Our people

Our senior leadership team

Our senior leadership team is responsible for our leadership, performance and deliverables. Our senior leadership team members are:

Belinda Moffat - Chief Executive/Registrar

Belinda joined REA as Chief Executive in September 2020.  Prior to joining REA she was Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and was previously Director of Enforcement and Investigations at the Financial Markets Authority. As a qualified lawyer, Belinda has broad experience in law and regulation across the public and private sector in New Zealand and overseas. Belinda is a strong advocate for consumer protection and supporting high levels of conduct and integrity across New Zealand industry. Outside work, Belinda is passionate about arts, culture and media and supporting tamariki and rangatahi to reach their potential. Before moving back to her hometown Wellington in 2016, she lived and worked in Auckland, and before that London.

Josh Doherty — Head of Regulatory Services

Josh has 10 years of senior management experience in both strategic and operational roles, mainly in the banking and life insurance industries. Since joining REA in 2016, he has been involved in delivering a number of strategic and operational projects. He enjoys strategy development and implementation, operational planning and delivery, leading people and the continuous improvement in customer experience and business performance.

Nadine Thomas — Head of Engagement, Insights and Education

Nadine joined REA in 2019 to lead industry engagement and the continuing professional development programme. She now leads REA’s Engagement, Insights and Education team that delivers communications and engagement initiatives, sector education and research to better understand issues and areas of consumer harm. Nadine is an experienced manager with over 15 years of experience in both the public and private sectors with a focus on customer experience and engagement. She is passionate about personal finance and improving outcomes for New Zealanders.

Victor Eng — Head of Corporate Services

Victor is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience in senior finance and management roles in both the public and private sector. He has extensive experience in implementing strategic initiatives.

Andrew Bulled — Head of People and Capability

Andrew joined in August 2021 to lead REA’s People and Capability function. He has more than 20 years’ human resource experience working across the public and private sectors both in New Zealand and overseas. He is an experienced people leader who is passionate about building inclusive teams and supporting the achievement of organisational priorities through the delivery of strategy and change. Andrew actively seeks to improve the lives of New Zealanders through the work he performs in his personal and professional life.

Marie Snell — Programme Manager

Marie joined REA in early 2022 and has over nine years’ experience in Portfolio Advisory, Project Management and Programme Management, having worked for multiple organisations across the public sector. Marie is passionate about project management and good governance. She currently leads project reporting and ensures that REA has a consistent approach to project management.

Herman Visagie — General Counsel 

Herman joined REA in early 2023, and brought with him a wide range of legal, governance, policy, and executive leadership experience from roles in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining REA, Herman held various roles at TSB Bank including Executive Chief of Staff and Executive General Counsel. Herman currently serves on several not-for-profit boards as well as advising other organisations on governance, strategy, and risk management. Outside of work he is passionate about traveling, and recently returned from an eight-month sabbatical.


Our Board

Our Board is responsible for the overall governance of REA. It is appointed by the Minister of Justice and is made up of experienced practitioners from many professional fields, bringing together expertise in law, real estate, risk management and finance. It has up to seven members, at least two of whom are licensees or former licensees.

Our Board members

Denese Bates, KC (Chairperson)

Denese’s three-year term as Chair of the Real Estate Authority began in February 2019. Before that she had been a member of the board since 2014. She is a King’s Counsel who has had a wide-ranging civil practice. She has also had governance roles in a diverse number of private and professional organisations. She is chair of the Melanesian Trust Board and a director of a number of private companies.

Denese has had previous experience with regulatory and disciplinary regimes including as a member of the Commerce Commission and as a member of the Council of New Zealand Law Society. She has also been chair of the New Zealand Law Society Ethics Committee. She was a member of the Insurance & Savings Ombudsman Commission which runs a compulsory disputes resolution scheme for insurance companies and financial advisors.

Vern Walsh JP 

Vern has a financial services and governance background. He operates a mortgage broking consultancy and is a registered financial adviser. He had an 18-year career with Westpac Banking Corporation.

For over a decade Vern has jointly operated a governance consultancy and training business, Meeting and Governance Solutions Limited. This company works primarily in the local government, sports, and not for profit sectors.

Vern was previously an elected Councillor for Auckland City Council (1998 - 2007) and a licensing trust member (2001 - 2007) and is a former director of the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, a board he chaired for 10 years before standing down in 2019. Vern has also held governance roles in council-controlled organisations and was a member of the Lottery Environment and Heritage Committee (2002 - 2008).

Vern is a Justice of the Peace and in December 2021 he was appointed Chair of the REA Audit and Risk Committee.

He is a member of the Remuneration Authority.

Liz Nidd

Elizabeth (Liz) is a licensee and people manager of Nidd Realty Limited, an independent real estate company which has been operating in Dunedin for 25 years. She has 35 years’ experience in the real estate industry. Liz was president of the Otago Branch of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) for six years and a regional director on the board of REINZ for six years and has now served seven years as a director of the Real Estate Authority. She is also a Fellow of REINZ and holds a Batchelor of Applied Management Degree.

Tony Stack

Anthony (Tony) has been involved in sales and people management for the past 35 years, including 15 years’ experience in the real estate industry in Tauranga and Rotorua, along with national and regional roles in the grocery sector having worked for two large food manufacturers. Tony is the Sales Manager for a retirement village operator with villages throughout the Bay of Plenty region. Tony has broad management and governance experience, is involved in Rotary, and has other community interests in Tauranga.

Latham Lockwood 

Latham is a highly experienced real estate professional with over a decade of experience in the industry. He began his career as a salesperson, and has since progressed to become the Training and Development Facilitator for Property Brokers, where he supports all areas of the real estate sector. In addition to his work in real estate, Latham is also deeply involved in governance and community service. He has served on a variety of boards and trusts in local government, non-profits, and community organisations, including chairing the Kind Hearts Trust and co-founding the Manawātu Young Professionals network. He is also a certified TetraMap Facilitator, using this method to enhance team dynamics by valuing diversity and reducing conflict. 

Mele Wendt

Mele (Samoan, palagi) has 25 years of governance experience and is a respected leader in the education and not-for-profit sectors. She currently chairs Wellington Community Fund, and is a board member of Te Kura Correspondence School, Toi Mai Workforce Development Council, and Tāwhiri: Festivals and Experiences. In 2019, Mele became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to governance, the Pacific community, and women. In 2022, she won the Not-For-Profit Governance Leader Award at the Women in Governance Awards.

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