Meet our training team

Our experienced training team provide intensive and varied training and development across all levels, free of charge.

From induction training for new people, to continued career progression and your REA Continuing Professional Development requirements, our team provide an in-house service that is unrivalled in the New Zealand real estate market.


Alex Booth, Head of Talent, Development and Training

Alex Booth, Head of Talent, Development and Training

Alex is an international talent professional with a learning and development, people experience and organisational development background across multiple industries and countries. Originally from Manchester in the UK, she’s been in New Zealand for four years and has enjoyed a strong career in the corporate space working most recently for EY and KiwiRail as well as Auckland University of Technology.

Alex has won industry awards for diversity, development and innovation in the area of talent programme design and implementation. She has an excellent network and is connected to universities, schools, government and supporting talent diversity agencies such as Tupu Toa, First Foundation and Workbridge.

Specialising in the early careers space, Alex is passionate about supporting organisations and people to live their purpose and achieve excellence through innovative, inclusive and engaging strategies and programmes. She’s very excited to join Barfoot & Thompson to do the very same thing.

In her spare time, you’ll find her out on the trails, walking her dog TJ or keeping fit in the gym, either that, or in the kitchen cooking up a storm before putting her feet up with a glass of red.


Ann Fortune, trainer

Ann Fortune, Trainer

With over 20 years experience in computer training, course development and presentation, Ann’s IT knowledge is a great asset to our salespeople, especially in this day and age.

She worked for a major IBM distributor in London for 4 years, designing courses and courseware for 10 training centres throughout the United Kingdom.

After moving to New Zealand in 1991, she worked as Training Manager for Computer Distributors Limited, the largest distributor of Apple Macintosh in New Zealand, before joining our training team.

Ann is extremely passionate about training and says ‘her job is more about the people than the computers’. She gets great satisfaction in trying to make IT easy for people to understand.


Julie Cahill, trainer

Julie Cahill, Trainer

Julie brings over 24 years of experience in the real estate industry, spanning roles as office administrator, property manager, manager of technology and member services for REINZ, trainer for RPNZ, branch manager, and Rising Star in the northern region in her first year of residential sales.

Highly capable and driven, Julie brings a wealth of knowledge from her time as a top-performing salesperson, building a business up to a team of four, and being in the top 2% of sales consultants.

The last 10 years has seen Julie specialising in training, coaching and management, and she brings the variety of skills and expertise needed to help our salespeople get where they want to be.

Julie is excited to help our salespeople succeed, and she looks forward to seeing our Barfoot & Thompson sales force go from strength to strength.


Glen Slaughter

Glenn Slaughter, Trainer

His real estate career began in 1985, and after considerable success on the selling front, he started his own real estate company in the year 2000. Eventually, he added a property management division to his business and built a substantial portfolio of rental properties. The experience and knowledge gained from this period prepared him well for his move to the training team at Barfoot & Thompson.

The Front Runners course is his specialty and he really enjoys engaging with the future leaders of the industry. Glenn’s supportive and effective training ensures that the industry is filled with confident and capable sales professionals.

He is an Associate member of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (AREINZ) and an affiliate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.


Pam Means, trainer

Pam Means, Trainer

Pam started her journey with Barfoot & Thompson in 2006 as a part-time rental assistant, moving to a full-time role as receptionist in the Marketing and Auctions department.

Five years were then spent as an administrator for Meadowlands where Pam gained a good grounding in all aspects of the frontline role. A further two years as a relieving administrator has given Pam the opportunity to see how each branch runs their systems and led her to the Frontline Trainer position.

Having this specialist knowledge has enabled Pam to support and facilitate streamlining within the branches, induct new frontline staff to ensure smooth handovers, and to bring frontline staff together regionally to teach best practice going forward.

Pam brings a wealth of knowledge of our systems, a desire to help frontline grow, and an empathy for those in the exciting and challenging role of frontline administrator with Barfoot & Thompson.