Board of Directors
Joseph Walton is a passionate property professional with vast knowledge and experience in all sectors of the property market, encompassing the sale and leasing of commercial, retail and industrial properties, in addition to residential sales. Joseph has worked extensively with government departments, publicly-listed entities, charitable foundations and high-net-worth private individuals.
Prior to being elected to the Board, he served as Chair of the Commercial and Industrial Chapter Committee and was a member of the Education Committee, Members Council and the Central Melbourne Division.
Joseph is currently Director of Melbourne based commercial agency Allard Shelton Pty Ltd and was elected to the REIV Board of Directors in 2014.
Senior Vice President
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 is the current Chairman 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.
Robyn Waters has been an active REIV member since 1982, serving on numerous Chapter, Branch and Board committees including the Estate Agents Council. A licensed estate agent with experience across all facets of real estate practice, Robyn is also a fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Notably, Robyn has extensive international experience, previously serving as World President of FIABCI (The International Real Estate Federation) in 2014. Robyn is the REIA Trustee to the International Ethical Standards Coalition and currently operates as a sole trader providing real estate services to a select portfolio of clients.
Michael Blake is a licensed estate agent and auctioneer, commencing his real estate career in 1986. He is passionate about training, ethics and ensuring the REIV delivers important services to members.
This is Michael's second term on the Board, previously serving between 2009 and 2011. As the chairperson of the Goulburn Valley Division of the REIV and its Members Council Representative, Michael brings to the Board a range of regional perspectives.
He is also a member of the Estate Agency Council, which advises the REIV Board on a range of issues.
Leah Calnan has a long history of involvement with the REIV including as Chairperson of the Property Management Chapter Committee and as a training facilitator in Property Management.
Leah’s experience encompasses more than 20 years in the property industry, commencing as an Assistant Property Manager.
Leah is currently proprietor and Director of Metro Property Management & Metro Property Sales and was elected to the REIV Board of Directors in 2014.
Noel Dyett has been actively involved in the real estate industry for more than three decades. A licensed estate agent, certified practicing accountant and sworn valuer, during his career Noel has sold, leased and managed residential, commercial and industrial property.
He has a long history of involvement with the REIV, holding a number of senior Board positions including President and Senior Vice President, as well as REIA President in 2008 and 2009.
Noel has also served on a number of Institute committees and is currently a Bendigo representative at Members' Council.
Gavan Lethlean is a licensed estate agent with over 40 years' experience. He is the principal of Lethlean Property, a commercial, industrial and residential property and sales management company. He is also a qualified valuer, specialising in property, plant, machinery and business valuations and consultancy. Gavan has a wide range of experience in commercial, industrial and residential property financing, sales, leasing, management and related property areas.
He is a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, a Fellow Valuer and Fellow Land Economist of the Australian Property Institute, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an Associate of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia. He has been awarded Associate status of Arthritis Foundation of Victoria and has been a Justice of the Peace for over 32 years.
Gavan originally joined the REIV in 1967, leaving the Institute in 1972 when his career followed the corporate and property finance path, and eventually re-joining the Institute in 1990. He was appointed as a director of the REIV in 2008.
Joining the REIV Board as an independent director in July 2011, Andrew Logie-Smith possesses an energetic leadership style and commercially geared approach that sets the tone for his professional endeavours.
A graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he was admitted to legal practice in 1981 and comes from a commercial and corporate background, with a focus on strategic advice to business involving corporate governance and fund-raising (Corporations Act and ASX Listings), mergers and acquisitions and the Federal Government contracts sector. Andrew's professional industry sector experience covers real estate, logistics, media, defence, manufacturing and primary industry.
Andrew is a Director of WTFN Holdings Group, Eco Golf and The Acquis Group, and a member of the Australian Defence Industry Network (Vic), the Law Institute of Victoria, the Australian Club and Sandringham Yacht Club.
Sophie Lyon returns to the Board, having served previously as an REIV Director in the past decade (2008-2014). An experienced agent, specialising in property management, Sophie is also a licensed estate agent.
Her involvement with the REIV dates back to 1994 - participating in a range of committees such as Members' Council, Ethics Committee and Past Chairman of the Property Management Chapter, as well as being an REIV accredited trainer.
She has previously worked with a number of large organisations in Melbourne, and is currently General Manager Property Management at Jellis Craig Boroondara, overseeing a division which manages more than 2,500 residential properties.
Sam Tamblyn is the founder of Urban Property Australia, a property valuation and advisory company servicing leading corporates, financial institutions and private investors. Sam has a passion for real estate and recognises the important role played by industry networks, currently chairing the REIV's Valuation Chapter.
He has more than 16 years of local and international property experience, including senior roles in Melbourne, Los Angeles and New York with CB Richard Ellis, Credit Suisse and Kimco Realty Corporation. In the USA, Sam gained degrees from Columbia and Penn State universities and he also holds a Bachelor of Business (Property) from RMIT Melbourne. He has been a Certified Practising Valuer since 2002 and is a licensed Estate Agent.
Sam is an Associate of the Australian Property Institute and served on the API's Divisional Professional Board from 2009-2012. He is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Cameron Way has worked in the real estate sector for 27 years and is a fully licensed Estate Agent and an REIV Accredited Auctioneer.
Cameron has extensive sales and management expertise in both commercial and residential real estate.
Cameron has been a Director of CB Richard Ellis and is the current Managing Director of Woodards Blackburn. He was elected to the Board in 2015.
Chief Executive Officer
Geoff White has a long history of involvement with the REIV.
He has served on the REIV Board as a Director and President on two occasions and has also served on numerous REIV committees over nearly 30 years.
A fifth generation estate agent, Geoff has owned and operated his own agency and was CEO of a large dynamic Victorian real estate group and Victorian Real Estate Manager of a public company's real estate division.
Geoff was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Institute in 2016. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role.