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.
Phirak Appleton — General Counsel
Phirak is an experienced litigator with over 15 years' experience working in the public and private sectors. Her areas of expertise are civil litigation, public law decision making and advising within a regulatory framework including prosecutions. Phirak has appeared before various tribunals and the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal on behalf of government agencies and private entities. She is passionate about the law and sees working at REA as a great way to ensure the law works for real people and addresses real-life problems.
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. More recently she has led REA’s involvement in supporting the review of the real estate qualifications suite. Nadine now heads up a team that, using a data-driven and risk-based approach, delivers industry and consumer communications and engagement as well as the wider education programme. Prior to joining REA, Nadine has held management roles 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 experience in senior management and finance roles in the private sector, primarily in the manufacturing and distribution of commercial furniture and fast-moving consumer goods. He has extensive experience in implementing strategic initiatives.
Sarah Cantwell — Acting Head of People and Capability
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, QC (Chairperson)
Denese is a Queen’s Counsel who has had a wide-ranging civil practice. She has held governance roles in a diverse number of private and professional organisations. She has been involved with various professional disciplinary regimes both as legal counsel and as a council member of the Auckland District Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society. She has served on Law Society Complaints Committees and has represented the Law Society in disciplinary hearings. She has also been the Chair of the New Zealand Law Society Ethics Committee.
From 2001 - 2009, Denese was a member of the Commerce Commission with particular responsibility for litigation. She is presently a trustee of the Melanesian Mission Trust Board, which is responsible for a considerable portfolio of assets for the benefit of the Church of Melanesia, and she is an executive director of a family-owned manufacturing business. In 2013, she was appointed as a Member of the Insurance & Savings Ombudsman Commission, which operates a dispute resolution service for disputes between insurance companies and financial advisors and their customers. Denese lives in Auckland.
Marion is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. She holds a BSc and BComm from Auckland University and an MBA (with Distinction) from Massey University. She has held senior roles in finance and corporate services in the New Zealand and Australian public services and with the Commonwealth Secretariat based in London.
Her current governance roles include Member of the Accreditation Council and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, and Trustee of the Nazareth Care Charitable Trust, where she also chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Previous governance roles include State-Owned Enterprise, a Crown Research Institute, and the Co-operative Bank.
Elizabeth is a licensee and director of Nidd Realty, an independent real estate company. She has 30 years’ experience in the real estate industry. Elizabeth 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. She is also a Fellow of REINZ and a Trustee of the Otago Peninsula Trust.
Anthony is a Member of REINZ and has been involved in sales and people management for the past 30 years, including 14 years’ experience in the real estate industry in Tauranga and Rotorua. He has broad management and governance experience. Anthony has also managed a business franchise for elderly care and spent a number of years working in the grocery sector.
Latham has worked in Real Estate since he was 21 years old, being part of the 'new generation' in real estate. He is a current licensee and works at LJ Hooker Palmerston North. He is passionate about governance and sits on a number of boards. Latham is Chairperson of the Kind Hearts Trust, Vice-President of the Manawatu Young Professionals Network, and a Member of Parentline Manawatu.
Latham also has a passion for growth and development, specifically business and people, and is a certified TetraMap Facilitator which explores human nature and how we communicate, collaborate and connect with each other.
Vern Walsh JP
Vern has a financial services and governance background. He has operated a mortgage broking consultancy for over 20 years 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). He is currently a 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.