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Ken Williamson CStJ; QSM; CFInstD; JP

Role

Chair Person

General Information

Ken and his partners built Law Mooney Williamson Insurance Brokers into one of NZ's largest commercial insurance brokerages. They sold 'LMW' to Crombie Lockwood in 2007 and he’s now employed in their Hamilton office. Ken is a Fellow of the Insurance Brokers Association of NZ.

Ken has dedicated his life to community service and has been a governor on a wide and diverse range of Not-for-Profit boards, including within tertiary & secondary education, health, philanthropy, special needs, broadcasting, women's refuge, science, and local body sectors. In addition, he is a director of several highly successful businesses including within the distribution, manufacturing, engineering industries, and commercial property sector. Ken is passionate about the work of the Young Enterprise Trust and he's mentored many high achieving student teams and also acts as a 'YES' judge. He is one of a small number of Chartered Fellows of the Institute of Directors in NZ and is a long serving committee member of the IOD's Waikato Branch. Ken is a Justice of the Peace and has received a Queen Service Medal (QSM), a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship, a Chief of Air Staff RNZAF commendation, and a Hamilton City Citizenship Award for his services to the community.

He commenced his involvement with the Order of St John in 1969 and Chairs its Central Region, as well serving on Priory Trust Board, the Order's national governing body. Her Majesty appointed Ken as a Commander of the Order in 2016.

Ken and Julie live in Hamilton. Their beloved daughter Kate graduated from the University of Waikato in 2016. Ken is extraordinarily proud of his 23 year involvement with the McKenzie Centre. He believes the Centre’s real strength is its people, and what makes them so special is how much they all care for the Centre's very special children. Ken ascribes to the words of Winston Churchill, "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give".