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REINZ announces new Board Directors, Life Members and Fellows 

28 November 2023

During their Annual General Meeting (AGM) the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) announced the election of three Regional Directors to the REINZ Board, the appointment of three Directors (two independent and one appointed), the granting of Life Membership status to four members, and the granting of Fellows (FREINZ) status to two members.

Treena Drinnan (AREINZ) re-joins the Board as the Regional Director for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel (Region 1); Andrew (Andy) Gerald Stewart (FREINZ) joins the Board as the Regional Director for Hawkes Bay, Manawatu/Wanganui, Taranaki, Wellington (Region 3); Angus (Gus) Johnston (AREINZ) joins the Board as the Regional Director for Otago, Southland, Central Otago Lakes (Region 5); Nicola Riordan joins the Board as an Independent Director; Miriam Dean and Jo-Anne Clifford re-join the board as Independent Director and Appointed Director respectively. More information about the Directors follows the release.

Life Membership was granted to: Ashley Michael Goodwin, Elizabeth (Liz) Nidd, Ian Lyle Keightley, and Antony (Tony) James Jenkins. More information about Life Members follows the release.

FREINZ status was awarded to: Jonothan (Jon) Irving and Richard Gordon Alexander Findlay. More information about FREINZ follows the release.

Treena, Andy and Gus were appointed as Regional Directors following a nomination and election process — voted on by eligible REINZ members. The appointment of Nicola, Miriam, and Jo-Anne as Independent and Appointed Directors follows the decision of a designated appointment panel. 

Three Directors’ terms ended at the AGM. Gail Hudson (AREINZ) stepped down as Regional Director for Region 5, having completed the maximum term as a Director on the REINZ Board. Malcolm Morris’s (AREINZ) term as Regional Director for Region 3 also ended. Angela Bull stepped down as Independent Director after serving on the Board for five years.

Jen Baird, Chief Executive of REINZ said, “I am delighted to welcome Andy, Gus and Nicola to the REINZ Board, and am happy to welcome back Treena, Miriam and Jo-Anne to the Board. With these great leaders at the helm, I have no doubt that they will steer REINZ and its members to greater heights. I would also like to congratulate and welcome our new Life and FREINZ Members.”

“I would also like to acknowledge our outgoing Directors, Gail Hudson, Malcolm Morris and Angela Bull. Their contributions have been invaluable, and their support is greatly appreciated.”

These appointments are effective as of Wednesday 29 November 2023.

For further information or media enquiries, please contact Laura Wilmot, Head of Communications and Engagement at REINZ, at [email protected] or 021 953 308.


For further information or media enquires, please contact:

Laura Wilmot, Head of Communications and Engagement at REINZ, at [email protected] or 021 953 308.

More Information

REINZ is a membership organisation supporting over 17,000 real estate professionals across New Zealand, working in all areas of real estate – residential and rural sales, auctioneers, business brokers, commercial and industrial sales, leasing and residential property managers.

About the AGM

REINZ’s AGM is an opportunity for Members to meet (either online or in person), discuss what happened at REINZ during the past year, and discuss plans for the future. The AGM covers a range of important topics, such as the outcome of any elections for Regional Directors, the appointment of any new Independent Directors, and voting at the meeting for new REINZ Life Members.

Regional Directors
The two-year term for Regions 1, 3 and 5 came to an end this year. Applications were invited from professionals in those regions and a vote was held electronically for eligible members.
Treena Drinnan was the incumbent Regional Director for Region 1 and put herself up for re-election. There were no challengers, so she was deemed elected. Based in Auckland, Treena has over 28 years of experience in management, marketing, administration, and franchising of real estate. She is a licensed agent and has held senior management roles for various Australasian real estate franchises. Treena is currently the Chief Agency Officer at Ray White and sits on the corporate leadership team, providing strategic direction.
Andy Stewart was voted the Regional Director for Region 3. Hailing from Palmerston North, Andy has served REINZ since 1992 as a committee member, deputy President, and Chair of the local Investigation sub-committee. He also served on the Real Estate ITO (Industry Training Organisation) Board. In 2009 he was elected to be the REINZ Ambassador for Palmerston North.
Gus Johnston was voted the Regional Director for Region 5. Born and brought up in Southland, Gus has been part of the real estate industry since 1988. He was president of the Southland Branch of the Real Estate Institute and a Co-Founder of Southland Real Estate, where he worked for 29 years. He still works at the company, which now trades as Bayleys SRE, on a semi-retired basis.


Independent and Appointed Directors

A designated appointment panel chose Nicola Riordan as the new Independent Director from several candidates. Nicola has over 15 years of experience – both in New Zealand and internationally – spanning technology, data, marketing, finance, real estate and governance. She has worked in companies such as OneRoof,, Xero, and Skype.

Miriam Dean is the incumbent Deputy Chair / Independent Director. She was reappointed to the board by a designated appointment panel. Miriam is an experienced litigator, director and reviewer. Her current roles include Chair of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, director of Rau Paenga Ltd (Crown Infrastructure Delivery Ltd) and Chorus Ltd and member of the Advisory Committee of the Government’s New Zealand Claims Resolution Service.

Jo-Anne Clifford is the incumbent appointed director. She was also reappointed by a designated appointment panel. Jo-Anne brings a wealth of experience across many facets of real estate. Her current roles include Chief Operations Officer of Harcourts New Zealand, Director of Mortgage Express Ltd and Astute Financial Management Ltd. Jo-Anne is also Chair of the Digital Transformation Sub-Committee and oversees the Auction Sector Group.

Life Members

Life Member status acknowledges the lifelong dedication our chosen members have exhibited to improving the institute and the real estate profession.  Four members were granted Life Membership at the 2023 AGM.

  • Ashley Michael Goodwin, Auckland
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Anne Nidd, Dunedin
  • Ian Lyle Keightley, Queenstown
  • Antony (Tony) James Jenkins, Christchurch
FREINZ Members
FREINZ status is granted in recognition of members’ excellence, longevity and commitment to the real estate industry. Two members were granted FREINZ status at the 2023 AGM.
  • Jonothan (Jon) Irving, Invercargill
  • Richard Gordon Alexander Findlay, Wellington

For more information about the Directors, Life Members, and FREINZ Members, and to see our Annual report for 2023, visit the REINZ’s website.