New Zealand Team

The New Zealand team is responsible for the strategic direction of Harcourts nationally. This includes the delivery of support services to franchisees, business development, training, administration, finance, marketing and event management.

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Bryan Thomson

Managing Director

Bryan's career path has been anything but ordinary, spanning a diverse range of business sectors and roles within the stock and station, real estate, franchising and technology industries. Bryan is a man who wears many hats. His governance roles include Directorships on the boards of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, Property Page (NZ) Ltd, and Harcourts Group Ltd. Between 1998 and 2013, Bryan was with Harcourts in a variety of leadership roles including CEO and Director of Harcourts New Zealand before moving into an international role as Head of Real Estate Operations for Australasia. In 2013, he left Harcourts and started his own business consultancy focused on leadership, business advisory and governance. He recently re-joined Harcourts New Zealand as Managing Director. A charismatic leader and public speaker, Bryan has an innate ability to inspire and bring out the best in people.

Jo-Anne Clifford

Chief Operations Officer

Having worked for over 35 years at Harcourts, Jo has experience in most facets of the real estate industry. Now currently the Chief Operations Officer for Harcourts New Zealand she is also a Director and shareholder of the company, and a Director of Mortgage Express and Astute New Zealand Limited. 
Jo has exceptional leadership skills that have been consistently recognised in the various roles within the company that she has held over the years. As Financial Controller she lead the Finance Department in developing the best accounting practices, as Head of Technology she lead the team as they developed the first Harcourts website (now the most visited real estate company website in New Zealand), as Head of Franchise Development she oversaw the franchising of 90 offices from company owned to franchised. She went on to become the Northern Regional Manager where she played a key role in growing the Auckland market share and as Chief Operations Manager she was responsible for the day-to-day running of the company as it grew to over 180 offices with over 1,800 sales consultants within New Zealand. 

With a corporate team of 28 reporting directly to her, Jo has a strong commitment to the highest of professional standards and she is enthusiastic in providing information and tools that her staff can then implement to ensure the success of their franchise owners. There is no doubt that Franchise Owners across the country hold Jo in high esteem, they look to her for advice and direction and they value her business acumen as well as her friendship. Harcourts International Managing Director, Mike Green, and award-winning Franchise Owners such as Graham Viall and Martin Cooper cannot speak highly enough about her leadership, management, and assistance with growth of their own businesses. 
Jo has the innate ability to understand exactly what it takes to build a real estate business as an asset and, most importantly, how to make it profitable. With experience in all aspects of franchising, history in converting a number of offices from other brands and an in-depth knowledge of the Real Estate Agency Act 2008 Jo also continues to work strategically in the business.
In 2015, Jo moved to Chief Operations Officer for Harcourts International, implementing her managerial and directional skills across the eight countries we operate in. In 2019 Jo moved into a New Zealand focused role as Chief Operations Officer. Working closely with the leadership team in each country, Jo continues to work strategically across the business to ensure effective delivery of technology, marketing products, and training, along with business growth and development.


Tim Glatt

General Manager - Northern Region

Having honed his skills in a range of sales and business leadership roles both in New Zealand and overseas, Tim joins Harcourts New Zealand as General Manager of the Northern Region.  Tim is new to real estate but passionate about helping businesses enhance performance by leveraging their systems, structure and people.  His growth mindset and proven ability to build high performing teams with a strong culture will be key to achieving our objectives for the Auckland market and the wider Northern region.


Scott Cousins

Northern Regional Manager

Scott Cousins is proud to be supporting Harcourts’ 43 businesses in New Zealand’s north island as the Northern Regional Manager, ensuring our business owners have the tools and resources they need to build robust and profitable businesses.

With over 11 years industry experience, having acquired his Diploma in Real Estate making him a Licensed Agent and an Associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (AREINZ), Scott’s credentials span property management, residential, commercial and business sales, auctioneering, training and management.

If you are looking to start or advance your career in real estate or auctioneering, Scott would welcome your call. 

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Shane Cortese

Group Auctioneer / Assistant Northern Regional Manager

Shane joins the Harcourts Corporate team as Group Auctioneer/Assistant Regional Manager for the Northern region, driving performance and auction excellence for the group. An experienced auctioneer, Shane previously led the auction team at Harcourts Cooper and Co before spending some time as an independent auctioneer. Being a dedicated full-time auctioneer, Shane has a wide and in-depth knowledge of the auction process, with a very clear, calm, precise negotiation manner and the ability to make both sellers and buyers feel relaxed and confident to make major decisions.


