Katrina Tarrant will be stepping into the role of NSW chief executive for the network from late January 2022.
Harcourts Australia CEO Adrian Knowles has called Ms Tarrant’s appointment a “critical first step” for the business, noting that the NSW market is ripe for Harcourts to partner with people who share the same values.
“Katrina has made a name for herself over 28 years as a leader with integrity who has an unwavering commitment to people and a deep knowledge of property processes,” he said.
“An award-winning agent early on in her career, Katrina went on to own and operate three successful agencies, consulting on policy to one of Sydney’s largest councils. Since 2014, she has displayed a natural flair in a corporate capacity where she has been coaching, developing and mentoring principals and their staff on excellence and best practice,” he outlined.
“She shares our belief that while results matter, putting people first is central to success. How we value and respect sellers, investors, buyers and tenants and, most importantly, members of the Harcourts brand, is a value we prioritise above all others.”
Most recently, Ms Tarrant has been the NSW business growth manager at First National, after roles as NSW network manager at Raine & Horne and as Century 21’s NSW area manager.
Reflecting on her roles to date, the new CEO shared: “I’m really fortunate that my experiences across different real estate brands has shaped me and provided me with wonderful opportunities, learnings and insights into what makes great principals and great agents tick.
“I have enormous respect for those leaders at First National, Raine and Horne and Century 21 who have each built a community and offering for their people. And it’s been an honour to coach, grow and mentor in their networks.”
Speaking on the topic of her latest move, Ms Tarrant said she’s “long admired the culture that exists within Harcourts”.
“The values so strongly align with my own personal ethos. NSW is a dynamic state and represents an amazing opportunity for this brand to build on its current network,” she said.
“It brings me immense joy to continue this journey with the Harcourts team. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work alongside the fresh leadership team at Harcourts Australia, with the likes of CEO Adrian Knowles, COO Lisa Pennell, state and department heads whose mentorship, leadership and guidance is creating the most exciting space in Australian real estate today.”
Ms Tarrant’s commencement at Harcourts coincides with “a time of significant technology transformation for the brand”.
She expressed that the new year would bring with it “a year of true innovation for Harcourts”.
“Having been in real estate back in the days when we typed up ledgers, it’s exciting to now be part of the proptech revolution.”
Ms Tarrant’s appointment is the latest in a string of new executive-level appointments at the network.
Recently, Clayton Treloar was named as Harcourts WA CEO, while Adrian Knowles came on board as the network’s chief executive officer of growth back in May before taking on the national CEO role last month.
Back in March, the network also gained the services of Lisa Pennell as the network’s inaugural chief operations officer.