Our board is a mix of seasoned property investment professionals

The PIPA Board of Directors all volunteer their time to help improve the professionalism of the property investment sector which strengthens consumer protection within the industry.

Nicola McDougall

Bachelor of Journalism, Master of Creative Writing


Nicola is the Director of Bricks & Mortar Media, a public relations and media consultancy that specialises in property and finance.

Nicola has been continually published as an award-winning journalist, professional writer and editor in Australia and New Zealand since 2002. 

She has also previously been the editor of Australian Property Investor (API) magazine and is the author of The Female Investor – Creating Wealth, Security, and Freedom Through Property.

In 2006, Nicola joined the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ), where she rose up the ranks to become Executive Manager Corporate Affairs. A key part of her role was acting as the managing editor of the REIQ’s monthly 56-page industry magazine, as well as detailed property research and analysis.

Nicola brings her familiarity with membership organisations, in-depth understanding of real estate matters as well as her own property investment experience to the PIPA board. 


Peter Koulizos

QPIA®, Master of Business (Property), Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Teaching Degree


Peter is currently the Program Director of the Master of Property at the University of Adelaide. He has been teaching in real estate and investment for over 20 years. Peter also personally invests in property and currently holds several properties.

Peter has the ability to combine the theory of property investment with the practical aspects so as to teach people how to make money for themselves from investing in property, whether they be buying, selling, renting, renovating, or developing property.

Peter researches property markets around the nation, looking for the best suburbs to invest in in each capital city. He has published three books, The Property Professor’s Top Australian Suburbs, Property vs Shares, and more recently, The Diary of a Small Developer. 

He is also a regular contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines, and websites and is sought after by TV and radio for his research, analysis, and comments on the property market.


Steve Waters

QPIA®, Licensed Real Estate Agent


Steve is a Director and Co-founder of Right Property Group, a specialist property investment consultancy and Buyers Agency located in Sydney, New South Wales.

Steve is a fully licenced Real Estate Agent with the New South Wales Department of Fair Trading. 

Steve has over 10 years of direct and comprehensive property investment experience and is himself an accomplished property investor with a substantial property holding.

Since becoming a Buyer’s Agent, Steve has successfully assessed, inspected, and negotiated more than 1,000 transactions. With his extensive networks and proven results, Steve is often approached by other industry peers to act on their behalf when locating and negotiating properties to add to their own portfolios.


Paul Glossop

Bachelor of Education, Licensed Buyer’s Agent, Diploma in Architectural Technology


Paul Glossop is the founder and director of Pure Property Investment and Finni Mortgages.  With formal training in Architectural technology and education, Paul has built a bespoke investment property buyer’s agency, focusing on the fundamentals of property investing. 

Pure Property Investment was founded to provide clients with a truly holistic approach to property investment from initial consultation to the acquisition of property.

Pure Property Investment is a true partner for its clients through the entire journey and has been acknowledged within the property industry as a true leader by winning the 2017 Optus Business Awards as the Property Company of the Year.


Richard Crabb

QPIA®, Licensed Real Estate Agent, Diploma of Financial Planning, SMSF certification, and an active property investor


Richard is the Founder and Managing Director of the ASPIRE Property Advisor Network.  After an extensive career in corporate finance and through his personal investing experience, Richard identified the need to create a system and framework that supports ethical, independent property investment advisors who operate in the new property market. 

The ASPIRE Property Advisor Network now supports independent property advisers across Australia by providing their business engine and acquisition process, designed around concepts of future compliance in the brand new property sector.

Richard together with the ASPIRE team have also developed a complete end-to-end software platform, which is leading the way to deliver property investment advice in the new property space.


Tim Ford

Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking


With over 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry, Tim is a highly regarded thought leader who is passionate about the Finance and Property industries.

Tim’s passion, vision and expertise have been highly sought after by numerous brokers and aggregators to guide them with their strategies to build integrated business models that incorporate finance to businesses in accounting, financial planning and property.

As the current National Manager of Strategic Partnerships with PLAN Australia, Tim has been instrumental in repositioning their value proposition to be focused on integrated business models.  Tim’s work has resulted in PLAN Australia seeing a significant uplift in recruitment and settlements volumes.

Tim believes that well-structured property advice and education is going to be a strong market differentiator for mortgage brokers into the future as competition continues to increase.


Richie Muir

Bachelor of laws (University of Glasgow), Australian Lawyer admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia


Richie is the legal director at lawlab, a leading national property law firm that has reimagined the conveyancing experience making property transactions simpler and more secure for customers and more transparent for property professionals.

Richie has extensive experience in the residential and commercial property law sectors and provides legal and compliance advice to property professionals, developers, real estate funds, proptechs, fintechs and home buyers and investors across multiple jurisdictions.

As a leader of a team that has managed over 45,000 property transactions throughout Australia in the last few years, Richie brings a depth of legal and service delivery experience to the PIPA board.


Lachlan Vidler

Bachelor of Business, Master of Commerce (Finance), Graduate Certificate in Property Investment


Lachlan Vidler is a former Naval Officer and is the founder and Director of Atlas Property Group. Atlas Property Group is an investment focused residential buyers agency that helps clients from around Australia to invest on a national scale.

As a former military officer and management consultant, Lachlan identified an opportunity to create a buyers agency that focused on a long-term strategic approach for clients. Lachlan is the co-author of A Military Guide to Property Investing and was a finalist for Buyers Agent of the Year and Rising Star in the 2022 REB Awards.


We strive to bring accountability, ethics, and education to the property investment industry.

PIPA exists to improve the professional standards of anyone providing property investment advice to consumers. Our voluntary Code of Conduct means that members adhere to a high set of professional standards to help protect consumers. Qualified Property Investment Advisers (QPIAs®) have the highest form of industry-recognised, specialist training and can be trusted to provide tailored and unbiased advice to consumers.

PIPA also regularly produces research, analysis, and publications to help educate our members, media, and consumers about the property investment sector.

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