Chris Brearley

Central Regional Manager

Having had a long and successful career with Harcourts as Northern Regional Manager and Wellington Regional Manager, Chris has come back into the fold again as Central Regional Manager.  For the last 15 months Chris has been working with Realty Services Ltd, owners of Eves Realty, and with Bayleys in the role of Compliance and AMLCO Manager.  Based in Tauranga, Chris is well acquainted with the central region and is excited to be working alongside the Harcourts offices located there.


Vanessa Balfour

Wellington Regional Manager

Vanessa brings a wealth of experience to her role as Wellington Regional Manager including more than 15 years in the real estate industry across sales, technical training, support and operations management.

A licensed salesperson under the REAA 2008, Vanessa has extensive knowledge and experience and is passionate about making a difference.


Jim Davis

Lifestyle-Rural, Christchurch / South Island Regional Manager

Jim has re-joined the Harcourts NZ corporate team in the newly created role of Lifestyle-Rural, Christchurch/South Island Regional Manager.

Jim has held both roles within Harcourts in the past and comes with great industry respect and knowledge.  Jim, who is also a director of the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ), has previously excelled in many areas of the real estate sector. Having started out as a sales consultant, Jim advanced through office management, to owning his own real estate business in North Canterbury, before selling to move into the Harcourts corporate team as a business development manager.


Aaron Davis

National Auction Manager

Aaron combines his real estate experience, wealth of negotiation skills and award-winning charm to get your property sold.  As a licensed auctioneer and experienced real estate professional Aaron works closely with real estate agents, vendors and potential buyers ensuring everyone is well prepared on auction day.

In 2006, Aaron bought into the family real estate business in Marlborough.  With a proven track record as a sales consultant, owner and auctioneer, Aaron was a pioneer in his market for embracing being No.1 online and initiatives like the 'Dress for Success' campaigns which would often see him swapping his suit for overalls to help get properties 'market ready'.  Family and friends of vendors would often refuse to believe that the larger-than-life guy toiling away at the working bee was the real estate agent.

Aaron moved to Auckland, where the busier auction market allows him to follow his dream of being Australasia's best Auctioneer.  His successes on a local and national level bode well for him achieving his goal of being the best of the best.


Jodine Clark

NZ Operations Manager - Property Management

Jodine joined Harcourts NZ in August 2018 as Head of Property Management for NZ.  Prior to joining the corporate team at Harcourts, Jodine most recently held the position of General Manager - Commercial Property Management for NAI Harcourts on the North Shore of Auckland.

Jodine has held the position of Business Manager for Auckland Property Management and NZ Business Development Manager for Rockend, supplying software to the property management and body corporate industries in NZ.  During her time as a Business Development Manager, she worked with many businesses throughout NZ including Harcourts which helped Jodine to build on her existing knowledge of the industry and her relationships with business owners and property managers in the Harcourts Group.

Jodine's background in real estate exceeds 27 years and although she has focused on commercial and residential property management throughout her career, she also has extensive experience in body corporate management, holiday rentals and business management.  Jodine specialises in systems and processes, but her focus remains on building relationships.


Tony Kidd

General Manager - NAI Harcourts

Tony is the General Manager of NAI Harcourts and is responsible for the growth of the NAI Harcourts commercial brand.

Tony provides strategic guidance and leadership to ensure NAI Harcourts continues to be established as a leading commercial real estate provider in the New Zealand marketplace.

Tony has significant business and commercial real estate experience, obtained in both New Zealand and the Middle East.

Previous to his current role he was General Manager of a large asset management company based in the United Arab Emirates and before that he was a registered property valuer for fourteen years based in Auckland.


Jennie Harrison

Head of Events NZ

As Head of Events NZ Jennie’s key roles are leading the annual HX conference, delivering the busy calendar of national events and overseeing the execution of high-quality events by the teams across the regions. 

Jennie has worked in events and marketing for 15 years across the UK, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand delivering a variety of events from large scale corporate conferences and public festivals to bespoke destination weddings and more recently the delivery of digital webinars and conferences.

Working her way through event roles, Jennie has developed a holistic understanding of the industry from creative concept and budget, down to the nitty gritty hands-on tasks that take an event to the next level. She is passionate about keeping up to date with current trends and finding innovative solutions to deliver memorable experiences that stay to true to the Harcourts brand and delivering to the exceptional standard that the team expects and deserves.


Emma Revell

Business Relationship Manager / Harcourts Foundation Ambassador

After several years as Harcourts NZ's National Events Manager, Emma now manages Harcourts NZ's relationships with sponsorship beneficiaries and business partners.  She is also the ambassador for the company's charitable arm, The Harcourts Foundation.

