Landcom Chair Peter Roberts today announced Chief Executive Officer John Brogden has advised the Board he will step down from his role as CEO when his contract concludes in May 2022.
Mr Brogden will leave Landcom to focus on his work in mental health, after six years as Chair and four years as Chief Executive Officer. Mr Brogden is the President of Lifeline International and will continue working with Lifeline Australia.
Mr Brogden said, “I will continue my business career and also devote more time to the work of Lifeline and suicide prevention in Australia and globally.”
Mr Roberts said that during his tenure, Mr Brogden worked tirelessly in challenging conditions to tackle housing affordability and create sustainable communities across Landcom’s $659 million portfolio.
“John is a leader with extraordinary drive, passion and commitment who has built Landcom’s mission to make it easier for people to buy a home, while also setting the benchmark for environmental sustainability, liveability and accessibility,” Mr Roberts said.
“Under John’s leadership, Landcom has been recognised as a global sustainability leader, in 2021 achieving second place in Australia and Oceania amongst residential developers in the GRESB (formerly Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark).
“Most recently, John’s strong leadership helped Landcom navigate continued successful operations and staff morale during the extremely difficult COVID-19 pandemic period.
“John has also championed relationships with Local Aboriginal Land Councils to responsibly develop their land with them, and successfully led Landcom’s commitment of 5-10 per cent affordable housing for key workers across its portfolio.”
Mr Brogden said while it was a difficult decision to leave Landcom, he felt now was the right time.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic I have seen just how important the fight for suicide prevention, better mental health in the community and psychological safety in the workplace is to our wellbeing,” Mr Brogden said.
“I have loved my time at Landcom - in the 45 years since it was created, Landcom has developed over 220 projects and 100,000 homes. Our projects have been at the forefront of sustainability and liveability and I am proud to have been part of the team here for 10 years.”
Mr Roberts said a recruitment process for a new CEO would commence shortly to ensure an orderly transition in the lead up to Mr Brogden’s departure from the organisation.
“The Landcom Board and team thank John for his deep commitment to the organisation over the past 10 years and wish him well for his new endeavours.”