Leonie Freeman

CEO, Property Council New Zealand

Leonie is a well-respected industry leader with extensive experience in the New Zealand property industry, having held top positions in both the public and private sector. In 2011, Leonie was appointed to the board of NZX listed company Goodman Property Trust, and up until her 2018 appointment as Property Council’s chief executive, she dedicated her time to leading an independent philanthropic initiative to solve Auckland’s housing crisis. She was the visionary who in 1996 created one of the first commercial websites launched in New Zealand now known as realestate.co.nz.
Her next business venture involved the purchase of a small run-down residential property management business. Leonie totally transformed this business, growing it exponentially and developed processes and procedures unparalleled in the NZ industry before selling this in 2007.

Leonie holds a Master of Commerce, majoring in valuation and property management and is a life member of the Property Institute of New Zealand, a chartered member of the Institute of Directors, and a member of Global Women. Leonie is a strategic thinker, capable of seeing the big picture whilst also digging into the detail – a rare combination that makes her both an inspirational leader and exemplary spokesperson.