IPAV Virtual European Valuation Conference & Exhibition - Speakers

Delivering Valuation Excellence in an Evolving Market Place 


Conference Moderators & Speakers



Carol Tallon

Carol Tallon, CEO of communications agency Property District, specialises in PR, new media and public consultation for the built environment. With more than 15 years across the planning, construction, property and proptech sectors, Carol has worked with government departments, industry representative bodies, property developers, construction contractors, auctioneering firms and media outlets. In addition to founding Proptech Ireland back in 2016, Carol and the Property District team produce Ireland’s first weekly radio show for the property industry ‘Property Matters’ on Dublin South FM and iPropertyRadio.com. 

 Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates has a unique set of Irish life experiences over the past 4 decades – as Radio and TV broadcaster, Businessman, Company Director, Former Politician and Farmer as well as Author and Columnist. Yates presented ‘The Hard Shoulder’ on Newstalk 4pm-7pm weeknights. He also presented ‘The Tonight Show’ on Virgin Media with Matt Cooper, Monday to Thursday at 10pm. On television, Ivan co-presented a new show ‘Sunday AM’ with Anna Daly prior to a three-year stint of co-presenting ‘The Tonight Show’ with Matt Cooper both on Virgin Media One. This programme, which took over from Vincent Browne, had an average 120,000 viewers tuning in nightly, with the show raking in more than 2.2 million viewers since the outbreak of Covid in March 2020.  In August 2020, Ivan stepped back from full time media work in Dublin to return to the family home and farm in Enniscorthy. Ivan, above all else is a serial entrepreneur, who seeks to focus in a selective and strategic way on new opportunities; bringing his varied business, political and media experiences to benefit a wide range of companies and organisations. 

 Tom Crosse  

Tom Crosse, IPAV’s President, is Group Director of GVM Auctioneers with offices in Limerick, Kilmallock and Tullamore.  A native of West Tipperary, he is a Fellow of IPAV and previously served as IPAV President in 1997/98. Tom is a qualified Recognised European Valuer, Convenor of IPAV’s Agri Committee and serves on IPAV’s Members’ Assist & Mentoring Committee.  Tom is a regular contributor to IPAV’s annual Farming Report and has extensive experience across the property spectrum, notably in the agri/commercial/residential sector in sales, lettings and valuations.

 Michael MacBrien


A Canadian citizen, Michael MacBrien is trained in Belgian and European law. In the 1980s, at the European Banking Federation, he worked on the Directives that formed the basis for the EU Internal Market for Financial Services. In 1994, he co-founded the European affairs firm MACBRIEN CUPER ISNARD. In 1996-97 he oversaw the foundation of the European Property Federation and has been its director general ever since. He has been an advisor to TEGoVA, The European Group of Valuers’ Associations, since 2004.



Ella Dunphy

Ella Dunphy FIPAV REV MMCPEI MSCSI MRICS is a business owner since 2002, when she was the first female Auctioneer/Estate Agent to open in Kilkenny city. Ella is a Property Professional specialising in Residential & Commercial Sales and Lettings and Consultancy. She is an Expert Valuer with TEGoVA (REV) and holds SCSI qualifications. A Registered Valuer with all major Banks/Lending Institutions, Private Equity Companies, Private individuals, Pension Funds, Semi-state Bodies, local Authorities and Religious Orders.  Offering informed perspectives on all Real Estate Valuations and Consulting to include Open Market valuations, Development advise, Loan Book reviews, Ownership restructuring, Investment port-folios, Legal, Probate, Fair Deal, Rent Reviews and Lease Renewals for Landlords and Tenants. Ella is a Fellow of IPAV Council and served as IPAV President in 2018. She is a Board Member of the Property Services Regulatory Authority, a member of the TEGoVA Business Valuations Committee (EBVSB) and Council member of Kilkenny Rotary Club & Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce.

 Roger Messenger

Roger is a REV (Recognised European Valuer), is immediate past Chairman and current Vice Chairman of TEGoVA as well as Chairman of the European Valuation Qualifications Board and Recognition Committee. Roger is the Senior Partner with Wilks Head and Eve and has been with the partnership for over 35 years.  He is a Chartered Surveyor and a member of the Institute of Arbitrators.  He is a member of the Council of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation and he was President of the Institute in 2001/02 and also in 2011/12 which is very unusual. Past president of Rating Surveyors Association and current committee member. Roger is an established speaker on the commercial conference circuit and is a RICS Registered Valuer.

