Member spotlight: Kate Bingham

As the Young Property Professional's chair in the API's WA Division, Kate Bingham has a continued focus on organising and running successful YPP events

As chair of the Young Property Professionals (YPP) in the API’s WA Division, Kate Bingham has her sights set on further enhancing the pathways for up-and-coming property professionals.

Her plans for the final six months of 2013 include a continued focus on organising and running successful YPP events.

How long have you been in the property industry?

I’ve been in the property industry for five years now. I began as a trainee valuer while still studying full time at university.

Where did you attend university and what did you study?

I gained my Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in property and finance, as well as a postgraduate certificate of property valuation, both from Curtin University in WA.

Where are you currently working?

I’m currently working as a valuer at Independent Valuers of Western Australia (IVWA).

How did you come to be in this role?

I was offered the chance to come and spend a week in the office at Independent Valuers of Western Australia to see if valuation was a career path I would enjoy. I was subsequently offered a part-time trainee role while completing my university course.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in this area?

I wanted the chance to be flexible in my career and found my property and finance double major to provide a great base in the industry as well as providing work–life balance. After spending time at IVWA, I decided that valuation was the career path I wanted as I enjoyed the chance to travel around the state seeing different country towns, regional centres and not being stuck at an office desk.

I have found valuation to be a flexible and rewarding career. I believe valuation is a great base for anyone looking to enter the property industry. A career in valuation facilitates a good understanding of the market, the pros and cons of different types of properties, as well as different valuation methods.

From valuation, you can move to areas such as property development, real estate sales/leasing, property analyst, feasibility studies, acquisitions and disposals, property management or you can specialise in particular types of properties.

What are your plans for 2013? What do you hope to achieve?

I am currently the Chair of the Young Property Professionals (YPP) in the API’s WA Division. In this capacity I plan to continue providing successful events while engaging further with property students, colleagues and industry members to ensure ours is the number one young member organisation for property professionals.

How could the API enhance service to members?

The API could further enhance its service to members by providing an easier online services and registration methods.

How is the API helping your career, and why do you believe a membership organisation such as the API is important to property professionals?

I believe a membership organisation is set up to ensure the ongoing integrity of its members by supporting them and providing valuable networks for ongoing professionalism.