Jo-Anne Clifford

Jo is 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 various roles within Harcourts. 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. 

In 2015, Jo moved to Chief Operations Officer for Harcourts International, implementing her managerial and directional skills across the eight countries we operate in. 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.

Key Messages

Jo speaks about her personal journey intertwined with the history of Harcourts New Zealand franchising through to her current role as Chief Operations Officer in the Harcourts International group.  

Through the 33 years of being involved in Harcourts there has been many business and personal lessons that has helped to shape who she is and she shares those lessons with the audience. Focusing on encouraging young women to strive to take opportunities to grow in business and to surround yourself with family traditions that balances work and life.

Pauline Smith