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


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, a member of the Advisory Board for University of Auckland Business School. 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

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.

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 and Deputy Chair of the NZ Institute of Economic Research and is a Director of Metro Performance Glass. Angela is also a qualified lawyer.

Angela is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Angela 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 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 Residential Property Management Sector Group. Wendy became a Fellow of the Institute in November 2011.

Neville Falconer, Life Member


Neville Falconer

Neville was made an AREINZ in 1990, awarded a REINZ Fellowship in 2007 and was appointed a Life Member in 2013. He is the Principal of Realty Link Marketing Ltd part of the LJ Hooker Group operating in Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo. Neville is also President of the LJ Hooker Harveys Property Management Chapter, offering great leadership and guidance to others in the field of Property Management and compliance.

Neville became a Life Member of the Institute in 2013.

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.

Shane O'Brien, FREINZ


Jim Davis

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. He has been involved in all aspects of real estate including campaign management, marketing, auctioneering, management and governance.

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 O’BRIEN OVERSEES THE RURAL SECTOR GROUP. Shane was made a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand in 2008.

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.