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HIA appoints Victorian Executive Director

Media release

HIA appoints Victorian Executive Director

Media release
The Housing Industry Association today announced the appointment of Keith Ryan as the Executive Director - Victoria. His appointment will take effect on 5 January 2023.

HIA’s Managing Director, Graham Wolfe said he was delighted to announce Keith’s appointment to this key role, adding that his promotion demonstrates the depth of industry experience and talent within HIA.

“Keith’s promotion to Executive Director – Victoria recognises the value of his knowledge, experience and skills, and his commitment to leadership, member services and industry advocacy in representing the residential building industry across Victoria,” said Mr Wolfe.

Keith joined HIA in 2015 as Manager, Workplace Services for Victoria and Tasmania. He was appointed as the Deputy Executive Director for Victoria in September 2020.

“Keith has been a strong advocate for the residential building industry and as a senior member of our management team, Keith played a key role in steering the Association in Victoria through the COVID-19 pandemic, providing critical support to the industry to navigate the complex restrictions and working environment the residential building industry faced.”

Before joining HIA he worked for twenty years as a lawyer and consultant with particular emphasis on policy and regulation development, commercial dispute resolution, construction law, transport law and administrative law.

“I understand how critical it is that HIA continues to be the voice of the residential building industry and engage with the government to represent the interests of our members. HIA’s focus will always be on improving housing affordability and providing access to a home for all Victorians. I very much look forward to taking on this role and I am excited about the opportunity to continue to work with our members over the coming years,” said Mr Ryan.

“The housing industry is a major contributor to the economy and faces significant challenges in the years ahead. While the worst of the pandemic is over, home builders and renovators are still dealing with a difficult working environment. Increased costs, trade shortages and the weather continue to delay work.

“The emerging slowdown in new home building is set to come at a time when the Government is considering further building reforms, which will add to the uncertainty. My role will be to work with the Government to ensure these changes promote a strong working environment for builders and trade contractors and deliver more homes for Victorians in the years ahead.“

Mr Ryan replaces the current Victorian Executive Director, Fiona Nield, who has been promoted to a national Chief Executive role with the Association.

HIA is the voice of Australia’s residential building industry, presenting the industry’s views, perspectives and forecasts to governments, regulators and media and to the broader community. The Association provides extensive support, services and facilities for our broad membership base, which includes builders, trade contractors, planning professionals, manufacturers and suppliers, building designers, associates and partners. 

For more information please contact:

Graham Wolfe

Managing Director

Keith Ryan

Executive Director - Victoria
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