The Board

Hayden Groves

REIA President

Hayden Groves was elected President of REIA in December 2021.

Since 2015, Hayden served as REIA’s Deputy President and Chair of the REIA Finance, Risk, and Audit Committee. He is also the immediate past President of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) and past Real Estate Employers’ Federation (REEF) of Western Australia.

Hayden wants everyone to win in real estate: business, customers, governments, and the broader community and believes furthering industry excellence and through Australia’s State and Territory Institutes is fundamental to achieving this goal.

Hayden has owned and operated leading independent Fremantle agency dethridgeGROVES since 2004. dethridgeGROVES excels in residential sales and property management and has been awarded the REIWA Large Agency of the Year 2020, Marketing and Communications Award 2020 and 2021; REIA Marketing and Communications Award 2021 and Rate My Agent Agency of the Year, Fremantle 2020 and 2021.

Hayden holds a Bachelor of Politics (Hons) from Monash University, is a licensed real estate agent, auctioneer and is an Associate of REIA.

Leanne Pilkington

REIA Deputy President / New South Wales

Leanne Pilkington is Chief Executive Officer and Director of boutique real estate network Laing+Simmons and is the immediate past President of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW). Leanne was elected Deputy President of REIA in 2021 and is a Director of REI Super.

Leanne’s 40 years’ experience covers the full spectrum of real estate services: sales, property management, retail, and commercial leasing and management as well as property development.

Being recognised in a range of awards such as Telstra and Optus Business awards to mention just two, she is considered a thought leader and one of the industry’s most influential people.

Leanne has pioneered a range of industry firsts, including being the founder of the Real Women in Real Estate (RWIRE) network holding events around the country, improving diversity on the REI Board, and champions the growth of industry professionalism.

Andrew bell


Andrew Bell and his brother Greg own and operate the Ray White Surfers Paradise Group. The largest real estate company in Queensland with over 200 staff operating through a wide range of real estate activities from all forms of residential, prestige homes, project marketing, commercial and industrial. They have been Ray White’s No.1 Residential office internationally on more than twenty occasions, as well as Ray White’s No.1 Commercial sales office internationally on numerous occasions.

Andrew has over 40 years experience in the real estate industry, first operating a three-office group in Sydney and now the largest independently owned real estate group in Queensland. Andrew is regarded as one of Australia’s most experienced and professional auctioneers. With his vast experience, Andrew is called upon to speak at many conferences and business groups and having been through five real estate cycles has a very clear understanding of the various stages of the real estate cycle.


Western Australia

Damian Collins is the current President of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) following his re-election in October 2020. Damian has served on REIWA Council since 2011 and actively supports and champions the WA real estate community through this leadership role.

Damian is the founder and Managing Director of Momentum Wealth and Chairman of Westbridge Funds Management. Having been an active investor himself for over 25 years, Damian continues to apply his extensive experience in property to help fellow investors make successful investments through direct and syndicated property.

Cain Cooke

South Australia

Cain is the Executive Chair of the Real Estate Institute of Australia South Australia.

Cain has held a range of roles in key South Australian and national brands including Discovery Parks, Specsavers, Cibo Espresso, Boost Juice & Century 21 Australia.

Cain was named in South Australia’s inaugural InDaily 40 Under 40 Business Leaders.

Ray Ellis


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.

Hannah Gill

Australian Capital Territory

Hannah is the Director of Property Management at the Property Collective and the President of the Real Estate Institute of the ACT.

She brings over thirteen years experience in property management as well as build-to-rent, affordable housing and people and culture.

Hannah is an accomplished industry speaker and consultant which was recognised at the 2020 Telstra Businesswoman of the Year (Medium & Large Business).

Adrian Kelly


Adrian is the founder and CEO of View Real Estate which is an independent agency comprising seven sales and property management offices across Tasmania.

Adrian is a licensed real estate agent and auctioneer, Director of the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania, a past President of the REIT and the immediate past president of the Real Estate Institute of Australia (2018 – 2021). Adrian is a Director on the Property Agents Board which is the regulatory authority in Tasmania and is a Fellow of the REIA.

Adrian was born and raised in Hobart and has worked in the Tasmanian real estate industry since 1990.

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 specialising in plant and equipment and asset sales.

Carol Need

Northern Territory

Carol Need, Need Real Estate, has over 20 years’ experience in the NT Market, specializing in Property Management, Sales, and Relocation Services.

Carol is Vice President of the Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory and President of the Women’s Network NT.

Carol has a Diploma in Property and is a Cert 4 trainer and Assessor. Since 1999, Carol has been a key trainer at the Real Estate Institute NT since 1999.

Richard Simpson


Richard Simpson is a partner in W. B. Simpson & Son, a family real estate business situated in North Melbourne with over 150 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.

Prior to joining W.B. Simpson & Son, Richard spent 10 years as a chartered accountant with KPMG. He reached the level of Senior Manager in the practice where he specialised in Property, Banking, and Finance.

Richard has a Bachelor of Business (Property) at RMIT and a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University.

Richard was elected to the Board of the REIV in 2015 and is the current Senior Vice President. 

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Corporate Governance

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