Media Contact

The REIA President is available for market commentary and current affairs affecting Australia’s real estate sector.

This includes but is not limited to: national sales and rental markets, housing supply and affordability, RBA decisions, ABS housing and lending statistics, housing matters before Federal Parliament and national real estate standards and integrity matters.

To arrange comment from REIA President Leanne Pilkington please contact:

Olwyn Conrau
REIA Media Consultant  

About Leanne

Leanne Pilkington is Chief Executive Officer and Director of boutique real estate network Laing+Simmons. She is the Past President of the Real Estate Institute of NSW, and the current President of the Real Estate Institute of Australia. She is also a Trustee on the REISuper Board.

She is one of only a handful of women leading franchise organisations across the country. Addressing gender imbalance, empowering women agents, developing a Male Champions for Change program suitable for small business and leading the push towards industry-wide professionalism are all key passions for Leanne.

Over the course of her career, Leanne has pioneered many industry firsts. She established the Real Women in Real Estate (RWIRE) networking group, which is now an international initiative, and introduced counselling and employee assistance programs for Laing+Simmons team members. She has consistently served on industry bodies and championed the growth of professionalism in the industry at large.

Her 40 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, and has won the AREA Award for Most Influential Woman in Property. She was awarded the REB Industry Thought Leader of the Year Award in 2017, 2020 and 2022, was a finalist in 2018 and 2019, and was the REB Association Professional of the Year in 2019.

Additionally, Leanne was awarded the REB Women’s Community Program Award in 2019 (for RWIRE) and the overall REB Excellence Award 2019. She was also recognised in The Sydney Power 100, The Daily Telegraph’s list of Sydney’s most influential people.