Emma is driven to deliver the best events for her delegates and provide the very highest levels of client service to our business partners.


Lorena McDonald

National Marketing Manager

Lorena is an accomplished Marketing Communications professional with experience marketing to both businesses and consumers within a range of industries including property, health insurance, education, legal publishing and software, as well as hospitality and tourism. Prior to joining Harcourts, Lorena was Senior Marketing Manager at Colliers International and is passionate about the property industry. As Harcourts National Marketing Manager, Lorena is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the strategic marketing plans for Harcourts New Zealand’s brand and tactical marketing programs.


Joan Penny (on maternity leave)

National Communications Manager

Current working days - Wednesdays | Thursdays and Friday morning

Joan leads the NZ communications and works across the Harcourts franchise group nationally.  She steers clear and effective multi-channel content for the business, media relations management and drives engagement throughout the organisation.  Her work is driven with positivity at the centre of everything she does.

Kathryn Calvert

Kathryn Calvert

National Communications Manager

Currently working - Thursdays | Fridays

Kathryn Calvert has joined Harcourts NZ as Communications Manager. A seasoned journalist, Kathryn has worked extensively within the media and communications sectors, most recently in health screening and education. She has edited several magazines, worked as media liaison for the University of Auckland Business School, has undertaken communications cover for Parliamentary Services in the North Shore electorate office and was inaugural communications manager for Venture Taranaki and the Massey University Albany campus. Kathryn has worked for Harcourts before – 20 years ago she worked for Cooper & Co as an in-house comms person, and also wrote features for Property Press, the North Shore Times and Suburban Newspapers.


Minnie Baweja

Head of Business Operations, Harcourts NZ

As Head of Business Operations NZ, Minnie comes with the intention of dramatically increasing the productivity and performance of people in the real estate industry. She has a number of years of property management and sales experience and has intricate knowledge of the different facets of the real estate industry. Her love for technology makes her the go to the person for Harcourts systems.


Cassie Smith

Head of Administration / Office Manager

Cassie has excelled in several roles within the Harcourts NZ corporate team, including managing reception, assisting the Legal Counsel and supporting the Business Operations Managers before stepping up to head the administration team and to efficiently manage the day-to-day running of the Harcourts NZ corporate office.

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Tania Greig

National Performance Coach / NZ Head of Academy

Tania Greig grew up in Maketu, moved to Auckland as an 18 year old and spent many years as a High School Teacher in South Auckland while raising her daughters.  In 2005 Tania started as a real estate licensee in Papakura, with Conifer Grove as her focus area. She quickly achieved number one status in her branch and became a top performer in her company. From here Tania combined her real estate knowledge with her education background and has been in a training manager position for the last 10 years. Tania’s personal interests revolve around sport, her family and time at the beach.


Jo Abel

Network Performance Coach

Jo is a passionate learner and knowledge sharer of all things real estate, including professional and personal development.

This journey began with two years in a property management business development role. Jo became a licensee salesperson in 2007 going on to sell residential real estate in Canterbury. In 2020 she completed her Agents License. Jo is also a Certified High Performance Coach trained by Brendon Burchard with the High Performance Institute (USA).


Barbara Ding

Northern & Central Region Academy Trainer

Barbara's recognised credentials as a top performer in both real estate sales and management underpin her role as Academy Trainer for Harcourts NZ corporate office in Auckland.

Her reputation for all things real estate, people, commitment to excellence and acknowledged leadership qualities allows Barbara to train with credibility and impact.   Barbara sets an example with her high level of professionalism and knowledge and translates into tangible benefits for the success of others in their real estate journey and is invaluable in the training environment.

Her reputation for trustworthiness, focused support of others and a sense of humour all bode well to Harcourts' mantra of; 

People First;

Doing the right thing;

Being courageous; and

Fun and Laughter


Sawani Pannila

Financial Controller

Originally beginning her career with Ernst and Young and then Air New Zealand, Sawani brings a wealth of financial knowledge and experience.

As Harcourt New Zealand’s Financial Controller, Sawani’s key role is to help drive the financial success of the business. The role is instrumental in providing day to day financial and commercial support for the New Zealand operations, including the Senior leadership team and the Board.

With experience in leading change initiatives and various continuous improvement projects, Sawani is looking to demonstrate proven results in lifting operating performance and driving growth initiatives across all facets of the business.

Sawani takes pride in having a solutions focused attitude while being adaptable and flexible.