Leonie Freeman to lead a session at CoLab 2018
Leonie Freeman will lead a session at PrefabNZ's CoLab 2018. Leonie has spent her whole career across many sectors in the property industry. She holds a Masters of Commerce from Lincoln University and is a Life Member of the Property Institute. She is an entrepreneur, housing strategist and speaker.
Leonie uses this fantastic Margaret Mead quote on her website: "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have". and we love it!
In 1996, she created the concept of what is now realestate.co.nz. The venture was originally known as RealENZ.co.nz. It was one of the first major commercial websites launched in New Zealand.
Her next project involved the purchase of a small run-down residential property management business. Leonie totally transformed ‘Interactive’ before selling it ten years ago.
After a well-earned break, Leonie made an unusual step across the divide and has spent eight years working in local and central government roles within housing as her way of making a contribution to our country. This included being brought into Housing New Zealand as the General Manager of Development with responsibility to turn it around. This broadened her social housing experience and at the request of then Minister of Finance, she led a strategic review of the Social Housing Programme in December 2015.
As a result of this, in October 2016 she launched a philanthropic and independent initiative with the sole purpose of solving Auckland’s housing crisis called thehomepage.nz and was the Chair of the recent Auckland Housing Summit.
She has been a director of the listed company – Goodman Property Trust since 2011 and is a regular and sought after print, radio and TV commentator.
Leonie was awarded the Property Institutes Supreme Property Award for 2017, was a finalist in the recent Westpac Women of Influence Awards and received the Property Council – Judges Choice award for 2017.
CoLab is the anticipated annual conference of PrefabNZ, its THE prefab and offsite event at the heart of innovative construction #CoLab2018, 7 - 9 March, Auckland. More information on session leaders, programme, site visits and registration click here.