New Presidents - Life Member Announced - Fellowships

There has been a changing of the guard at the top of the Property Institute of New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Valuers following this year's online Annual General Meetings.

Following a Board meeting today, Ben Gill has formally been appointed as PINZ President following the departure of Luke van den Broek, while Heather Beard has been appointed by Council to take on the NZIV Presidency following the decision by Adam Binns to step down.

Ben and Heather both serve on the PINZ Board (Heather also NZIV Council) and both have previously been part of the Insitutes' Future Leaders programmes.

Life Membership Announced at AGMs

Life membership is the highest honour the Institutes can bestow on a member and recognises their outstanding contribution to the organisation, profession and broader industry.

This year's recipient is CHRISTOPHER NEIL SEAGAR – FPINZ/FNZIV (Life) 

Chris qualified with a Diploma in Urban Valuation from Auckland University in May 1972 and became a Registered Valuer in 1974.  Chris was elevated to Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers in 1998.
Chris served on the NZIV Council as the Northern Region Councillor from 1996 until 1999 and he was one of three Directors appointed to the newly established PINZ Establishment Board.
From 2000 to 2002 Chris served as a Director on the PINZ Board where he played a fundamental role in shaping the Property Institute.
Chris was elevated to the position of President of the Property Institute of New Zealand and Chair of the Board of Directors in 2003. 
Chris is the Principal Valuer of Seagars (Auckland) Limited Registered Valuers and Property Advisors which employs 25 valuers across two offices in Auckland. His experience in private practice has encompassed a wide range of valuation and property advisory work for the private and banking sectors of the property industry over the past 48 years. 
He has also specialised in Airport valuations including the commercial assets and land at Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington airports. Other areas of specialisation have been in the valuation of specialist assets including the education assets of AUT in Auckland, several major marinas and seabeds throughout the Auckland region and the valuation of a number of significant coastal developments including golf courses and resorts in Auckland, Northland, the Coromandel and Hawke’s Bay.
Chris has been appointed as expert or arbitrator in numerous valuation related disputes and has appeared as an expert witness in various judicial hearings on a wide range of matters.

2022 Fellowships
Martyn John Craven – FPINZ/FNZIV
Martyn became a Registered Valuer in 2002 and is currently an Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers and a Senior Member of the Property Institute of New Zealand. He is also a member of the Land Valuation Tribunal in Taranaki and is a Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Martyn has been involved with the PINZ/NZIV Rotorua & Taupo branch for seven years where he was previously Chairperson until 2020 and currently serves as Treasurer.
Martyn remains in a full-time senior valuation role within TelferYoung.
Martyn has a wealth of experience and has become a specialist in forestry, farm valuation, telecommunications and litigation.
Raewyn Maree Fortes – FPINZ  
Raewyn has been a member of PINZ for 24 years, has served on the PINZ & NZIV Manawatu branch management committee for seven years, and was the vice president of the branch from 2002-2003. Raewyn also sat on the Property and Valuations Standards Board in 2012.
Raewyn is currently employed by Auckland Transport where she is a senior technical property specialist and advises fellow property professionals on a range of transport and infrastructure related matters.
From 2001-2011 Raewyn was a lecturer in valuation for urban property at Massey University where she was involved in organising seminars for PINZ members.
Graeme David Berryman – FPINZ  
Graeme has had a long and distinguished career in commercial property management and residential property management having become an Associate of REINZ in 1969 (the youngest ever Associate at the time), a registered valuer in 1982 and admitted as an Associate Member of NZIV in 1983. 
He has been involved with David Berryman Limited since 1967 and has been the company’s principal salesperson, valuer, property manager and managing director. He established David Berryman Nationwide Real Estate Limited in 1979 and has served, at various times, as director, treasurer and secretary.
During his career, Graeme has completed a large number of substantial real estate sales, valued a wide range of property interests throughout West Auckland and managed a number of commercial properties of all sizes.

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