Board of Directors
Mike oversees operations of Bayleys Realty Group, Bayleys Property Services and Bayleys Real Estate Limited and is managing director of Bayley Corporation Limited. A graduate of Auckland University and an associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, Mike is a third-generation real estate professional and is proud to be leading the family company in its fifth decade of business. His on-the-ground experience with Bayleys has seen him progress from hammering in real estate signs, actively selling and leasing property, managing the agency and transactional side of the wider Bayleys Group, to today, taking the helm in a governance role for the overall business operations. He has worked extensively in international markets for Bayleys, maintains significant client relationships nationally and globally, and retains an active presence in the market across all sectors. Mike has been a trustee of the registered charity Keystone Trust, which awards property industry scholarships for young people, since 2002.
John established Bayleys in 1973 in South Auckland with his parents, Graham and Pam, later expanding in the Auckland region then across New Zealand and into Fiji to consolidate a national and Pacific network of Bayleys’ offices. Today, Bayleys is the country’s largest full-service real estate company – and it’s still growing. With brother David, John pioneered new off-shore markets for its clients’ property in the wake of the late 1980s’ sharemarket crash and these initiatives proved invaluable again after the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. As a principal shareholder and director of Bayley Corporation, John remains active in the day-to-day transactional and governance side of Bayleys working with private and corporate clients nationally and internationally. With close to 50 years of industry experience behind him, in 2019 John was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame for recognition of the significant contribution made to the country’s real estate and wider business community.
David was one of the founding directors of Bayleys Real Estate in the early 1970s and along with brother John, is a principal shareholder in Bayleys, New Zealand’s largest full service real estate company. In the 1980s. he proactively instigated the marketing of New Zealand property throughout South East Asia to cast the investment net wider for its vendors’ assets. David’s quiet ability to form lasting working relationships with a broad range of clients across the real estate spectrum has made him a trusted and reliable conduit in facilitating high-value property transactions, both in New Zealand and off-shore. He holds LINZ accreditation on behalf of Bayleys for the marketing of Crown-owned property and today spearheads the company’s international property endeavours in conjunction with Bayleys’ global partner, Knight Frank. David was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2019 for services to the real estate industry.
Mark co-owns 10 Bayleys’ offices north of Auckland – first acquiring Bayleys Warkworth in 2007 and gradually adding to the “Bayleys in the North” network which now has a combined team of around 150 people. Drawing on more than 20 years’ of real estate experience across multiple markets, Mark is adept at identifying, formulating and implementing workable growth strategies for the business and is passionate about developing the skills of his team. Prior to joining Bayleys, Mark held a variety of marketing and management roles for the NZ Dairy Board in New Zealand and Singapore, and for Dunlop Slazenger in the UK and USA. That extensive brand and marketing knowledge was welcomed by Bayleys in 2001 when, as group marketing manager, Mark helped grow the Bayleys’ brand, its’ franchise network and its profile around the country. Mark is family and community-focused and is involved in coaching local sports teams and in governance roles for various community groups.
Ross George is the founder and managing director of Direct Capital, a private New Zealand equity fund. Direct Capital presently invests in private companies to provide the capital to grow and continue to create value. Investments to date include; Fishpond, New Zealand King Salmon, GoBus, Shears & Mac, Rodd & Gunn, Stratex, EziBuy, Ryman Healthcare and Max Fashions. Ross has been in the private equity industry since 1985 and has been involved as an investor and director in many private companies across Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand from startups to large private businesses. From 1985-1992, Ross was a founding director and shareholder of the BKW Group, a Hong Kong-based private equity house that managed private equity funds exceeding NZ$100 million.
Nigel is a well-respected senior corporate commercial lawyer. With an impressive 40 plus years’ experience in the legal industry, Nigel’s practice focuses on commercial and commercial property transactions, including all contractual arrangements, statutory compliance, business structuring and finance. Nigel is regularly involved in complex high value transactions including business acquisitions and restructuring, land acquisition and leasing, construction and development and forestry projects (including the business of carbon trading). Nigel joined Bayleys’ Board of Directors in 2005 and remains director of a number of other private companies.
Renowned for his success in both the sporting and business arenas, in the 1980s John Hart became instrumental in the coaching and development of Auckland’s revered rugby club. This led to his successful coaching of the All Blacks team and a new wave of New Zealand rugby, sweeping New Zealand to victory in the 1987 Rugby World Cup. John enjoyed a successful business career with Fletcher Challenge for more than 30 years and joined Bayleys’ Board of Directors in 2004, becoming an active member of the Bayleys business team. John is presently the director of Sky Network Television, on the board of the New Zealand Professional Golfers Association (NZPGA), chairman of the nominations committee for the Board of New Zealand Sport and chairman of the organising committee for the New Zealand Golf Open. John also runs his own management consultancy firm and is sought after as a public and motivational speaker.