Membership and Standards Recognition Board
Phil Western

Phil Western is Head of Government Services (Australia and New Zealand) for Opteon Property Group (with in excess of 570 valuers ).

Phil is well known in the Australasian property industry as a progressive senior executive with highly developed leadership skills and extensive experience in client relationship management across both public and private sectors.

Before joining Opteon, Phil was the New South Wales (NSW) Valuer General, a position he held for 11 years. As Valuer General, he was the principal advisor to the NSW Government on valuation matters and had overall responsibility for the valuation system that generated annual property tax revenue in excess of US$3.7 billion.

Phil was responsible for some significant improvements to the valuation system, including an enhanced customer service philosophy and improved transparency in valuation decisions provided to the public. This resulted in significantly improved public confidence and trust in the NSW valuation system.

Phil is a past National President of the Australian Property Institute (API), the preeminent property professional organisation in Australia with approximately 8,000 members; –Current Director of Strategic Initiatives – Australasia for the International Property Taxation Institute (IPTI) and the Australasian representative on the IPTI Advisory Board; and the current Chair of the Gymnastics New South Wales Board of Management, a sporting organisation with approximately 62,000 members.