2.30pm – 4.30pm
147 Quay Street,
Includes entry to event, high tea and glass of champagne on arrival.
Chief Operations Officer,
Having worked for over 30 years at Harcourts, Jo has experience in most facets of the real estate industry. Now currently the Chief Operations Officer for Harcourts International she is also a Director and shareholder of the company, and a Director of Mortgage Express.
Jo has exceptional leadership skills that have been consistently recognized 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.
Head of Academy and International Projects
Beginning with Harcourts as a real estate business owner Irene and husband Mike were the number one franchise for New Zealand. Moving to Australia in 1997 the duo began the global expansion of Harcourts and ultimately purchased the company with partner Paul Wright in 2000.
Irene believed a strong focus on growing their people would be their point of difference and has been an integral part of Harcourts Academy for over 25 years introducing successful and diverse programmes in Harcourts training rooms across 10 countries as well as online.
As Harcourts continues to grow Irene is responsible for the induction of new countries and works closely with the Harcourts Heads of Department and new corporate teams as well as travelling frequently to support our existing operations dotted around the globe.
Inducted into the Harcourts Hall of Fame in 2013 for outstanding contribution Irene continues to champion international projects such as Harcourts Inspirational Women, Harcourts Future Leaders and our corporate One Team Leadership training programme.