IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers, has announced that chief executive Pat Davitt has signalled his intention to step down from his role at the end of the year. He was in the position for almost 10 years, leading and representing IPAV at national, European and wider levels.
peaking following the announcement, Mr Davitt said: “It is with a heavy heart I will be leaving an organisation I have been so privileged to serve, to be able to have worked with property, my passion, and to lead IPAV for 10 incredible years.
“Auctioneers, valuers and estate agents play a crucial role in the lives of consumers and businesses throughout the country. IPAV has been instrumental in growing standards in the profession and I would like to think that I have given strong leadership in that regard,” he said.
During his term Pat has overseen many major initiatives, including the introduction of the ‘Blue Book’ European valuation standards to Ireland in 2013, the introduction of IPAV’s first ever Bill, the Seller’s Legal Pack for Property Buyers Bill 2021, to the Oireachtas, and the setting up of a cross-party Oireachtas Committee on Housing.
His term also saw IPAV membership more than double, as did its education and training programmes for members and aspiring auctioneers and it became a leader in developing standards for the profession.
He served on a number of Irish and European boards, including TEGOVA, the European Group of Valuers’ Association.