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James Nilsson joins Colliers Hawke’s Bay as new dedicated General Manager

James Nilsson joins Colliers Hawkes Bay as GM

A dedicated general manager for Colliers’ Hawke’s Bay business, overseeing both the commercial and rural and agribusiness sectors, has been appointed to align initiatives and build on the growth opportunities in the area.

The new GM role will have a particular focus on the areas of the central region of Taupo, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa and will also tap into the almost 700 strong network of people working for Colliers in New Zealand and 18,000 people in 67 countries globally.

James Nilsson, who was recently appointed to the role, has strong links with the commercial, farming and financial services sectors as well as 18 years’ experience operating his own agribusiness venture with offices in New Zealand and abroad.

Simon Tremain, Director of the Colliers’s Hawke’s Bay franchise, says he is thrilled to have Nilsson on board and driving the business transformation of combining the Colliers Commercial and Colliers Rural & Agribusiness divisions.

“This is a key leadership role, with a mandate to build on our success, promote our services, build relationships and explore new ways to grow our business across multiple divisions and offices.

“Nilsson has a multi-disciplinary skillset, local and international networks and real-world experience that will be a massive benefit for the business, and our clients,”

“We know this successful appointment will also demonstrate to the market our dedication in attracting market-leading talent and providing enterprising solutions for our clients,” says Tremain.

Nilsson says he’s looking forward to the new role and is excited to be part of this new growth chapter for the Hawke’s Bay business.

“My background in banking, investment management and creating an internationally recognised merino wool business provide a unique blend of skills that fits well for the next growth phase.

“As a former New Zealand Rowing representative, I have also learnt a lot about focus, clear objectives and collaboration. These will be invaluable in the ability to deliver on our objectives,” says Nilsson.

Nilsson and his family returned from the UK a few years ago and currently reside on their coastal property next to Cape Kidnappers.

James currently sits on the Land Rover Horse of the Year Board as an Independent Director and was formerly President of the Hereworth School Old Boys Association.

Nilsson studied at Lincoln University, graduating with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. He also gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Australia Securities Institute.

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Simon Tremain


Hawke's Bay (Commercial)

Simon Tremain is a Director of Colliers International Hawke’s Bay and a well-known public figure in the Hawke’s Bay and wider community. .

A successful business owner of residential real estate company, Tremain Real Estate, Simon started the Colliers International Hawke’s Bay franchise in 2004 and has overseen its growth to become the top commercial agency, with over 80% market share, in the Hawke’s Bay region. 

Simon works closely alongside the Colliers brokers and with a background in finance and sales, has over 23 years’ experience in commercial and residential real estate and development. 

He is married with four young children and is actively involved in the community through sports events and regular charitable auctions. A keen rugby supporter, Simon sits on the board of the Hawke's Bay Rugby Union and the New Zealand Rugby Foundation and has a strong network of personal and business contacts across the country.

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James Nilsson

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James has recently joined Colliers as the dedicated General Manager for the Central NI Region to support the alignment and expansion of the commercial and agribusiness growth opportunities throughout the Eastern and Central North Island. James has strong links with the commercial, farming and financial services sectors as well as 18 years experience owning and operating his own agribusiness venture from offices  locally and abroad.

His previous background in banking, investment management, and running an internationally recognised NZ brand, provides the commercial experience in helping lead an international brand locally excites me.
Through his expertise, knowledge base and the local and international networks he maintains, he prides himself on being able to identify relevant opportunities throughout the regions.

His philosophy of building a team is similar to a sport he is passionate about - “in a company, we are all in the same boat, and what can be achieved and accomplished working as a team is far greater than any effort as an individual within the crew”.

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