Professor Nick French

Nick is a recognised expert in the area of property valuation and appraisal. Previously, he has worked at as a professor at various Universities in the UK, Europe and the USA teaching extensively in the areas of valuation, investment and corporate real estate on BSc, MSc and MBA programmes. Currently, he is working closely with The European Group of Valuation Associations (TEGoVA) on a number of research matters and he recently authored the TEGoVA report “Pricing to Market – Report on Comparable Evidence in Property Valuation”. He is also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has regularly served on the various committees such as the UK Valuation Board and the Corporate Real Estate Strategy Group. He was also a member of the Professional Board of the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC).

Maeve Hogan

Maeve was appointed as Chief Executive of the Property Services Regulatory Authority in August, 2015.  As the Regulator of property services providers, Maeve is committed to driving standards, professionalism and compliance in the sector through operating an effective licensing system, complaints investigations process, a systematic auditing function and a programme of  continuous professional development.


John Kennedy

John is MD of the 4property Group, with over 20 years experience in design and technology specialising in real estate operation, publishing and financial systems. In July 2019 4property launched a new innovative valuation and market intelligence platform called iPPi.io  It provides the market with intelligence tools, analytics and insights on stock and prices so all stakeholders in the market can act with confidence and strategically on sound data collated and analysed by real estate data scientists. A member of the IPAV and IEI and a TeGOVA Bluebook TRV valuer.

 Adam Ferguson

Adam has spent the last decade working in digital marketing, mainly via roles at Ding.com and Distilled Sch (the parent company of Daft, DoneDeal and Adverts). Before entering the world of digital Adam worked in both the construction and property industries. Having started as Head of Marketing at Distilled Sch in January 2018, he is now the General manager of Daft. where he is combining his industry knowledge, digital skillset and data driven approach to deliver customer centric property products. Adam lives with his family in Shankill and is from Bandon, Co Cork.

Patricia Murray

Patricia is the professional Work and Organisational Psychologist at the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). She directs and manages the national workplace psychosocial Programme of Work.  She set up the stress and bullying policy areas and led HSA initiatives for the improvement of workplace systems for increased employee well-being, including for stress reduction, bullying resolution, mental health promotion and increased targeted safety behavior, using evidence-based insights. She has widely presented at national and international conferences on various aspects of workplace behavior and continues to provide expertise on behalf of the HSA, to various national and EU bodies.  

Ted C. Jones PhD

Ted C. Jones is the Chief Economist-Senior Vice President for Stewart Title Guaranty Company NYSE-STC  An accomplished speaker, he gives more than 150 presentations on real estate and the economic outlook each year. Representative groups addressed include: CCIM, SIOR, Appraisal Institute, National Association of Realtors®, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives, Fannie Mae, American Land Title Association, The Housing Round Table, Association of University Real Estate Officials, New Zealand Property Management Institute, Employees Relocation Council, RE/MAX, KELLERWILLIAMS, the Institute of Professionals in Taxation, the American Bar Association, the Association of Real Estate Law Licensing Officials, the National Conference on Unit Value Standards and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sarah Sherlock

Sarah Sherlock is the current Chair of the Geomatics Group within the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and Irish Representative to the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE). She has several years’ experience spanning many sectors, involving many notable and high-value real estate transactions both in Ireland and the UK. Sarah is currently a Geospatial Consultant with Murphy Surveys.  There she leads the property technical due diligence research team, in areas such as area measurement, its reporting and boundary surveys. Standards are a matter that Sarah considers very important. She currently sits on a number of standard-setting committees – making sure measurement is carefully considered – in Ireland, the UK, and Internationally. 

John LeTourneau 

John LeTourneau has been actively involved in both residential and commercial real estate for over a decade.   He has served a wide range of clients from the entry level to the ultra-luxury, and completed office, retail, industrial, multi-family, and medical office transactions.  He is currently the Commercial Director at Keller Williams Realty. As his career developed, John has always believed in giving back to the real estate community. He is the Treasurer of The Mainstreet Organization of Realtors, which is the 6th largest association in the United States, a member of the Board of Directors of Illinois Realtors, the Illinois Realtor’s Liaison to the Irish Consulate in Chicago, a Legislative Contact for State Senator John Curran, and serves on various committees for his Local, State, and National Realtor Associations.  He speaks across the United States, Canada and Europe on a wide range of real estate topics and is a tireless advocate for raising the bar in the real estate industry.

 Pat Davitt 

Pat has worked in the auctioneering industry for over 30 years. Currently CEO of IPAV, in the absence of any national valuations standards in Ireland he spearheaded the introduction of the ‘Blue Book’ European valuation standards in 2013. These standards are recognised by the Irish Central Bank and the European Central Bank for which they hold default status.  He has overseen the growth of a comprehensive system of professional education and development for members and for those wishing to enter the profession. Pat was elected to the Board of The European Group of Valuers Associations (TEGoVA) in 2017 and is also a member of its European Valuation Qualifications Board. He was elected to the Board of CEPI, the European Association for Real Estate Agents in 2017.




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