Mr Robert Blain – Non-executive Director
FAPI, FRICS, 67
Director since: 8 March 2021
Last elected: 17 November 2021
Board Committee membership: Chair of the Investment Committee, Member of the Independent Board Committee and Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Based in: Australia
Stapled securities held: Nil (Initial Director's Interest Notice dated 8 March 2021)
Skills and Experience
Mr Blain has more than 40 years of real estate experience, including in property and asset management, strategic development, cross border activity and capital markets in Australia and across Asia.
After pursuing rural infrastructure interests, Mr Blain commenced his corporate career in Sydney in the late 1970s, obtaining a real estate licence and working for several years with LJ Hooker. He joined the Colliers Jardine Group as Sales Director before being appointed as Regional Service Director, Capital Markets APAC. From 1995 to 1998, Mr Blain held the position of Regional Investment Director based in Singapore and, in 1999, was appointed Australia Director. Mr Blain’s last role at the Colliers Jardine Group was as Chief Executive, New South Wales.
In 2002, Mr Blain joined CBRE as Managing Director, CBRE Hong Kong and China, based in Hong Kong. In 2003, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, CBRE Asia and, in 2005, became Chair and Chief Executive Officer, CBRE Asia-Pacific. Mr Blain was responsible for CBRE’s activities across Asia Pacific and was a member of the Global Operating Committee, based in the United States, driving CBRE’s global business strategy.
In 2014, Mr Blain transitioned to the role of Executive Chair, CBRE Asia Pacific and focussed on CBRE’s major clients and building strong relationships across the region. In 2019, Mr Blain retired from his Executive Chair and Global Operating Committee roles at CBRE and returned to Australia. In December 2022, Mr Blain was appointed Chair of LAWD.
Mr Blain is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.