Board & CEO

Board of Directors

Richard Simpson


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 has previously served as Senior Vice President and Vice President.


Robyn Waters

Senior Vice President

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. 



Leah Calnan

Vice President

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.



Michael Blake


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.



Adam Docking


Director of MJ Docking & Associates, Adam Docking has more than 20 years' experience in the real estate industry. The Vermont based agency was founded by his father in 1983 and operates in the residential, commercial and property management sectors. 

An Associate of the Real Estate Institute, Adam has been an REIV member since 1994. He is passionate about auctioneering and is the current chair of the REIV's Auction Chapter.

Adam was elected to the REIV Board of Directors in 2017.



Noel Dyett


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.


Frank Hellier


Frank Hellier has been actively involved with the REIV for many years, serving on a range of Institute committees and divisions including the Auction and Buyers' Agents Chapters.  

He is a past member of the Estate Agents Council and chaired the Best Practice Committee for a decade. Frank has previously served the Institute at its highest level, as President from 2002-2003.

He is a licensed estate agent, accredited auctioneer and a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Australia. After operating his own independent agency in the bayside area for 25 years, Frank joined the Barry Plant Real Estate Group in July 2016. Frank returns to the Board in 2017, having served previously as a Director from 1998-2009 and 2013-2016.


Sophie Lyon


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. 



Lee Maher


Active in the industry for more than two decades, Lee Maher is a licensed estate agent working in residential sales, buyer advocacy, auctioneering and property management.

Lee has been involved with the Institute for most of her real estate career, serving on a number of REIV committees, chapters and divisions. She is also the current Chair of the REIV Sales Chapter.

Lee was elected to the REIV Board of Directors in 2017 and is the Managing Director of Oak Estate Agents in Melbourne. 


Sam Tamblyn

Additional Director

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.



Brian Ward

Additional Director

Brian Ward is an experienced commercial lawyer and business consultant. He developed an interest in Board governance and ethics during his extensive law career and has served on numerous Boards. This includes a Federal Cabinet appointment as Chair of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Advisory Group as well as the National Vice Chair of the Australian Red Cross.

A recipient of an Order of Australia medal in 2008, Brian has also been admitted to the Roll of Honour in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne.

Brian was appointed to the REIV Board in March 2018 as an additional, non-executive Director.


Cameron Way


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


Gil King

Gil King joined the REIV as CEO in early 2017. Gil brings a wealth of experience to the role, both within membership organisations and within policy and regulatory environments.

Gil was most recently Executive Director of the Housing Industry Association, a role held since 2009. He has had over 20 years’ involvement in the building industry, including as Director Regulatory Compliance at the Victorian Building Commission (now Victorian Building Authority).