REINZ Events

The REINZ board of nine members is comprised of:

  • five Regional Directors, one from each of five regions throughout New Zealand,
  • four appointees, of which two must be Independents, one of whom must be the Chair and one of whom must be a member from Region One.

Regional Directors are rotated to ensure there is continuity in these roles. Directors from odd numbered regions stand down in odd numbered years, and those from even numbered regions in even numbered years. For example, in 2013 elections were held for Region 1, 3 and 5.

Independent Directors

Bridget Coates

Chair

Bridget Coates

Bridget’s current governance positions include being a Director of Tegel Group Holdings, the Chairperson and CEO of Kura Nutrition and White Cloud Dairy Innovation Limited, and a member of the Fonterra Board Sustainability Advisory Panel. Bridget has recently completed a term as Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and was previously a Director of New Zealand Superannuation Fund, Sky City Holdings Ltd and Fisher and Paykel Appliances. In 2014 Bridget was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to business.

Miriam Dean CNZM QC

Independent Director

Miriam Dean

Miriam is currently Chair of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme and a director of Otakaro Limited and Crown Infrastructure Partners Limited. Previous roles include Chair of NZ On Air, Deputy Chair of Auckland Council Investments Ltd, President of the New Zealand Bar Association, a member of the Auckland Transition Agency and trustee of the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company. Miriam has extensive experience in review related work including as recent Chair of the Government’s Electricity Price Review. She is also Chair of the Legal Advisory Group, and a member of the Advisory Committee, of the Government’s Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service to assist with resolution of outstanding claims from the Canterbury earthquakes.

Miriam is the Deputy Chair of the Board

Angela Bull

Independent Director

Angela Bull

Angela Bull is the Chief Executive of Tramco Group, a property investment company that includes significant large-scale land holdings, including the Viaduct Harbour precinct. Prior to this, Angela was General Manager Property Development at Foodstuffs North Island for 8 years. Angela is also an Independent Director of Callaghan Innovation and is a Director of Metro Performance Glass. Angela is a qualified lawyer.

Angela is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and oversees the Commercial & Industrial Sector Group.

Bryan Thomson, FREINZ

Appointed Director

Bryan Thompson

Bryan Thomson has achieved an impressive track record during almost 25 years in the real estate industry working in positions throughout New Zealand ranging from sales consultant to senior management. An experienced director based in Auckland, Bryan was Chief Executive of Harcourts New Zealand for eight years before being appointed to the role of Head of Real Estate Operations for Harcourts Australasia in April 2010. Bryan stepped down from Harcourts in 2013 and now runs his own practice, Thomson & Associates Ltd, focused on management consultancy, Keynote and MC presentations and holds several professional Directorships. Bryan re-joined Harcourts as Managing Director NZ in April 2019.

Bryan Thomson oversees the Auctioneers Sector Group. Bryan became a Fellow of the Institute in August 2013.

Regional Directors

Wendy Alexander, FREINZ

REGION 1 – Northland, Auckland & Coromandel

Wendy Alexander

Wendy Alexander is a Fellow of REINZ and has been actively involved in the real estate industry for nearly 40 years. A staunch supporter of the Institute, Wendy is Chairman of the Remuneration/HR Committee for REINZ. After many years in the role, Wendy chose to retire from her position as CEO of Barfoot & Thompson in 2018 to create time to pursue other interests. In a consultancy capacity, she remains very active in the industry both in Auckland and in the Waikato, splitting her time between her homes in Auckland and Taupo.

Wendy Alexander oversees the Residential Property Management Sector Group. Wendy became a Fellow of the Institute in November 2011.

Neville Falconer, Life Member

REGION 2 – WAIKATO, BAY OF PLENTY & GISBORNE

Neville Falconer

Neville has been in real estate for 33 years. He is a Fellow of REINZ, an AREINZ and was appointed a Life Member in 2013. His industry experience is wide ranging from Sales and Management to ownership of a multi-office franchise of LJ Hooker operating in Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo. Having sold his business to Tremain Real Estate, he is now Board Chair of the Tremain Northern Group based in Tauranga. He has contributed to REINZ throughout his career; including the Board of realestate.co.nz.

Neville became a Life Member of the Institute in 2013.

Mark Coffey, MBA, AREINZ

REGION 3 – HAWKES BAY, MANAWATU/WANGANUI, TARANAKI & WELLINGTON

Mark Coffey

As the owner and Managing Director of Tommy’s Real Estate in the Hutt Valley, Mark has overseen the growth of the business since its beginnings in 2000 as a start-up to now being one of the largest firms in the Hutt Valley. Prior to real estate, Mark worked in mechanical engineering for almost 18 years. Following a change in direction, Mark completed his MBA through Henley Management College in 2001 and attained his AREINZ in 2003. As a Board member of the NZ Realtors group for several years and currently Chairman, Mark has the benefit of understanding the market dynamics of a number of regions throughout New Zealand.

Mark became an Associate of the Institute in August 2003.

Shane O'Brien, FREINZ

REGION 4 – NELSON, MARLBOROUGH, CANTERBURY & WESTLAND

Shane OBrien

Shane has worked in the real estate industry for more than 25 years across a number of positions including salesperson, manager, director and shareholder, establishing a strong track record of working with vendors of some of New Zealand’s most iconic properties. Shane is currently the Managing Director of Colliers International’s first NZ rural franchise in Canterbury with offices in Ashburton and Christchurch where he is involved in sales as well as management, and until recently was their first National Director for Rural and Agribusiness. Shane was an active member of the REINZ District committees from 1998 to 2008 serving a term as Canterbury/Westland District President.

Shane oversees the Rural Sector Group. Shane became a Fellow of the Institute in August 2009.

Gail Hudson, AREINZ

REGION 5 – OTAGO, SOUTHLAND & CENTRAL OTAGO LAKES

Gail Hudson

Gail started her real estate career in Christchurch after a successful marketing and sales career. In 2010 Gail undertook a management/ownership role of a real estate business in Wanaka and in 2012 completed a Diploma in Business Studies in Real Estate. Gail’s most recent role is as General Manager of Bayleys Queenstown and Southland. Gail has represented REINZ in the Queenstown Lakes District as District Forum Leader and with 15 years in the industry is now proud to represent Otago, Southland and Central Otago Lakes area as the Regional Board Member.

Gail became an Associate of the Institute in July 2013.