards Judge for Excellence since 2006 and is also a FIABCI Prix d’Excellence International Awards Judge from 2012.

Chris was the 2009 Recipient of the Prestigious John Greig Trophy for Service to the Real Estate Industry.

At the September 2013 REIT Awards night, Chris was awarded the highest honour you can receive from the REIT. Life Membership of the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania.

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Ray Ellis, Additional Director

Ray Ellis is an Australian businessman and CEO of the First National Real Estate network.

During Ray’s tenure the network has undergone an almost complete revolution of its product and service offering, developed industry leading internet marketing technologies, dramatically altered its corporate culture, arrested years of financial losses and returned to a position of growth.

These products and services have attracted recognition from the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), the Cannes International Festival and many other leading organizations which have delivered to the network’s agent’s greater efficiency and business growth.

In 2019 First National launched the most comprehensive package of marketing designed to communicate with the ‘Social Media’ generation. This generation places greater emphasis on obtaining information when and how they want it which has severely disrupted traditional methods of marketing and news delivery. This quantum leap further enhances the reputation of the First National Agency being the – local expert combined with a distribution channel that fits with today’s consumer.

The above is an indication of how Ray Ellis is recognized for his capacity to understand the challenges of the ever-changing business world, specializing in member-based organizations, delivering growth and financial returns for all stake holders today whilst simultaneously future proofing the organization for further sustainable growth for the future.

Ray Ellis in 2013, 2014 & 2015 was a Director on the Board of the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) and returned to that Directorship in March 2019.