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

Dame Rosanne Meo DNZM OBE

Independent Chairman

Dame Rosanne Meo

Auckland-based Dame Rosanne Meo has worked as a company director for over 25 years being amongst the first professional women directors in New Zealand. Her directorships have principally been in New Zealand but also in Australia, and cover both public and private companies, SOEs as well as extensive work in the voluntary sector, particularly in the arts and community support. She is currently Chair of Briscoes Group and AMP NZ Staff Superannuation Schemes and a director of Overland Footwear. She is a patron of the Auckland Philharmonia and has recently retired from the Kelliher Trust and the Middlemore Foundation.

Miriam Dean CNZM QC

Independent Director

Dr Richard Janes

Miriam has a strong legal and governance career spanning over 20 years. She was made Queens Council in 2004, and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2011 for services to law and business. Miriam is currently Chair of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme and New Zealand on Air, a Director of Otakaro Limited and Crown Infrastructure Partners Limited, and a Trustee of the Royal New Zealand Ballet Board.

David McConnell

Independent Director

Stephen Titter

David has a background in business development, specialising in property, construction and infrastructure, and has been a key influence in the direction and leadership of the McConnell Family’s business activities. David is Chairman of ATEED and Chairman of the University of Auckland Business School Advisory Board. In 2006 he received the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award and in 2008, a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship. David is a member of a notable New Zealand family for their contribution to the business and in the public sector.

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 oversees the Auctioneer’s Sector Group. 

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 has been actively involved in the real estate industry for nearly 40 years.

A staunch supporter of the Institute, Wendy is a fellow of REINZ, a Regional Director and she oversees the Commercial & Industrial Sector Group.

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 Commercial & Industrial Sector Group. Wendy became a Fellow of the Institute in November 2011.

Philip Searle, FREINZ


Philip Searle

Born and bred in Gisborne, Philip Searle has served on the Institute’s Waikato/Bay of Plenty/Gisborne District Committee for close to a decade with three years as District President. In 2010, he was elected as Director of Region Two for the Institute and then re-elected in 2012. Philip has extensive experience gained from his involvement with the Institute and community organisations, running an agency and involvement in the horticultural industry. He believes this puts him in a good position to work with other Board members to ensure they achieve the objectives and purposes of the Institute.

Philip Searle oversees the Business Brokers Sector Group and serves on the Audit & Risk Committee and the Documents Committee. Philip became a Fellow of the Institute in April 2008.

Mark Coffey, MBA, AREINZ


Mark Coffey

As the owner and managing director of Tommy’s Real Estate in the Hutt Valley Mark has overseen the steady growth of the business since its beginnings in 2000 as a new startup company to now being one of the largest firms in the Hutt Valley area. Prior to real estate Mark completed an apprenticeship as a Toolmaker and worked in the mechanical engineering field for almost 18 years. “I believe my hands on practical skills learnt from working in engineering have helped me more than I could have ever imagined in business today”. With a change in direction after engineering Mark completed his MBA through Henley Management College in 2001 and attained his AREINZ in 2003.

As a current board member of the NZ Realtors group (New Zealand’s largest group of independent real estate companies) for several years Mark has had the benefit of getting to know the market dynamics of a wide range of regions throughout New Zealand.

Mark became an Associate of the Institute in August 2003.

Jim Davis, AREINZ


Jim Davis

My career in Real Estate spans some 27 years, having commenced with Gillman Real Estate as a salesperson initially. Following a number of years as a consultant, I moved through a management role, into Business ownership and along with a Business partner, spent 7 years owning and running a two office independent Real Estate Company based in North Canterbury.

In 2002 I decided on a change of direction and took on a Franchise role with Harcourts Group, looking after their Franchises in Christchurch and the provincial South Island, and in recent years Harcourts appointed me into a National role as well, looking to grow their rural brand. 

After 12 years in these corporate roles the hectic travel has taken its toll and I recently resigned from Harcourts group to take up a management role with one of the Harcourts Franchises based in Christchurch.

Over my career I have had first-hand experience of working with and understanding the needs of, both independent and Franchise organisations, as well as the needs of large and small Real Estate operations regardless of their affiliation.

I have previously served two terms on the old Canterbury/ Westland REINZ committee as well as periods on Regional Disciplinary and mediation committees under the old regime. In more recent times I have worked on the rural special interest group that was appointed during the current REINZ tenure.

Having owned and operated my own business as well as working with a large number of Harcourts business, I feel I have a good grasp of what is necessary to assist a business and what a Real Estate business needs to survive in the current ever changing climate.  I also feel that the years working at the senior level within a Franchise operation have given me a pragmatic and balanced view on the whole industry, and improved my skills for dealing with people and issues that affect us on a daily basis.

Jim Davis oversees the Rural Sector Group and the Residential Property Managers Sector Group. Jim became an Associate of the Institute in April 1995.

Gail Hudson, AREINZ


Gail Hudson

Gail started her real estate career in Christchurch after a successful career in management and marketing in Auckland and Dunedin. During her time selling real estate in Christchurch she was involved in both residential and lifestyle sales in the South Island.


In 2010 Gail moved to Wanaka and commenced a role in management and ownership with Harcourts Wanaka in conjunction with Holmwood Real Estate the franchise she had worked with in Christchurch.


Gail had a strong desire to gain further professional knowledge and a passion that Real Estate Industry standards should be raised, completing her studies through Massey University with a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in Real Estate in 2011.


In 2013 Gail started a new challenge as General Manager of Bayleys Queenstown. Since that time Bayleys Queenstown have acquired two well known local brands, opened an office in Cromwell and are currently developing the business throughout Southland, recently opening offices in Invercargill and Gore. Gail enjoys her involvement with the expansion and growing the team and has a strong involvement in the auction business that forms an important part of the Queenstown business.


For a number of years Gail has represented the Queenstown Lakes District as the District Forum Leader for the Real Estate Institute and with 16 years in the industry is now enjoying representing Otago, Southland and the Queenstown Lakes area as the Regional Board Member.


Gail became an Associate of the Institute in July 2013.