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UDIA NSW names Stuart Ayres as Chief Executive Officer

The state’s leading development industry body, the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW, has announced the appointment of Stuart Ayres as Chief Executive Officer.

The UDIA NSW Board said: “UDIA NSW is delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart Ayres as our new CEO at a critical time for the housing and development industry in NSW.”

“As a prominent member and advocate of Australia’s fastest-growing region in Western Sydney, Stuart has a great understanding of both the economic opportunities and inherent challenges involved in the delivery of major projects that will create jobs and additional housing supply for NSW.

“He also understands the power of collaboration between industry and government, and what can be achieved when there is alignment of policy, investment and resourcing between the public and private sector.

“Following his distinguished career as a senior Cabinet Minister and Member of NSW Parliament, we are confident Stuart can reinforce UDIA’s standing as the leading voice for the development industry in NSW.”

Mr Ayres, who held numerous Ministerial portfolios in his time as the NSW Member for Penrith from 2010 to 2023, will commence his role as CEO in June 2024.

Mr Ayres said: “I’m enthusiastic about leading an organisation that is deeply committed to shaping cities and creating great communities.

“For a NSW Government that has building homes as its top priority, there are no more important partners than those businesses and organisations that are UDIA members. “I look forward to building on UDIA’s rich history of policy leadership and collaboration to ensure as a state we build more homes for people to live in and dynamic places to

The UDIA NSW Board acknowledges and thanks Gavin Melvin for his role as Acting CEO since January. He will continue with UDIA NSW in an expanded capacity, leading the organisation’s policy, research and business operations.

About Stuart Ayres

Mr Ayres was a member of the New South Wales Legislative from June 2010 to March 2023, representing the electorate of Penrith. He held various Ministerial portfolios, including Western Sydney, WestConnex, Police and Emergency Services, Tourism and Sport, and Enterprise, Investment and Trade.


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